Bristol Bike Artists Collaborate to Create Change
Bespoked Bristol is a UK-based public event promoting the international talents of independent makers and designers of the bicycle world--the place for the public, industry, and press to meet independent makers and designers of all things bikes!
Bespoked Bristol organizers Tessa and Phil Taylor understand the craft and passion of beautiful bicycles and the importance for the makers and designers to have the opportunity to promote their work to the public, as well as swapping ideas and building a community. So on April 12-14, over 6000 people came to view stunning handmake bicycles, talk with the makers, and in some cases get fitted for their own handmade set of wheels.
But the event went beyond the already amazing feat of promoting the craft of handmade bicycles--it also provided an avenue to share about WBR's Buffalo Bikes and raise funds to get more of them in the field! Raffling off one custom, hand made bike to the lucky winner, Bespoked Bristol raised over $2,000 USD (£1300), half of which will benefit WBR while the other half helps The Bristol Bike Project, a local organization supplying and repairing bikes for those in need of transport.
With such high stakes at hand, every raffle donor anticipated the moment when Bristol's Mayor George Ferguson would draw the winner--a very lucky Mark Jones!
But what happened next was equally exciting--Mark didn't just get shuffled off to have his custom bike fitted and designed out of the public eye. Instead, over the next few days of the event, his bike was designed and built by an incredible list of collaborating bike artists before an audience--a lot of hands were to be on this project before Mark would be on the road! His new bike's last stop for assembly will be the aforementioned Bristol Bike Project, coming full circle from it's raffled origin. Be sure to get a Power of Bicycles sticker on that frame, Mark!
World Bicycle Relief would like to thank Bespoked Bristol, its organizers Tessa and Phil, and all of the collaborators who gave their time and art to create a bike that empowers those in need:
- Robert Wade (Swallow Bespoke)
- Paul Hewitt (Paul Hewitt Cycles)
- Brent Curry (Bike Cad)
- Andrew Denham (The Bicycle Academy)
- Ryan McCaig (Oak Cycles)
- Ceeway Bike Building Supplies
- Klaus Greuter (Sapim)
- Jon Webb (Just Riding Along)
- Brick Lane Bikes
- Tim Ward (Schwalbe UK)
- Marco Bertolotti (Legend)
- Libertine Bicycles
- Mark Reily (Enigma)
- Jason Rourke (Brian Rourke Cycles)
- Matthew Sowter (Saffron Frameworks)