Having read Blues write up of the Bike Sheds soiree in the spring and that was it
I wanted to go and thankfully those splendid people put a second show in the Autumn.
On one of the best riding days seen for ages I headed off at sparrows, A-Z in hand
to deepest darkest London. And amazingly I did not get lost.
Being early meant I was a lucky one to squeeze into the limited secure parking. But
at a small cost of £3 for parking and £5 for the show I thought that very respectable
for a London event and certainly for the quality of bikes on displays. the show is
billed as a "continuing celebration of the cafe racer and brat style custom creative
Now this was refreshing as most bikes were modified German and Japanese of the 70's
and 80's and modified in ways we all wished we could have built then in the 1980's
if only we had the knowhow, money and aptitude.
Lots of the bikes were also small capacity which was nice. but it was more than the
bikes as there is a strong scene around this style of bikes. The show reflected this
with clothing, lifestyle ideas and even specialist coiffurer for those who needed
pampering after wearing a helmet or just an urge to remain dapper.
the show was held in the Shoreditch studios and each bike was displayed on a plinth
which was refreshing.
For me the stand out bikes were the board track triumph 500 and the lovely virago
in a unique style.
But venturing over the road to the bike park under the flyover there were more interesting
bikes and graffitti and the most gorgeous BSA M20 ratbike.
It was steadily getting busier and busier but the atmosphere was still great and
it was obvious the party was going to go on and on.. But sunshine like this in October
only means one thing.. lets ride so I did only randomly to find steam traction engines
chugging through London.
Plans are already underway for another do next May and that sounds fab but get there
early its busy.