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Old 04-25-19, 08:12 PM
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Custom Wayne Evans Bike recently picked up

I was home sick the beginning of last week when this showed up for sale on a facebook site. Too neat looking at too good of a price to pass up. The seller said it was made by a Wayne Evans in Denver in the mid 90s. I haven't been able to find any info on the builder but it seems like a really nice bike with honest battle scars.

It's got some really cool lugwork, paint, and a sweet headbadge. Made of Columbus EL Oversize with three bottle cage mounts and rear rack compatible. Right now it's sporting a Dura Ace 7400 setup mainly. I just got done putting it back together and plan to get a few test rides in before I decide how to proceed with it. Right now it's got a fairly heavy set of wheels and 700 x 32 tires.

If I really like this I think I've got a source for someone who can match and touch up the paint. It's got some pretty serious damage from a dropped chain on one stay.

If anyone has any info on this builder I'd love to hear it.


Anyway, some quick cellphone pics I grabbed when I got done.












Love this headbadge!


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Old 04-25-19, 08:33 PM
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Beautiful! Not knowing wouldn't have stopped me from buying it either...
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Head badge is Kokopelli.
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Head badge is Kokopelli.
Yeah, so cool!

There is a Kokopelli Bike company in Cortez, Co that does Titanium bikes. I've emailed them to see if there's any link between them and this earlier bike just out of curiosity.
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Thanks very much for posting this fascinating beauty!

Suggestion - if you can edit your header you might consider adding the Wayne name to it as there is also F.W. Evans of Britain and a third Evans in France.

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Old 04-28-19, 08:55 AM
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A friend was very big in CO in the 90s and knew loads of Frame builders back then. I'll ask.
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That is one sweet bike! The intricate lug work is the topper. I sure would like to see that paint/bike in the sunlight. I obviously do not know what you paid for it, but from your post, it sounds more than reasonable. What size is that, out of curiosity.? You are going to get a lot of lookers for that machine.
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Originally Posted by uncleivan View Post
Beautiful! Not knowing wouldn't have stopped me from buying it either...
+1 and would love for it to be a +1 for me
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OK. I went to British F.W.Evans London Shop in 88, one of the group members bought a bike there for the tour ahead..

England used to have regional shops building their own bikes [Steel F & F], in the back of the shop, selling them in the front.

thats gone now..
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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
Suggestion - if you can edit your header you might consider adding the Wayne name to it as there is also F.W. Evans of Britain and a third Evans in France.
F W Evans is well known, but I'd not heard of an Evans in France. I tried googling for it (evans france bicycle -cadel -"evans cycles" -"tour de france", etc), but kept getting irrelevant stuff. Do you have a link (or could you give another useful search term, such as the name of the town where they were built)?
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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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Thanks very much for posting this fascinating beauty!

Suggestion - if you can edit your header you might consider adding the Wayne name to it as there is also F.W. Evans of Britain and a third Evans in France.

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I tried but it doesn't show...
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A friend was very big in CO in the 90s and knew loads of Frame builders back then. I'll ask.
Awesome, thanks!
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Originally Posted by delbiker1 View Post
That is one sweet bike! The intricate lug work is the topper. I sure would like to see that paint/bike in the sunlight. I obviously do not know what you paid for it, but from your post, it sounds more than reasonable. What size is that, out of curiosity.? You are going to get a lot of lookers for that machine.
Thanks!

It's measuring at 54.6 cm seat tube CTC and 56.5 top tube CTC.

Built in 1993 to compete in the 1994 Paris Brest Paris according to the original owner.
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I got this out yesterday for a 13 mile test ride after knocking out 23 miles testing the Vitus Argal. It was super windy yesterday so hard to tell much about either bike. This one did ride comfortably with what seemed to be stable handling while not being sluggish. I did get on it once and it picked up speed easily. I did have to stop a couple of times to make adjustments. I really just slapped this back together so I could see how it felt under me. So I had to mess with the shifters a bit to get tension right to hold a gear. I'm betting any of my spare wheelsets hanging around with some good 700 x 28 tires will take an easy pound off this bike where it matters. Right now I'm leaning towards using the NOS 9 speed Ultegra triple setup I have on hand to fix this up. This would make it perfect for my long climbing days in the mountains where I can go with only the water I carry for many, many miles. 3 bottle cages will be handy and the old legs would appreciate the triple.

Grabbed this snap out on the test ride.

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Beautiful and someone put a lot of soul into that bike, congratulations.
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F W Evans is well known, but I'd not heard of an Evans in France. I tried googling for it (evans france bicycle -cadel -"evans cycles" -"tour de france", etc), but kept getting irrelevant stuff. Do you have a link (or could you give another useful search term, such as the name of the town where they were built)?
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Have never been able to learn anything of Evans of France.

Have a dark green juvenile frameset which appears it may be built for 400A wheel which came with an Evans head emblem.

It is clearly of French origin and is constructed of a metric juvenile tubeset. (i.e. 22.0mm steerer rather than the adult 25.0mm)

Appears it may be from the 1950's.

Have searched the marque at Tonton and at VeloRetroCourse without any hits.

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Have never been able to learn anything of Evans of France. [...]
It does indeed sound very obscure! But thank you for telling me what you do know.
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Awesome, thanks!
I asked. He doesn't remember the name..
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That is one beautiful bike! Congrats jamesdak!!

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I asked. He doesn't remember the name..
Thanks! This is a tough nut to crack, LOL!
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Just another update on this one as I continue to mess with it before deciding on the build. The wheels,tires, and cassette on this were really heavy! It was weighing 23 lbs and 1 oz with them. A quick temporary swap to some Campy Eurus wheels I had on hand with a Record 10 speed cassette and Conti GP4000S II 700 x 25 tires dropped it down to 20 lbs 5 oz. Swapping in a preferred Fizik Kurve and Thomson seatpost now has it at 20 lbs 1 oz. That's quite a drop with no carbon fiber involved. Should feel more lively on the road today with the changes.

This is more along the lines of what I expected with a Columbus EL OS frame.

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