Gentleman's Evans bicycle, 1928Evans the bicycle : William Wagstaff and his trusty companion Evans were inseparable for 76 years. They went courting together, rode to work through the Blitz and took memorable touring holidays in Cornwall and the Isle of Man.
On 14 May 1929, the 20-year-old apprentice telephone engineer from Clapham walked into FW Evans’ cycle works in Kennington Road. He exchanged his £13 life savings for a shiny black racer. Wagstaff was to ride that bike for more than 80,000km (50,000 miles). Even after moving to Croydon, he still cycled 38km (24 miles) each day to his work in Bermondsey.
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