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Handmade Bicycle Show Australia 2023: Part one 

Kicking it off with stunning Australian creations from the likes of Baum, Devlin, and Killen, plus Italy's Officine Mattio.

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by Dave Rome 06.06.2023 Photography by
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The Handmade Bicycle Show Australia (HBSA) is something I look forward to each year. Held in the beachside suburb of Williamstown across the bay from Melbourne city over the weekend just past, it offers a beautiful backdrop for some of the world’s most desirable and often forward-thinking boutique bikes. 

The Aussies punch well above their weight in this scene, and every iteration of this show impresses. With much to capture (and even more not captured), I’ve broken up my coverage of the show into three (maybe four) parts. Each instalment will offer a mix of everything from internationally-renowned names to exciting newcomers, from mountain to road, from the dreamable to the attainable, from fully-custom creations to more off-the-shelf options, and from Australian-made to other corners of the planet.

If you enjoy this first part, I offer you a money-back guarantee that you’ll enjoy the other parts (coming soon). 

On with the show! 

Are you viewing on a mobile-sized screen? This gallery is best experienced on a TV with a bowl of popcorn in hand, or perhaps on a Desktop computer. If sticking with the phone, please do these builders a favour and turn your screen sideways.

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HBSA is held at SeaWorks, Williamstown, an old shipbuilding shed that’s now an event venue. It’s a large open space, with many other exhibitors hidden out of view of this shot.
Evan of Terra Rosa Gear continues to upcycle materials into wholly functional garments, bike bags, and camp accessories. It’s a philosophy and skillset that’s led him to become a design ambassador for Arc’teryx.
Wheel Society is a Melbourne-based custom wheel-building company that brings an impressive amount of engineering, experience, and detail to its laced creations. Every wheel is built with custom-cut bladed spokes (to ensure the thread is perfect) and even includes wheel balancing (the jig shown on the left, a process that of course needs to be repeated if the tyre is changed or moved).

Moving forward, all of Wheel Society’s wheels will be built on Chris King hubs, with either DT Swiss or Sapim bladed spokes, and own-branded carbon rims (mostly open mould, but unique designs are on the way). Expect to pay AU$3,800 (approx US$2,500) for a set of these.

That’s it for part one of the Handmade Bicycle Show Australia 2023. Don’t worry, there’s plenty more on the way!

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