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10.9.16

MoCo Epic 2016 Mountain Bike Event

We are very pleased that Evo Cycle Works has helped to sponsor the MoCo Epic for the last four years!  With more than 800 riders this year and 75 trail miles to be shredded through 11 different single track parks, this was an exceptional event! The MoCo Epic base camp was located just outside of Schaeffer Farms, Germantown, Maryland, and the event has become a mid-Atlantic destination for mountain bikers of all skill and ability levels. It features a variety of rides including kids rides, exhibition rides, and the infamous 40 and 75 mile endurance runs.

Evo is pleased to present four off-road models for 2016, all carbon manifestations of our love for trail riding. Test rides available! This is your chance to ride some of the best single track in the region. We'll see you at the Epic in 2017! 


Terran Carbon 29er

Jersey Joe Super Fat


Cress CX

HooDoo 29+



9.24.16

Evo Cycle Works - First National Advertisement 

Evo Cycle Works has seen its busiest year yet in 2016, and so we are expanding to a national stage with advertisements in Bicycle Times and Dirt Rag magazines. The Dirt Rag advertisement is a banner in the magazine's emailed newsletter featuring Evo custom built mountain bikes while the Bicycle Times ad highlights our vintage restoration work and expands our restoration services as a mail-order service available with free return shipping to anyone in the continental U.S. We are pleased to expand our reach to a national audience. 



9.24.16

Not a Bike Shop

This is not really news, but many of our clients are surprised to discover that Evo Cycle Works is not a bike shop. My partner Martine and I work from our home in the Aspen Hill section of Rockville, Maryland. While we may hold the occasional open house to welcome new friends and neighbors, there is little else we have in common with a bike shop. We do not have a storefront, we don't sell accessories, and most importantly, we are not dealers of any particular brand of bicycle. This means that we will never try to sell you a particular make or model. So what do we sell then? "Custom bicycle services" is a good way to summarize what we offer.

While we support our local bike shops as best we can, we offer what they do not: a range of custom services including custom-built bicycles, vintage restorations, performance upgrades and vintage tune-ups, and latest in the line-up, our new Value Line of late model reconditioned bicycles.




10.1.16

Evo Custom Restorations

The restoration last year of a 1950 Raleigh Lady Sports Tourist caught the attention of a community newspaper and its many readers. The Gazette reporter interviewed the bicycle's original owner, Patricia Thomas, 85, of Bloomsburg, PA and her daughter and the bike's current owner Jodie Morris. Check out the story behind the story, and the role Evo Cycle Works played in the restoration project, on the new Restoration News page. 

We'd like to thank all of our restoration clients who have entrusted their beloved bikes to our care. See the latest news on the new Restoration News page. 


"Restoration of Old Bike Unlocks Memories"

In its 63 years, Patricia Thomas' bicycle has seen a lot of use and misuse. When they recently saw it in a state of rust and disrepair, Thomas' daughters disagreed on its future: love it or leave it. Jodie Morris of Gaithersburg won. She put the bike in her car, brought it to Maryland from Pennsylvania and started looking for someone to restore the bike that she considered had too much history to be lost.

Thomas, who is 85 and lives in Bloomsburg, Pa., bought the Raleigh bike in England in 1951 during a trip to Europe as part of a student diplomatic exchange program, according to Morris. In a phone interview, Thomas said she and others in the student group — she had just graduated from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa. — decided to buy bikes to ride around London and into the countryside.

But mostly she said she remembers riding from train station to train station, especially in Paris, where it was easier to get around using the Metro. "I bought it in London and paid 19 pounds for it. I think that was about $95," Thomas said. "It was considered the Cadillac of bicycles." Thomas said she brought it home after her three-month program, which included trips to France, Switzerland and Italy.

"I was reluctant to part with the bicycle because I spent so much money shipping it around that I was attached to it," she said. Back home in Pennsylvania, Thomas said, she rode the bike
around town and, as her children grew, they rode it, too.

"Eventually we had our own bikes, but it was always a backup," Morris wrote in an email. "Over the years the bike deteriorated a bit and my mother took it to a bike shop for repairs in 1976. It got
new tires and some sprucing up and she rode it in a bicentennial parade that year. She said she remembers shouting "The British are coming!' as she pedaled along."

The bike then remained unhappily ignored for years, Morris wrote, and soon it was in such a state that Morris' sister decided to junk it. "I couldn't bear the thought of discarding it," she wrote.
An Internet search led her to Vic Caldarola at Evo Cycle Works in Rockville...

The Gazette © 2015 




10.1.16

Evo Supports Potomac Pedalers Touring Club

Evo Cycle Works is proud to offer membership benefits to one of the largest Washington DC area cycling groups, the Potomac Pedalers Touring Club. With well over 3000 member cyclists, Potomac Pedalers offers dozens of area rides each week throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Recently the club elected to add a Meetup group as an additional arm of membership, and a dedicated group of ride leaders fills the calender each month with interesting and challenging rides for riders of all levels and abilities. 

Club members receive a 10% discount on custom bicycles and restorations and our special 30/30 tune-up: a 30 minute tune-up for $30 bucks (parts extra). Why bike alone? Join Potomac Pedalers today.

 


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Martine and Vic at the 2016 MoCo Epic

For MORE info:

www.more-mtb.org/moco-epic/

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Bicycle Times

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Workshop & Exhibition

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1950 Raleigh head badge

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Club Discounts!

Join Potomac Pedalers:

www.potomacpedalers.org/

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