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Bates BAR copper-plated
£ 600.00
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Description

Bates Cycles began life in Plaistow in 1926 and relocated to Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex in 1954. The B.A.R. (Best All Rounder) frame was their top-of-the-range model and featured the innovations for which they were so famed: the proprietary Cantiflex tubing (cigar shaped to offer increased stiffness in the main triangle of the frame) and Diadrant forks (their distinctive shape promising unmatched shock absorption and directness of steering). Lots more information on the brand at classiclightweights.co.uk. B.A.R. frames won countless races in the pre- and post-war periods, but were well suited to longer days out and handle well with luggage on board. This is one of the later Westcliff frames, built with Nervex Pro lugs. The finish is copper plated, but the copper finish is somewhat inconsistent. However, with the inevitable tarnishing of the copper over time, the effect now is a very nice patina that suggests the age but doesn't look tired

Frame specifications

Seat tube (ctc) : 58cm

Top tube (ctc) : 58cm

Tubeset : Reynolds 531

Place/country of origin : Westcliff-on-sea, UK

Year/era of production : Late 1950s

Bottom bracket threading : British

Steerer/headset threading : British

Seatpost size :

Rear dropout spacing : 114mm

Fork dropout spacing : 95mm

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