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Bates Tandem

Discussion in 'Tandem and Other Bikes' started by cycletechuk, 22 Oct 2016.

  1. cycletechuk

    cycletechuk Active Member

    I bought this tandem for it's beauty, great design and engineering, that would be hard to match today!
    Also, of course they went for strength and durability in those days. It's a touring model complete with front & rear panniers, where travel is my other love so inspired me even more to buy it.
    Far as I can tell, the tandem only had one owner that passed it on to his niece, who definitely was a true cyclist, new great engineering and how to do his own maintaining .
    (21 February 2014 I have now sold this Tandem which was hard to let go off, but the frame was 2 inches too small for me) I am now looking for a replacement Bates bicycle or tandem .....................

    Bates tandem British steel double diamond frame and odd shaped 'diadrant' forks (Pre war) 1939
    Vintage water bottles
    Only 75 tube sets made by Reynolds (531 tubing)
    Model Grangewood Tandem
    Unique 'Cantiflex' frame tubing and odd-shaped 'Diadrant' front forks & Chrome plated headtube.

    Diadrant' forks

    Cantilever brakes and complete with head badge

    Throughout the 1930’s they were one of the hallmarks of a quality lightweight.
    The Resilion Cantilever was introduced in 1929


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  2. Sharky

    Sharky Veteran

    They made good bikes. Might be a bit small to see, but I was riding a Bates in my avatar picture in 1967.
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  4. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    On 3 Wheels
    Why did you sell it, a longer seat post would have been easy to fit ?
  5. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    @cycletechuk thats a museum piece for sure and what a treasure a true piece of craftmanship