Celebrating Craftsmanship: Bespoked Handmade Bicycle Show’s Inaugural Day at Dresden Airport Proudly Marks a New Chapter
DRESDEN, GERMANY – October 14, 2023 – For the first time, the Bespoked Handmade Bicycle Show graced the European mainland, unveiling a worthy spectacle of artistry, innovation, and craftsmanship at the Dresden Airport. Boasting 102 exhibitors from 17 countries, Day one, dedicated to the press and special guests as well as several hours for the general public showcased an exceptional ensemble of handcrafted bicycles, marking a milestone in the show’s illustrious journey.
- 🇩🇪 Germany: 50
- 🇫🇷 France: 9
- 🇬🇧 UK: 9
- 🇳🇱 Netherlands: 7
- 🇨🇿 Czech Republic: 6
- 🇵🇱 Poland: 4
- 🇮🇹 Italy: 4
- 🇧🇪 Belgium: 3
- 🇩🇰 Denmark: 2
- 🇨🇴 Colombia: 1
- 🇱🇹 Lithuania: 1
- 🇵🇹 Portugal: 1
- 🇺🇸 USA: 1
- 🇨🇭Switzerland: 1
- 🇪🇸 Spain: 1
- 🇺🇦 Ukraine: 1
- 🇹🇼 Taiwan: 1
With the elegant, modern backdrop of Dresden Airport, handmade bicycles, components and accessories exhibited a blend of aesthetics, functionality, and innovation amid a familiar and collegial atmosphere of craftspeople and industry experts.
The inclusion of new award categories and specialized recognitions like the Mike Burrows Award for Innovation and the SRAM Scholarship Award underscored the show’s commitment to celebrating diverse and pioneering talents.
The highlight of the day was the highly anticipated awards ceremony, celebrating the pinnacle of craftsmanship and innovation in bespoke bicycle creation. Each piece, a testament to the talent and ingenuity of its creator, stood as a considered work in its own right, yet as a bike show, it’s not without an aura of friendly competition and the Bespoked Awards motivate creators to go above and beyond each year.
Each bike was judged by teams of judges for specific categories throughout the day and each first-place prize was awarded based on various criteria including beauty, craftsmanship, functionality and innovation. Each recipient received a one-of-a-kind handmade Star Wars-themed sculpture & Engraved Dynaplug keepsake by event organiser Petor Georgallou
- Best New Builder (Bikerumor): Project D
- Best City/Utility Bike (Fahrstil): YAAD
- Best Road Bike (GCN): Quirk Cycles
- Best Finish (Bespoked): Jack Kingston for Quirk and Spoon Cycles
- Best Single Speed (Rennrad News): Ballern Cycleworks
- Best Cargo (Twotone Amsterdam and CRANK! Communication): Journeyman Cycles
- Mike Burrows Award for Innovation (European Bike Project): Project D
- Best Off-Road Bike (GMBN): Acto5
- Best MTB (Schwalbe): Bordure
- Best in Show (Bespoked): Drust Cargo Bike (images below)
In addition, in the “SQLab Build Off”, sponsor SQLab gave different frame builders 1000 euros to build and equip bikes with SQLab products, and the best builder, Supercycles, was selected due to the many options and variabilities to equip, change and individualize, fitting the brand mission to offer individual products and variability for all riders.
Bespoked organiser Petor Georgallou made a point to inform the large crowd assembled for the Awards that each year, it is only through the help of volunteers, sponsors and supporters that makes Bespoked possible. Some of these exceptional contributions were subsequently recognized at this years’ Bespoked:
- Most Outstanding Contributor: Sour Bicycles
- Most Valuable Community-Builder: Roman Elsner of Cycling Saxony & Qvist Hubs
- Absolute Legend” Award: Bennet of Ballern Cycleworks
- SRAM Scholarship Award Awarded to all 4 SRAM scholars
- 1. Atelier Pariah - Swanee Ravonison www.atelierpariah.com – @swanee_swanee
- 2. Driss Boucif - Boucif Custom Bikes @boucif_custom_bikes
- 3. CJ McGovern - CMG Bicycles cmgbicycles.com – @cmgbicycles
- 4. Tore Jørgenson - Star Fish Bicycles søstjernecykler.dk – @starfishbicycles
As we move into the main days of the Bespoked Handmade Bicycle Show, the high press response yesterday underscores the appeal and significance of this platform. The Dresden cycling industry and communities are not just helping us to host the event but, in essence have drawn the European cycling center to Dresden and provided an inclusive space where art, craftsmanship and passion converge, promising an unmatched experience for every attendee.Petor Georgallou, Bespoked Organizer
Bespoked is open from today Saturday October 14th 10am-6pm as well as tomorrow the 15th at the Dresden Airport on the upper Mezzanine level, easily reached through the main airport entrance.