Evanson Bike Works

Richard Evans






Maker - Richard Evanson

Where - Colchester, United Kingdom

Designer - Richard Evanson






These crafted and bespoke bicycles, hand built in Colchester, Britain's oldest recorded town, are made to be used. From the ground up, each bike is specifically fabricated for the rider and tailored to his or her needs. The company is built on a wealth of knowledge in steel frame building and bicycle mechanics. These bikes have been tested, ridden and loved.





20 Church Walk, Colchester, CO1 1NS

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How would you define your style as a framebuilder?

To me the best bikes are the simplest. With the vast array of parts you can create something special, yet it is the fit that counts the most. I try and spend a day riding, chatting and getting to know the customer with each build. You get it perfect and it will fit like a glove. Having ridden bikes all my life, knowing they will be running in decades to come means a lot to me. I love the fact that most of the frames I have built to date have been clocking up mile upon mile both here in the UK and abroad.


How did you get into framebuilding?

I worked as a professional mechanic both here in the UK and in Europe. I knew what I wanted from the bikes I used, but just couldn't find the perfect bike for my needs. So a local frame builder started helping me and under his supervision I learnt the trade. After several years I went it alone and started building bikes for other people.


Do you remember your first bike?

Yes, it was a solid tyre child's bike that was red. I broke my arm on it when I was seven zooming around the neighbourhood. I remember it well. As I walked home my mum said there was nothing wrong with me. Hours later I was up in A&E with two broken bones in my arm and six weeks in plaster.


Who or what has inspired you along the way?

There have been some great framebuilders here in the UK who have helped out, even with little things. I think we are lucky to have a community of like minded people to throw ideas off, have a beer and just chill-out with. This year I spent a day with Masi and Simone at Masi Bicycles in Milan. I learnt more in that day than I would have ever thought of. Columbus and Brooks have been a huge help in supporting me. Working with them I'll be producing some very special builds next year.


What can we expect to see from you at Bespoked 2017?

I am working on a few bikes for the show. One is a collaboration with Hope and another as part of an artist series that will be launched with a Kickstarter project in the coming weeks. The paint jobs on the four bikes are going to be unique, each with a different artist. With only four bikes being produced it is going to be a lot of fun.


I'm also going to be bringing the N-1 (I really need to call her something better) - a bike that has been out in the U.S and Europe. It has been doing the rounds so to speak. Taking both 650b and 700c wheels, custom front rack it can handle everything I have thrown at it, even being slightly crushed by Virgin Atlantic. That bike keeps going and going, just the way they should do.


Where is your favourite place to ride?

Currently I have been enjoying the hills of Lancashire and Yorkshire. But most of the time I spend my time riding the back roads and fields off Essex and Suffolk. The mixture of gravel and farm tracks make for a lot of fun, especially now the weather has turned. If anyone is around this way and feels like a little exploring I can be easily persuaded to get out.



And finally, if you weren’t building bikes for a living what would you be doing?

I would probably be cycling around the world, photographing, meeting new people and seeking new horizons. I love the fact you can go almost anywhere on a bike. With some luggage and a full belly the world is our oyster.

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