Evans Cycles

History of Evans Cycles

Evans Cycles has been around awhile, getting on for 100 years in fact. Their first shop was named after the founder, F.W. Evans Cycles and was on Kennington Road, London. Mr Evans sold bicycles from that site for thirty years, selling quality bikes from several bike manufacturers and also building his own frames and bikes.

In 1925 F.W. Evans Cycles was presented with a silver plaque by the Cyclists Touring Club – the CTC – for ‘The greatest improvement in cycle design, construction or equipment during the year 1925’. The award was given for design and low cost production of a rear wheel dropout.

Evans Cycles was bought by Joseph Smith in the 1950s. During the 1970s Joseph Smith handed the business on to his son Gary Smith, who in turn developed the shop into a specialist cycle retailer. After more than 50 years of trading at Kennington Road the site came up for development so the shop was relocated to Waterloo, where the shop still trades today. During the 1990s as Gary Smith worked with Mike Rice, the then Croydon store franchise owner, to bring the other franchised stores under the control of F.W. Evans Cycles (UK) Ltd. During this time, the Evans Cycles Mail Order catalogue was launched, enabling Evans Cycles to supply a wider range of products to a much wider audience. This form of retail still exists today as does the Evans Cycles website.

Evans Cycles Bike Range

There are a number of different style bikes that Evans Cycles stocks.

  • Cross Country Mountain Bikes
  • Full Suspension Mountain Bikes
  • Jump Bikes
  • Touring Road Bikes
  • Leisure Road Bikes
  • Triathlon Bikes
  • Road Racing Bikes
  • Commuter Bikes
  • Folding Bikes
  • Hybrid Bikes
  • BMX Bikes

Like many cyclists, I've been riding bikes since I was very young and despite now being less-young, I love it just as much. I've done my time on touring bikes, have cycled throughout the UK, including Lands End to John O' Groats (yes, uphill!) and now have fun on a mountain bike in the hills, do regular charity bike rides and organised bike events on my road bike.