For a new concept to pick up pace and establish itself, quite a few elements need to sync in together. A great concept isn’t just about having the best and brightest ideas, but it is also about the right timing to ensure that the idea is exactly what people are looking for. This is somewhat the story of The Bike shed.
Started as a blog by Anthony “Dutch” van Someren during the final months of 2011, The Bike Shed was an expression of his latest transition from a “crotch-rocket” loving sportsbike riding to a more relaxed, bespoke style of being about motorcycles. The “new wave” of custom motorcycles had gripped Anthony then, and he wanted to be a part of the cafe racer, brat-style, scrambler, tracker world. Since the whole custom bike building scene was quite major across Europe and U.K., Anthony found himself amidst the ideal setting for his new online venture.
By 2013, joined by his friends and custom builders Tim and Kev from Spirit of the Seventies, Adam from United Motorcycles and Art Director Barry from Two Wheels Only and Motorcycle Deluxe, The Bike Shed went from an online-only community to a brick and mortar motorcycle event with about 70 or so curated motorcycles at Shoreditch, London.
Fast forward to 2017, just four years from their first event and The Bike Shed has become a global sensation and the go-to event that anyone who loves custom motorcycles has to go at least once. The idea here is simple, yet a momentous challenge to put together. The Bike Shed brings together some of the best, most polished custom motorcycles from around the world, carefully curated and displayed in the most gorgeous fashion.
The Bike Shed 2017 London, that took place the Tobacco Docks was not only bigger than before, but it also included some of the most exquisite custom builds. In the photos below, you can have a look at a highlight from the event and some of those custom motorcycles in every shape and form; from custom cafe racers to scrambler, to bobbers and truly unique creations like Marcus MotoDesign’s Ducati 996 F1 Tracker. Enjoy the gallery below brought to you by our friend Will Nicholson who tried to squeeze a couple of shots through the crowds at The Bike Shed London 2017.