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Custom - Bags for The Printing Bike

In 2014, Nick Hand a graphic designer and printer, and Robin Mather, a frame builder, built a bicycle to carry an Adana 8x5 printing press. The aim was to ride from Bristol, where Nick runs a letterpress print shop, to Mainz – the place where printing with moveable type originated. At the beginning of this year, Nick mentioned that he was planning another trip on the bike, this time from Lands End to John O’Groats. The idea was to visit places along the way that are known for making one thing in particular, documenting the journey by printing en route. Nick asked if we would make a set of fabric covers and bags for the bike to replace the heavy...

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Custom - The Big Rack Bag

A while ago a very friendly, Bristol based family got in touch regarding a custom bag. They wanted a huge, robust, and simple bag to throw anything and everything into when travelling on their custom made cargo bike. Proposed cargo included food, beach stuff, small bikes for the young member of the family etc. Jacob and I discussed the bag requirements, and our maker friend Pi (from got involved to make a custom rack. We all got making and delivered the bag and rack a few weeks later. We've had reports back that the bag is being enjoyed and well used. Bag specs:- Heavy duty waxed lower and unwaxed upper- Long shoulder carry straps with handle- External slip pocket for...

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Bespoked 2017 - The UK Handmade Bike Show

Bespoked UK was Purple Patch Workshop’s first hands-on exposure to the world. And what a fantastic experience it was! We didn’t know if show timings would work well for us last year and ended up missing the deadline for the main exhibitor area. Luckily Phil and Tessa had a plan for accessory and apparel related exhibitors in the form of a ‘marketplace’ area which allowed us to make a later decision and still be part of Bespoked 2017. We were overwhelmed with the positivity and encouragement received from visitors and other exhibitors. Really encouraging comments were made about our use of traditional and natural materials, our ability to customise products and the fact everything was made in-house, a few hundred metres from the...

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