My Patagonian route would take me from Chaiten in Central Chile to Punta Arenas on the Strait of Magellan. On paper this did not appear to be that arduous a venture, but my estimate proved to be lacking when the asphalt stopped and the ripio took over. Having become accustomed to average speeds in Europe in excess of 20kph, having to accept 12kph on a regular basis started to eat away at the morale. But hey, that’s all part of the adventure.
I would never profess to be well informed on the varying characteristics of different bicycle frame materials, but I understand steel to be the most forgiving over long distances. In this respect the Reynolds 853 lived up to its reputation. Enduring several hours of washboard was as painless as could be expected, much to the envy of other cyclists I met on the way.
During my journey the frame would never fail to attract comments of admiration from fellow cyclists. From a distance it was clear the frame oozed quality, and they were even more impressed after an up-close inspection. Attention to detail is all important in a bespoke article and this frame has all that and more.
After a baptism of fire on the un-surfaced roads of South America I feel that this frame will be with me for many more years to come. In a time when technology blinds people to what is really important in a bike I feel Dave has remained true to an ideal that remains vitally important; it’s the simple things done well that count. A frame of substance and soul will always set you apart as a traveller instead of a tourist.