All weather Davidson
Davidson Bicycle made a customized, titanium, road bike for me three years ago. It is so perfect for me, that it’s hard for me to enjoy riding any other bike. However, I don’t like to ride it in the rain or on wet roads so Bill built me a similar rig that could support disc brakes and full fenders. Now I can ride in any weather.
Davidson in San Antonio
I’ve been riding the bike locally in San Antonio and in the Hill country. The fit is perfect and I can spend extended time on it without discomfort. The handling is superb and bike climbs beautifully. The S&S couplers are amazing as the bike feels like a regular bike. The finish and construction of the bike is top notch and no one is giving the customer a better value on an S&S coupled titanium frame than you guys. Won’t be needing another custom road bike now that I have this great travel bike from Davidson (well, maybe one more… a titanium Davidson set up for electronic shifting). Looking at riding it sometime in the city the frame was born in. I’ll hopefully be there within the next 12 months.
A riding bike for the next few years
“Dad, what makes this bike ride the way it does?” my daughter asked after riding my new Davidson bicycle fifteen miles on the Marine Drive Trail along the Columbia River. “It smooths out the rough patches on the road.”
I explained the reasons: titanium tubing, long wheelbase, 28 mm. tires, Brooks saddle, and light weight. She was surprised that she could feel the difference, and I was gratified that she did because I had spent a considerable sum of money to get it that way.
Both my reading and my experience on long rides had convinced me that comfort is one of the secrets to riding long days at a fast pace. Rough roads cause bikes to vibrate and this vibration diverts some of the cyclist’s forward motion into wasted up-and-down movement. It also forces the cyclist to absorb that wasted in energy in his or her body, thus leading to fatigue.
The conclusion is obvious. On comfortable bikes, cyclists go faster and last longer.
Davidson in France
The bike worked out great and we had a super time. Here she is being blessed by a saint at a chateau in the Vercors.
My Davidson Tandem: “A beautiful machine”
After a very tough group ride on Saturday, I finally had a chance to ride the tandem with Niki on Sunday morning.
After a few minutes to get accustomed to a different groupo, and a couple of mounts and dismounts to make sure we could safely maneuver the bike we were ready to go.
What can I say? Of course, the bike is pleasantly fast on the flats. What I hadn’t anticipated or remembered was how impervious it seemed we were to headwinds. I could feel the wind in my face and hear it in my ears, but we seemed to just punch through it. We’ve yet to do any climbing, but I’m sure we’ll be fine.
The ride qualities of this bike really amazed me. Of course I can detect some lateral flexing, as is to be expected with such a long structure, but it is less than I had anticipated and handling is very predictable. Maybe it’s the bigger tires than I am used to, maybe it’s the length of the wheelbase, maybe the steel construction, or maybe all three, but the ride is positively luxurious. It is like driving a limousine – in a GOOD way. That Brooks saddle feels like it was made for this bike. I can see racking up some serious miles on this machine.
Thanks again for building such a beautiful machine. We look like a million bucks and I can’t wait to develop our tandem skills. It will be a fun learning experience.