An estimated 1,800 people attended the second day of Bespoked Bristol, the UK’s hand made bike show.
Organisers operated a ‘one in, one out’ policy as people queued around the block for entry to the show at Brunel’s Old Station.
Hungarian frame builder, Daniel Merenyi, who trained under master frame builder, Dario Pegoretti, exhibited his latest custom creation, the Bel Canto, a track frame to be used at the Austrian national championships.
The drive side seat stay features the Italian phrase: “Te la canti che tai cata l’America”
Mereyni explained: “It means, ‘Sing beautifully because you have found America’. Dario told me when Italians sailed to America and saw the Statue of Liberty, they felt lucky. Dario always said be happy with the things you have learned. That’s why I chose Bel Canto. It’s my homage to Dario. It’s my way of saying thank-you.”
Check later for our full interview with Daniel, in which he describes his time with Pegoretti, and why he spent four hours cutting his logo into the bottom bracket shell of the Bel Canto.
In a room off the exhibition hall, exhibitors wheeled in their machines to be photographed by official show photographer, Kayti Peschke. Here’s a selection.
Remember – there’s still one more day to come and see a selection of some of the most beautiful hand made bikes in the country.
All photographs: Kayti Peschke