Evans Interceptor 100 - Year?

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  1. #1 Posted Aug 18, 2017

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    OK, new to the vintage bike scene. Looking for some guidance. After a recent trip to Ocracoke Island, NC I got the itch to find some vintage beach cruiser style bikes. Four days after I return from my trip I came across this Evans Interceptor 100 nearby for only $10! I gave it to my wife as an early birthday present. She was actually more excited about it then I expected. So now I am trying to determine what year it is. Any help would be appreciated. From what I am reading on the forums there is not a lot of info out there on the Evans bikes. Next dilemma, do I clean it up and put on some new tires and let her ride it as is (best I can tell it seems pretty much original) or do I restore it? Chrome on handle bars is peeling badly and some light rust coming through the paint. I love the paint scheme and do not feel confident that I could ever get it back to that without extensive cost from a pro.

    Thanks in advance for any info anyone can provide!

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  2. #2 Posted Aug 18, 2017

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    I think that is a beautiful bike, especially for $10. The blue and white have a very calm, relaxed look. I would NOT repaint that bike. That paint will clean up really good, but not perfect. It would still look very nice though. The handlebars are common to any 1950s-1970s women's cruiser, and if I had any laying around, I'd let you have 'em for the cost of shipping and handling. Women's handlebars are more squared-off and narrow than men's hanlebars, which are wider and more spread out.

    I would take that bike completely apart and clean everything. Rebuild the hubs, re-pack all the bearings, true the wheels, and clean the chrome. I bet if you use some degreaser and a rag, the chrome sprocket, crank, and hubs will look perfect.
     
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    Thanks for the quick reply, partsguy! I really just want to clean it up and keep it original. Do you have any recommendations on how to clean up the paint with damaging it? I agree about the chrome, I can tell that will clean up nicely with degreaser (expect for the handlebars). I'm assuming I could find a replacement set of handle bars relatively easily. I plan on recovering the seat but my wife is already talking about something more comfortable but I would rather stick with the original look. Maybe something exists more modern and comfortable in the aftermarket world that keeps the original feel? As I mentioned I just started my journey into this so I have a lot to learn! Thanks again!
     
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    There's a whole section on here about restoration tips. On the Forums, look past "Main" and "Classifieds" to the "Etc." heading. Your wife's bike ought to clean up nice!
     
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    Thanks Oilit! Will check it out. And promise to post my after photos as well! Now I'm trying to determine if I should go white wall tires or not since rims are white...hmmm!