late 40's British TT machine to try out.
Chater Lea drive train.
SA ASC 3 speed fixed ultra close ratio hub gear,
with alloy body and wing nuts, looks
good and goes well too.
Not quite like the 3 speed on your average Raleigh
Not quite the same as in your uncles old Zephyr.
But what I really liked about the Bates fitted with the ASC hub,
is that this is the first bike that actually made me laugh out loud
while I was rattling along as fast as could.
I love riding this bike, it's fast but it feels authentically old,
which is a much more difficult combination to bring off
than you might think.
Before the power of 3 fixed gears on a vintage
lightweight brought a huge smile to my face.
Even the broken chain after 25km didn't dampen my
enthusiasm for this wonderful time machine.
So the Bates Bar gets my vote as the
AC Ace of the bike world.
What bike is that car?