Keith Davis/Pegasus appreciation society

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Keith Davis/Pegasus appreciation society

Postby utedeej » Mon May 18, 2015 9:50 pm

Thought I'd see if anyone else has a Pegasus built by Keith Davis down here in Canberra. Keith built most of his Pegasus frames in the 80s I believe. I've got a friend who is very keen on them - I think that he has 5 or 6 at the last count.

The tubing is not stickered, but I understand he was a bit of a Reynolds specialist so with a frame weight of 1812 grams and forks of 631 grams (total 2443 grams) I think that it could be Reynolds 753. 57cm c-c top tube and seat tube. I am running a full Dura Ace 8 speed groupset, with Velocity Rims and 25mm Continental Gatorskins.

I also think that my frame was built for Robert McLachlan, who was an Australian time trial Olympian a the Barcelona Olympics. I actually grew up next door to him and his family, so I'm sending him some pics of the bike tomorrow to see if he remembers. Have a look at the M cut out in the bottom bracket.

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Postby Torana68 » Tue May 19, 2015 3:37 pm

I have two of his track frames.....
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Postby utedeej » Tue May 19, 2015 4:14 pm

Torana68 wrote:I have two of his track frames.....

Nice. The quality of build is great on this, so assume that the track frame would be also.... and a picture is worth a thousand words :)

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Postby morini » Tue May 19, 2015 5:09 pm

When are you going to find me one? :wink:

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Postby utedeej » Tue May 19, 2015 5:53 pm

morini wrote:When are you going to find me one? :wink:

52 c-c seat and top tubes isn't it :)

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Re: Keith Davis/Pegasus appreciation society

Postby GaryF » Tue May 19, 2015 6:59 pm

Very nice Pegasus. It would be great if it did belong to your old neighbour and I hope it turns out to be 753. Well kitted out with Dura Ace making it a lovely 'time capsule'.

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Postby utedeej » Wed May 20, 2015 12:44 pm

Did a little bit of research on Trove and worked out the following.
Keith Davis seems to have opened his own business around 1980, working from Kambah, O’Connor and Braddon at different times over the years. He was an accredited Reynolds Master Frame Builder, allowing him to braze frames with 753. Getting this accreditation involved brazing a frame and fork and then sending it to England for analysis of the work done.

There’s an extract of an article from the Canberra Times on Keith below.
Now your bike can be really tailor-made, by Arthur Jones
Canberra Times, Wednesday 5 May 1982.
How would you like a tailor-made bike? Really tailor-made, that is, with the "tailor" taking your inside leg measurement, height, arm length etc., just as a specialised outfitter does when he measures you for a new suit..... Up till now, it has not been possible to be measured for a bike in Canberra; the best you could hope for was a choice of frame sizes, and, if you went to the right shop, a selection of saddles, handlebars and gears to choose from..... I am happy to tell you that you can now order a complete made-to measure bike (or just the frame), and, when you take delivery, you will know that it is tailor-made to fit you like a glove.

Keith Davis, a member of the Canberra Old Boys Club, has just started building frames, and the ones that I have seen are first-class — at least the equal of any shop-bought frames. What happens is that you first of all decide what you want the bike for — racing, touring or commuting — and then you go along and have a chat with Keith about the design. If you have a short back and long legs, he may want to measure you (unless you have the information ready), and at the same time you can tell him what frame angles you would like or any other personal preferences. Then you go away and leave Keith in peace for a few days, while he gets out his drawing board and plans the frame to see if it is possible to meet all your demands. So, if it is found that your ideas are OK, Keith starts assembling the tubes in a special jig. He then has the long job of filing the ends of the tubes to ensure a snug fit. If you can visualise two tubes meeting together, you can probably see that the one that butts on to the other (the "leg" of the 'T\ as it were) has to be filed into a cut-away round shape in order to fit closely around the other tube. This is not strictly necessary, of course, and it is quite possible that in cheaper bikes, the two tubes are just stuck into lugs and brazed up to make a not very strong joint.

