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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.....
Originally Posted by CardiacKid
We don't cotton to people who cut things off their bikes in these here parts.
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.
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!