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1949 Bates B.A.R. Best All Rounder.

This Bates (of London) was built up to do distance riding hence the slightly more modern components. It's covered some serious miles since. It's definitely not one for the purists, but I just love the old thing.

Frame:
1949 Bates BAR, Reynolds 531, Hand built using the famous 'Cantiflex' tubing.

Fork/Headset:
Hand built Reynolds 531 'Diadrant' fork and Tange

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
SR/Shimano

Handlebars/Stem:
Cinelli/Cinelli

Saddle/Seatpost:
Butchered Brooks

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Mavic MA 40 laced to 50's Resilion hub. Conti

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Mavic MA 40 laced to very rare 50's T F Blumfield Hub. Conti

Added by Bates78. Last updated almost 10 years ago.

4 Comments

Bates78

Bates78 says:

Thanks, Guys. I'm glad there's like minded people out there. I figure, if it means the bike staying on the road, being used, then surely using different components that are not all together 'period correct' has got to be better than going to scrap! I love the old gal, I've just dressed her up in some nice jewelery!

Posted almost 10 years ago

JaKrazyM8

JaKrazyM8 says:

Time machine, recycling, old and new, way out of the ordinary! Lots of appeal. Shows very nice.

Posted almost 10 years ago

sloman

sloman says:

update,maintenance-it's all good if it keep it rolling.nice job,enjoy

Posted almost 10 years ago

Fazz7

Fazz7 says:

love bates bar frame!

Posted almost 10 years ago