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Bates BAR - 1950

Owned by: Bob Damper

Bates BAR Damper 1

HISTORY: frame bought from Doug Pinkerton on eBay, August 2007. Other parts bought from various jumbles, eBay, personal contacts in V-CC etc.


Frame Bates BAR frame no. U2U 14483, dates the frame as September 1950 (checked with Martin Coopland), seat tube 23½", top tube 23", wheelbase 41½"; frame renovation in Oxford Blue and Silver by Vaz Finishes, lugs outlined in white
Wheels Conloy rims 26x1¼" 0n Racelite 32H front hub, Sturmey Archer ASC 40H rear hub.
Chainset Stronglight cranks, Aluvac 46T chainring, Bayliss-Wiley bottom-bracket
Pedals Philips Philite, unknown (but very interesting) toe clips, Boeris straps. Does anyone know what these toe clips are (see picture)?
Gears Sturmey Archer ASC 3-speed fixed hub, January 1950
Brakes GB Coureur Hidiminium
Stem/Bars Cinelli badged/chrome stem with GB Ventoux handlebars
Headset Stronglight
Saddle Brooks B17F on Titan alloy seat pin. (Special thanks to Neil Foddering for the gift of the seat pin.) Acccording to Hilary Stone, the B17F was introduced in late 1952 so it's almost period-correct!
Extra details Chossy saddlebag, Brooks bag support. Bluemels Airweight mudguards. Special Features: Constrictor front fork lamp bracket, F H Grubb fork mounting bracket for Lucas cyclometer

PROJECTS: I need to re-route the Sturmey controls along the down tube and seat stay so that I can fit the very nice 19" Ad-Hoc white pump I acquired from Dave Marsh to the pegs under the top tube. I want to replace the 60s/70s Ventoux handlebars with something closer to period-correct.


Bates BAR Damper 2
Bates Diadrant fork with Bates mudguard bolts and   F H Grubb cyclometer mounting
Bates BAR Damper 3
Philite pedals with unidentified toeclips which Bob would like to identify