Archive for April, 2015

The strange and beautiful bicycles of Bespoked

This weekend Boneshaker had a blast at Bespoked UK Handmade Bicycle show. It was a brilliant showcase of the range and quality of contemporary bicycle building. Our little stand was wedged in between Quoc Pham shoes, Brooks England’s bags and Vulpine’s stylish cycle clothing.

I snuck away one afternoon and tried to capture a flavour of all the bizarre and beautiful bikes on show. Using my shitty phone, and surrounded by people. So the pics are a bit, well, amateur. But the bikes more than make up for it. Feast your foolish eyes!

How’s this for a saddle? Mmm, comfy.

corinca painful saddle web

A frame that adjust to fit you: ingenious stuff from Hickman:

hickman amazing seat tube

Cofa Engineering‘s custom off-roader looks like it was built for the Terminator:

terminator bike by cofa engineering local

while this race machine from Sword cycles comes equipped twin machine guns.

sword cycles flight deck web

and Bowers Kustom‘s foldable shopper has snakeskin tyres.

bowers kustom snakeskin tyre by sweetskinz


Our pals at Restrap teamed up with Woodrup cycles to create this Transcontinental race bike, complete with a

completely strapless magnetic frame bag.

woodrup restrap continental


Cambridge-based Satoma Cycles went all Rennie Mackintosh:

satoma does rennie  mackintosh


Whilst Dear Susan created this faithful realisation of Edward Gorey’s Epipleptic Bicycle:

dear susan epileptic bicycle gorey


There was lots of lovely lugwork on show, like these chrome beauties from new builder Hilton Cycles.

lovely lugs by hilton


And these hearts ‘n’ diamonds by Woodrup.

swallow lugs


This colour-coordinated porteur by Robin Mather set onlookers swooning,

mather porter


as did Saffron Frameworks‘ prizewinning cross bike. saffron cross bike


Koushou Kinugawa (aka Helavna Cycles) had travelled all the way from Tokyo with his lovely machines:

helavna chrome helavna cycles koushou kinugawa tokyo

and then showed us a magazine that revealed just how inventive Japanese framebuilders can be. Check out this snow bike:

map bike mag snow bike

and this more summery barbecue bike:

map bike mag bbq bike


Like to relax while you ride? Try lying down:

japan bike mag lying down bike

Mind you, cycling whilst actually lounging in a hammock looks even more laid back:

map bike mag hammock bike



Finally, a feast of forks. Really long ones, on a chopper by Bowers Kustom:

forks bowers kustom chopper

Polka dots from Rusby cycles

dotty forks rusby web


Tattooed forks on the Toccata Track bike by Merenyi.

forks tattoo forks on toccata track by merely


Lovely colourplay from Field Cycles

forks field cycles sheffield


Another fabulous fork by Field

geo forks by not sure


Rainbow forks from new builders Dear Susan.

forks dear susan


…astonishing thread-wrapped frame and forks by titanium specialists Nevi

forks devi


and naval camoulflage-inspired paintwork from Tom Donhou:


forks donhou



It’s been a whirlwind of a weekend, with so many happy bike memories – not least the response to our brand new issue: Boneshaker #16 (available from Apr 21 via Newsstand and from our fabulous stockists as soon as we can get it to them), which we launched, hot off the press at Bespoked. Here’s a sneaky peek in case you missed it:

BS16_Sneak-Peak web

The Vague Direction Book

Friend of Boneshaker, Dave Gill, wrote a fantastic piece, The Ups & Downs of a Year-Long Bicycle Tour for issue #15 and has now gone and written a book about his year-long spin across the states. It looks set to be a great read – go on and support it here!

A natural storyteller, Dave’s ambition is bigger than a mere bicycle tour: it is to grapple with the heft of human existence, to explore notions of contentment and doubt, regret and hope with the many fascinating people he encounters along the way. Boneshaker Magazine

Issue #16: first glimpse

cover printing web

The brand new issue of Boneshaker is whizzing off the presses as I type, ready for launch at Bespoked, the UK Handmade Bicycle Show which runs from 17-19 April. The show’s based at two venues in Bristol this year: the mighty Brunel’s Old Station near Temple Meads and at the Arnolfini arts centre by the docks.

Boneshaker have bagged a stand in the Arnolfini – there will be loads of bicycle-related stuff going on in there, and entry is free all weekend.

Come down and say hello and grab a copy if the fresh issue while you’re there!

If you can’t make it to the show, look out for Boneshaker very soon at one of our fine stockists (badger them if you can’t find it) or order online via our pals at Newsstand (their website looks dated but their service is great).

In the meantime, here’s a sneaky peek at the new issue in all its glory:

BS16_Sneak-Peak web


and a couple of photo spreads to whet your appetite…

OpeningDPS web


Bikes_HiRes_3 web




From London cycle courier to worldwide adventurer, Emily Chappell has discovered a world that exists outside of Zone 1. She’s passionate about her bike and it is this passion that has taken her across the world and most recently to Alaska to ride across the snow in the middle of winter. She also wrote a fantastic piece for boneshaker #13 about the challenges of cycling in China. This talk is a must for pedal heads, adventurers and anyone who just wants to be inspired!

Wednesday 15th April – Bristol 7.30pm at Ellis Brigham. Book your tickets here!