Tobacco Dock, London
The seventh year running of the best UK custom bike show was bigger and better than ever.
And the classic and vintage theme was everywhere.
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The Bike Shed started as an internet blog, following a modern sportsbike rider, Dutch, through his change to custom bikes and the scene that he found.
It gained momentum, (as many others were finding modern bikes not to their taste anymore), grew to a show a few years later, then gained a permanent base in London with somewhere to meet, eat and enjoy bikes; London style.
The show is continually morphing, each year getting bigger, better and of a higher quality.
Gone are the days of stripping air-head BMWs and fitting nonsense tyres – the quality of the bikes this year was truly inspirational.
Whether the bikes came from professional builders or keen amateurs, the metalwork, choice of parts and innovative designs were sublime.
Some I liked, some I didn’t, but all were superbly finished.
Most bikes were based on models that are Seventies and newer, but Meriden Triumphs were plentiful, and there was even an NSU-engined speedway-style bike.
Read more and view more images in the July 2019 issue of CBG – on sale now!