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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 01-29-09, 08:33 AM   #1
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Davidson and Strawberry bikes???

anyone know anything about either of these bikes from the pacific northwest?

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Old 01-29-09, 08:41 AM   #2
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I used to live 1 block from the Strawberry shop in Portland (Goose Hollow). Both makers put out great bikes frames. What do you want to know?
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Old 01-29-09, 09:59 AM   #3
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And I ride by the shop that makes Davidsons a couple of times a week. Is there anything in particular you're looking for?
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I see quite a few Davidson geared bikes on my long distance rides. Not sure on anything specific about a track or singlespeed frame of theirs, but the geared ones I've seen are very nice.
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Old 01-29-09, 01:07 PM   #5
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Both are fine brands with long standing reputations. If the frame fits, buy it!

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Old 01-29-09, 05:54 PM   #6
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My dad's old race bike was a Davidson, it's still his primary bike (from mid 80s I think). It's an awesome frame.
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anyone know anything about either of these bikes from the pacific northwest?

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Yes. I own one, and it's my LBS (lucky me - constant temptation).

www.davidsonbicycles.com.

I was in the store recently and saw a *spectacular* frame going to a customer who was building it up as a SS/FG -- beautiful lugs, beautiful paint, horizontal dropouts. Almost too pretty to ride, but they ride great.

Bill Davidson has been building bikes for a long time so if you're interested in the frames you can watch eBay; they tend to bring $400 to $800, frame only, for older ones.
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I have had my davidson track for about a year now. its amazing.

alot has changed on it, but you get the idea. only complaint is the paint job. it comes off if you look at it wrong.
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Very nice babychris! Is it lugged or welded?
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The bike shop you guys are referring to as "his" is Elliott Bay Bicycles, correct? If so, this shop is well worth a visit. They have an amazing collection of pristine vintage bikes. A lot of Jack Taylor's.
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The bike shop you guys are referring to as "his" is Elliott Bay Bicycles, correct? If so, this shop is well worth a visit. They have an amazing collection of pristine vintage bikes. A lot of Jack Taylor's.
Yes, Davidson Cycles is located at Elliott Bay Cycles, downtown Seattle near Pike Place Market.

http://www.elliottbaybicycles.com/

Typically you will go in and see a large collection of vintage bikes (most owned by the shop's co-owner, Bob Freeman); a fair number of vintage frames for sale; several custom Davidsons on their way to owners; and a nice selection of new bikes -- right now they are carrying Bianchi, Orbea, Civia, Reach folding bikes, Redline, and some Rivendell.

Davidsons are built in the back of the store. It's not hard to get a tour if you're serious...

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Everyone who works at the shop is super nice too. It's a nice place for bull****ting about old bikes. I'll occasionally drop in even if I don't need anything, and I'll often leave an hour or so later having actually bought something.
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tig welded with a lugged fork. great frame, but dumb dropouts, they're much like the surly ones.
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I have a lugged Davidson Signature Track frameset with beautiful rear drop outs, I've never seen these before.

Great frame and joy to ride. The best track frame I've ridden yet, very smooth and balanced. Highly recommended!

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Old 10-29-09, 12:50 PM   #15
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I lost an ebay auction for a complete track bike in my size by $5. It went for 305 or something. Saddest day ever.
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Old 10-29-09, 01:11 PM   #16
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I got my frame for a really good price. The frame sat in my house unbuilt for about a year but needed a townie, I now make up for it by trying to ride it everyday. I do feel guilty using it as a townie but I love riding it.

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nice ride.
what tubing?
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Old 10-29-09, 03:31 PM   #18
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nice ride.
what tubing?
Thanks, Have no idea what type of tubing. Bought the frame used and no tubing label is on the frame.

The frame is stiff and steers straight but at the same time it's doesn't rattle your bones, pretty cush. Weight is normal for a lugged track frame.

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im sure you can email/call davidson with the serial numbers and ask.
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