Throwback to the 90’s

ES­SEX OUT­FIT EVAN­SON BIKE WORKS DE­SIGNED, BUILT AND PAINTED THIS SIM­PLY STUN­NING ALL-ROUNDER

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They might have pub­licly aired it in the UK for the first time all the way back in April, but the mem­o­ries of Colch­ester-based Evan­son Bike Works’ stun­ning steed re­mains just as vivid as its multi-coloured paint job. The bike proved one of the most vis­ited of this year’s Be­spoked hand­made bike show, held once again at Bris­tol’s Brunel Old Sta­tion, and you can see why. But as de­signer and builder Richard Evan­son re­veals, that love’s more than skin deep. “It’s in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Hope Tech­nol­ogy, which they dis­played at the Ber­liner Fahrrad­schau [Ber­lin bike show] in March,” Evan­son ex­plains. “The cus­tomer wanted an all-road bike that’d ac­com­mo­date a 650b tyre so she could go bike pack­ing, tour­ing… At last year’s show, there was an award cat­e­gory for ladiesspe­cific bikes and my other half was, ‘ If you do the show again, bring a ladies’ bike.’ I did – but there was no cat­e­gory! Still, it’s a bike I’m proud of.” Evan­son only started de­sign­ing and forg­ing his own bikes in 2015 but fast-tracked his tal­ents un­der the watch­ful eyes of ac­claimed builders Ken Baker and Lee Carey.steel al­low up­front, Evan­son.“The tub­ingex­tra Evan­son­bike’s flared“In clear­ance­and fact,a bars beast pre­dom­i­nant­ly­did two of­ferso and­for pan­nier­sagain wider greater­can here.fit off-road­workscan three sta­bil­ity.Zon­afit bot­tles,”eas­i­ly­with ATB tyres Colum­busa­long chain­stayswhile,adds with a fur­ther front-load­ed­bot­tle cages,bag. There’sal­beit one’s ac­tu­ally de­signed ca­pac­ity for fora hip two flask. All in all, it’s about ver­sa­til­ity as, in­creas­ingly, more peo­ple want a one bike for all sit­u­a­tions.” Which is all great but we know what you’re think­ing – what about that paint job? “The cus­tomer wanted a semi-fem­i­nine look and we thought that 90s an­odised throwback worked per­fectly,” says Evan­son. “Yes, this colour is a touch flam­boy­ant but it’s clear that many of us judge a bike by its colour.” www.evan­son­bike­works.com

Right Slick disc brakes cover stop­ping du­ties with im­pres­sive con­trol

Above right De­signer and frame­builder Richard Evan­son

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