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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 2:13 pm 
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Cool bikes.

The UP seems to have identical bars/grips to my '83 F W Evans.

Must admit, it's not a patch on the breezer for performance, but equally cool in its own way.

Spec includes Suzue large flange hubs, TA 48/32 chainset, Suntour Mountech rear mech, Suntour Powershift levers, Shimano 600 front mech, Brooks Flyer saddle, etc.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 11:50 pm 
The Guv'nor
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Love the FW Evans...deserves it's own topic for sure. Anymore details? Where did you pick it up from ??


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 8:28 pm 
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Cheers John,

19.5" seat tube - 22 3/4" top tube
126mm rear spacing for 6 speed. (48/32 up front plus 13-34 rear gives a good spread of gears though.)
Stupidly relaxed angles and long wheelbase means very stable but not terribly responsive.
Chang Star 5 finger brake levers and Canti's
501 All Terrain Tubeset (Seems to almost be Tandem Gauge - and weight!).

I can post more pictures if you like, it has some really nice details such as the braced rear cable stop for the brake - love it.

Best bit was - £5 at a car boot sale and just needed a clean! :lol:

Well, I did fit new tyres/saddle as the others were unusable, but I don't consider it bad for the money.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 12:13 am 
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breezerboy wrote:
Best bit was - £5 at a car boot sale and just needed a clean! :lol:


That's a steal :shock:

Looks in great nick too. Would love to see more pictures. Was this something Evans offered as stock or custom? Assume this is the same Evans still trading today?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 12:38 am 
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Will pop a few more pics on tomorrow.

It is the same Evans as today, but back in the day when they were a small local bike store in Waterloo, London (they still have a shop there today).

They started off in '83 doing a few custom bikes (including a couple that where ridden up/around Kilimanjaro) and progressed from there. 1 or 2 off the peg builds were offered but they always offered the custom option, including your own geometry.

I've got a mag from '86 giving more details so will try to do a few scans in the next few days.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 2:21 pm 
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That's lovely, a real fine shape to it! More scans!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 5:20 pm 
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More Pics as requested

Plus the mag scans have been added here.
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1519

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 10:52 pm 
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take it back to the waterloo shop for a service... i bet most of the current staff won't have a clue.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 12:29 am 
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:D Great Bike. :D
These bikes didn't appear until the spring of 1984. I immediately hired one for a weekend from Kingston Cycles, frame number 0001 (resplendant in Saracen black). The others in the shop were silver. About May I bought a silver 23.5 inch model, to which I had them fit drop handlebars.

I'am surprised the Suntour Mountech has survived, the mud wore mine out very quickly. I have lots of info on these bikes and their history and may even have a few old parts.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 12:39 am 
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That is a very attractive bike- love the canti bridge. Looks to be in fantastic condition too. Must get myself to some car boots!

£5... I reckon theres a profit in that!


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