I’ll tell you right now what you should be doing this weekend…. heading to the Handmade Bicycle Show Australia. If you’ve never experienced handmade there is no better place … the best of the best, all in one place, exhibiting their finest work. This is one event that is not to be missed.
The 2018 Handmade Bicycle show was a massive hit with the Melbourne cycling community, so it’s back in 2019, promising a larger and more diverse range of exhibitors. I caught up with the masterminds of the show, Nathan Lorkin and Michael Hands to chat about what to expect.
In short there will be 40+ exhibitors this year (versus 22 last year), including leading Australian frame builders such as Darrell McCulloch, Ewen Gellie and Darren Baum. In 2019, the event will also play host to makers and builders from New Zealand and North America, and from as far away as Lithuania and Réunion Island, a remote French Territory in the Indian Ocean.
You will get to see many of the best handmade bicycles and accessories available from around Australia and the world, exhibiting a diverse range of bicycles and building styles that will open to your eyes to the art form that is ‘handmade’. I’m lucky enough to have experienced handmade, it’s one of those experiences that changes you… you can’t go back… it’s like taking the red pill, and getting to stay in wonderland. #thematrix
The Handmade Bicycle Show Australia has quickly become recognised as the leading industry event for the Asia Pacific region, joining the likes of the ‘North American Handmade Bicycle Show’ (NAHBS) and ‘Bespoked’ in Bristol, UK; collectively reflecting a global resurgence of premium bespoke bicycle makers catering to the global cycling culture.
So, if you’re in Melbourne, take advantage of having this awesome show on your doorstep and join me for a drink and to stare many beautiful bikes.