Behind the Bikeshed

Inside the Bikeshed show
The Bikeshed attracted more than 7,000 visitors last year

Part bike show and part art exhibition, the custom motorcycle event returns to London this weekend, as Ian Marsden reports

Hot on the heels of a successful first foray into Continental Europe with its Paris show, the Bikeshed is back at Tobacco Dock this weekend for what has become an annual event. This is its third time in London, and as usual it promises an eclectic array of machinery from the new wave custom scene.

On display are about 150 bikes from builders such as Spirit of the 70’s, Down and Out, and Red Max Speed Shop. But while these are undoubtedly the stars of the show, there’s also the opportunity to buy bike-related art and photography, as well as top quality bike gear and apparel.

Expect some of the artwork to extend to items such as crash helmets, and even the body; a tattooist is on hand for the braver visitors and a barbershop for anyone fancying a restyle.

For those with deeper pockets there is also the odd machine on display to be purchased. And although these will undoubtedly divide opinion, that’s what bikes do.

Refreshments are available, plus there is a proper bar and barrista coffee.

Tickets for the Bikeshed cost £15 and cover entry for both Saturday and Sunday.

Opening times

Saturday, May 23, 10am - 10pm

Sunday, May 24th, 10am - 6pm

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