Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Thu Dec 08, 2016 3:20 pm

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 16 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2
Author Message
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:52 am 
Section Moderator & South West AEC
Section Moderator & South West AEC
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jun 25, 2007 3:33 pm
Posts: 8164
Location: new forest
haven't got a clue!! :lol:

although the 531 sticker says something about cantiflex tubing so maybe they're designed to flex in a certain way


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 11:57 am 
rider | rBoTM Winner
rider | rBoTM Winner
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:42 pm
Posts: 5132
Location: Wakefield, Yorkshire
jango wrote:
Very nice 8)

interesting fork design, what's the thinking behind that?


So it could be recognised as a Bates in photographs in the cycling magazines of the time. NO ADVERTISING or immediate banishment by the sport's governing bodies! That's why names were small and written in script etc. so they couldn't be read in photos. However, odd frame designs couldn't be legislated against (eg Hetchins Curly Stays, Paris Galibier, Baines 'Garden Gate' etc. Even the Raleigh 'Dimpled' fork crown probably).

The bike's a beauty but several 'non period' fittings as you say.

The name is 'Chater-Lea' by the way, see here -

http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Britis ... er_Lea.htm

and here -

http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/chaterlea.html

Also plenty of info on Bates on both sites.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:31 pm 
Section Moderator & South West AEC
Section Moderator & South West AEC
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jun 25, 2007 3:33 pm
Posts: 8164
Location: new forest
did wonder about the fork, thanks for clearing that up! i knew someone would know!! :D did they give a techincal reason aswel though so that people would buy it? did they claim better performance from it?

i knew i'd spelt chater-lea wrong, i just took a guess!! :lol:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 1:37 pm 
rider | rBoTM Winner
rider | rBoTM Winner
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:42 pm
Posts: 5132
Location: Wakefield, Yorkshire
jonnyboy666 wrote:
did wonder about the fork, thanks for clearing that up! i knew someone would know!! :D did they give a techincal reason aswel though so that people would buy it? did they claim better performance from it?

i knew i'd spelt chater-lea wrong, i just took a guess!! :lol:


They called the forks 'Diadrant' - which means b*gg*r-all! Supposed to be more shock deadening than standard raked forks. Pretty radical at the time but nothings new. Look at the forks on modern Pinarello's etc. Very similar shape.

I could have bought a similar era Bates road bike recently - but desisted manfully!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:37 pm 
Devout Dirtbag
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:29 pm
Posts: 148
Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Lovely bike, apart from the forks, the main triangle tubing was a special spec, the diameter increases in the middle, which should make it resist torsion better.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 11:21 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Mon Mar 02, 2009 1:33 pm
Posts: 281
That bike is fookin lovely - I can hear it crying for gears though!


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 16 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Maca and 20 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group