I had the great pleasure of attending Bespoked Bristol, the UK Handmade Bicycle Show on Saturday. The show is now appropriately held in Brunel’s wooden train shed at Temple Meads – a building elegantly marrying form and function, a quality found in glorious abundance on exhibitors’ stands.
Judging by the quality of the craftsmanship on show, handmade frame building appears to be in rude health. With Bristol basking in early spring sunshine, and exhibitors keen to show off their wares, the palpable positive vibes and sense of pride were infectious.
Cold realities of austerity and deficit reduction could be forgotten, if only for a short while.
However, they were all winners as far as I’m concerned.