Keith files away until all the tubes in the frame are a perfect fit, and then they are brazed together — or, quite often, joined by silver solder, which is just as strong but which needs less heat, thereby minimising any possible damage to the metal. Then it is back to work with the file again, this time to smooth out the joints and prepare the frame for enamelling. By the way, Keith even bends his own forks, so any preferences you may have for rake or trail can also be met. He uses only the best materials — Reynolds tubing — either Standard or Superlight, with Prugnat lugs. The tubing comes in four varieties — plain or double butted (in which the tubes are thicker at the ends where the greatest stress comes), and used either for every tube in the frame or merely for the three main tubes.

And how do you know you are getting what you pay for? By looking at the frame, which will have a Reynolds sticker specifying just what is in it. And Reynolds are choosy about who they issue their stickers to — and rightly so, as they are very jealous of their reputation. Twenty-two out of the last twenty-three winners of the Tour de France have used Reynolds tubing, and that speaks for itself. And if that were not enough, Reynolds themselves invented the double butted tube some years ago…..
The brand name is 'Pegasus', and there is a splendid flying horse motif on the head stem, with the name also engraved on the tops of the fork crowns. The finish is impeccable, the price a pleasant surprise around $300 to S350 for the hand-made frame, and the number to phone

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Postby freshpatents » Wed May 20, 2015 9:51 pm

I'm a fan of Keith's bikes. Just finishing building a 653 frame now. I used to race with Keith in ACT Vets club.
If you need more details of any of the bikes he built you can always give him a call, numbers in the phone book... :D

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Postby GaryF » Thu May 21, 2015 12:35 pm

Thanks for the information on Keith. He must be a passionate and skilled framebuilder. I remember a photo in an Aussie magazine of Neil Stevens riding a Keith Davis bike on a stationary trainer and thinking "What a well built Bike". Neil's bike has always remained in my memory 'bank' as it just looked to be quality and strength as it had well crafted gusseted lugs. I'm pretty sure the bike in the photo had a Reynolds 753 decal on it.

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Re: Keith Davis/Pegasus appreciation society

Postby Lawnmoaman » Thu May 28, 2015 2:07 pm

Hello folks,
I have recently purchased a Keith Davis frame, which I am in the process of building up with Campagnolo Centaur & Chorus.
After collecting a few Italian and Dutch bikes I'm pleased to have a local bike to play with.
The frame is in good condition, but devoid of any decals aside from "Crafted by...DAVIS, Pegasus of Canberra ".
I am hoping to get or have made some decals to return the bike to its former glory :-)Also, perhaps we should have a group ride sometime.

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Re: Keith Davis/Pegasus appreciation society

Postby utedeej » Thu May 28, 2015 4:31 pm

Lawnmoaman wrote:Hello folks,
I have recently purchased a Keith Davis frame, which I am in the process of building up with Campagnolo Centaur & Chorus.
After collecting a few Italian and Dutch bikes I'm pleased to have a local bike to play with.
The frame is in good condition, but devoid of any decals aside from "Crafted by...DAVIS, Pegasus of Canberra ".
I am hoping to get or have made some decals to return the bike to its former glory :-)Also, perhaps we should have a group ride sometime.


Welcome to the forum. Your Pegasus sounds nice, people on here always love a photo or 3 :)

Don't know about any decals though sorry.

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Re: Keith Davis/Pegasus appreciation society

Postby Lawnmoaman » Thu May 28, 2015 6:29 pm

Thanks.
I reckon that I'll try and get some good photos of some existing decals and see if I can get them copied.

Now...photo....after a bit of a clean up.
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Re: Keith Davis/Pegasus appreciation society

Postby utedeej » Thu May 28, 2015 6:42 pm

Happy to have photos of mine taken. Cyclomondo can remake, but I don't know how much it would cost.

Seems to have cleaned up well, but I think 640 x 480 pixel size for your photo would work best to view - not too big or too small.

