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Old 11-26-08, 01:09 PM   #1
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Funky Baines Whirlwind Flying Gate Frame

I am getting more and more interested in old english frames. Check out the design of this one from around 1948.

http://cgi.ebay.com/BAINES-WHIRLWIND...1%7C240%3A1318

I would be interested in hearing what folks know or think of this one...
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Old 11-26-08, 02:22 PM   #2
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Elliot bay Bicycles in Seattle has a Jarvis Flying Gate.....Really neat! I love the odd frame design. I think the Jarvis is a copy of the Baines design and a very good one at that. I'd love to have one just to have it.....
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thats pretty wild, I don't know if I like the aesthetics of it, but It'd be cool just to have as a bit of history
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build it up with new SR 11 speed. Maybe some Boras. Shock some road nazis.
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somebody recently posted a link to a site of a company in the UK that still makes bikes in that style. With the age of the guy building the frames, he might have been around in '48
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I think the reasoning behind this style of frame is to shorten the chainstay and wheelbase. In the 70's the curved seat tube frames were popular for a while. And the reason again was to shorten the chainstays. Makes for a stiffer rear triangle, and quicker handling but also a harsher ride. On the flying gate design I would think there must be a a lot of stress at the top tube where the vertical "seat tube" attaches, and a lot of road shock transfered at that point as well. The handling is probably super fast as the wheelbases are around 38 in. or less.
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Old 11-27-08, 08:56 AM   #7
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I have a 1937 Baines with a mixture of old and newer parts. It took a while to get it together and during that time I was extremely curious about how the bike would ride. When the day finally came I was pleasantly surprized almost shocked at how nice it is. It is really beautiful to ride - quick yes but also extremely stable. Really amazing, one of my best!

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Beautiful bike! What kind of wheels do you have? Hubs? Rims?
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gawd. a new bike to covet. crap.


I think I need one of these. Beautiful bike, Pog.
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