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    Senior Member mikemowbz's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by eschlwc View Post
    seven davidsons, @mikemowbz? please share links or pics.

    thanks, everyone. the trick is taking pics at sunset.
    Whoops. I realize looking back at my - now edited - post that I might have given that impression inadvertently!

    Actually, what I meant to convey is that my stable of older bikes (from various Canadian, UK, and Japanese builders) centres around the mid-80s! Not one a Davidson, unfortunately.

    A couple of my favourites are built date to 1984-5 (my Mercian Pro, for example); my feeling is that many craftsmen and larger manufacturers hit a sweet spot around this time, producing wonderfully clean, elegant road frames.

    Which probably makes my last comment a little clearer (I literally picked up my first US-made bike from the PO 15 mins ago!)

    Really, really dig your Davidson!

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    ^ thanks.

    you know, '84 was about the last year that higher end bikes were assembled with non-aero levers, so this year is kind of my cutoff year too.

    (... not to mention that paint schemes started losing their classic simplicity as well.)

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    Davidson (1978) 001.jpg

    ...this one is a 1978 signature model. About the same size as yours.



    Bkue Davidson 1.jpg

    ...Much later in production, but I don't know the model name or the year.

    I don't know if the head tubes are longer as such, but it is true that when you
    design a frame with more aggressive angles, very often the head tube gets longer
    to make everything come together in the end.
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    No wonder everybody hates you.

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    Well, that came out perfectly! Glad I could contribute

    However, it is lacking one tiny detail:



    On a vintage setup, a Campy stainless coil housing for the RD cable is a must. And, yes, I have a spare one for you; now you and I just have to meet up somewhere on the Interurban so's I can deliver it to you. Oh, yeah - and you have to be riding this bike

    I'm looking forward to seeing this one in the metal soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
    On a vintage setup, a Campy stainless coil housing for the RD cable is a must. And, yes, I have a spare one for you; now you and I just have to meet up somewhere on the Interurban so's I can deliver it to you. Oh, yeah - and you have to be riding this bike
    to this, a million times this.

    It's simply the right thing to do.

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    3a, i like your '78.

    jeff, can i have the derailler too? ha!

    (one went for $137 on ebay a few days ago.)

    nice pic, btw.

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    Beautiful! Perfect for a ride on a sunny day

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    HOLY Shirtsleeves, Eschlwc. That is one beautiful bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by northbend View Post
    ... ride on a sunny day
    now there's an idea. we should've done that instead.

    and thanks, rootboy (the boy wonder) and everyone.

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    DD,
    I think Bill already has the best shift cable housing on his Davidson. That yellow housing is the perfect complement with the decals, and that little bit of it at the back end looks perfect.

    OTOH, the stainless coil housing looks good in that picture, but we should see the total bike to get the full effect. And you do always build great looking bikes, but so does Bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dfrost View Post
    DD,
    I think Bill already has the best shift cable housing on his Davidson. That yellow housing is the perfect complement with the decals, and that little bit of it at the back end looks perfect.

    OTOH, the stainless coil housing looks good in that picture, but we should see the total bike to get the full effect. And you do always build great looking bikes, but so does Bill.
    I have to admit, the yellow highlights (cables) across the board do work nicely! For myself, I've always equated the stainless coil housing with a mechanical look, and it just screams out to me

    Bill, if you want it, it's yours. If not, no harm nor foul. We've still gotta line up a ride in any case, and getting a look-see at this beauty is all the excuse I need!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eschlwc View Post
    3a, i like your '78.

    jeff, can i have the derailler too? ha!

    (one went for $137 on ebay a few days ago.)

    nice pic, btw.
    So sorry, but I'm fresh out of spare Super Record derailleurs

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    @Dfrost, thanks for the compliment.

    Quote Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
    I'm fresh out of spare Super Record derailleurs.
    because you keep drilling holes in them?

    [and i'm down for a ride ... prolly next week.?.]

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