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Re: Keith Davis/Pegasus appreciation society

Postby seddo » Thu May 28, 2015 6:49 pm

That frame looks familiar ,I bought it with a mixture of c-record era chorus and Athena -should be nice built up.
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Postby Lawnmoaman » Thu May 28, 2015 7:22 pm

seddo wrote:That frame looks familiar ,I bought it with a mixture of c-record era chorus and Athena -should be nice built up.

Yes, it should look familiar :)
It has cleaned up nicely and in a few weeks will be on the road.
I'll post bigger better photos when I work out how.... :roll:

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Re: Keith Davis/Pegasus appreciation society

Postby brycebubble » Sat May 30, 2015 9:43 am

I have a Davis hanging in my garage 95% built. it's a Davis not a Pegasus so a later bike. I bought it from a Brisbane member on here a few years back, but haven't quite finished building it yet. I'll post pictures to here when it's done.

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Re: Keith Davis/Pegasus appreciation society

Postby frailer5 » Sun May 31, 2015 10:52 pm

Got this one a few years back, in from a market gardening couple just out from Bundy. They kindly shipped it, even though listed as pickup only.
I 'upgraded' the rear running gear to SunTour, for which I have a weakness.
Although I've had a riding hiatus of late, it's regularly used for work and play. Love it. Back on it next week? I hope so....

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Postby singlespeedscott » Mon Jun 01, 2015 7:04 am

Nice to see an old bike in good working order and used regularly.
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Re: Keith Davis/Pegasus appreciation society

Postby frailer5 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:06 am

If anyone wants to 'zoom in', clicking on any photo will take you into smugmug Gallery, where they're bigger. Need to have an OK display, though.
I wasn't aware he was still around, (nice, coming from someone my age, although I have no idea about his age).
Yeah... a phone call's a nice idea. As is a 'Pegasus ride' sometime.
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Re: Keith Davis/Pegasus appreciation society

Postby Lawnmoaman » Sat Jun 06, 2015 5:14 pm

Spoke to Keith today. What a nice bloke :)
He was at first not so interested in seeing the frame....there is a Reynolds 501 decal on the frame, these were the cheapest that he made. But when he saw the Cinelli microfusion bottom bracket he wanted a closer look.
Turns out that there is no way that he would have used that bb on a frame of Reynolds 501. The same goes for the investment cast Reynolds fork crown, and the fancy lugs. Too much money and too much work to put into a 501 frame.
So, the upshot is that we don't know exactly which tubing this frame is made from, but it is "at least Reynolds 531....you got a bargain there...", and definitely made by Keith. :)
I also now have a full set of original decals, so the bike restoration is looking good.
The cheap frame, that I bought to build up as a commuting hack, has made a sharp turn into being treated with a bit more respect and hopefully returned to its former glory.
Happy days!

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Re: Keith Davis/Pegasus appreciation society

Postby utedeej » Sat Jun 06, 2015 5:36 pm

Great news about the decals and frame

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Postby Tom Oliver » Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:35 pm

I have a pegasus in 531 with full suntour superbe pro built mid 80s when I lived in Canberra.
Living in New York suburbs now and bike commute 3 days a week about 60k roundtrip. Bike has always worked perfectly, and New York bike shop guys always comment on the high quality framework.

Back in 80s I worked with a guy named McIntire who coaxed me out for daily morning club rides around Canberra. I remember Neil Stephens showed up a couple of times when he was in town. I think some of the young guys on those rides were involved with AIS. I think but not sure that Robbie McLachlan might have been a regular on those rides.

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Postby utedeej » Sun Jun 28, 2015 7:05 am

Welcome to the forum. Sounds like a nice bike and that's a pretty sizable commute. Rob would have been in Canberra during late 80s, so you are probably right.

Would love to see a photo of your bike up on here.

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Re: Keith Davis/Pegasus appreciation society

Postby frailer5 » Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:04 pm

Yep, some pics would be good, Tom. Worth a thousand words, 'n all. :)
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Re: Keith Davis/Pegasus appreciation society

Postby CAAK » Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:15 pm

I have a Pegasus frame in Reynolds 531, verified by Keith.

Full restoration to come....

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