With the impending demise of Bicycle Classics, Martin at Classic Bikes in the UK, as I understand it, plans to export them direct to the US. Martin is a wonderful guy and if anything buying a Bates might be easier now that the middleman (i.e Bicycle Classics) is eliminated.
Those interested in a Bates might be interested in this factoid. Of all the new frames and bikes at Bicycle Classics that need to be liquidated, the only ones that I'm committed to keeping for myself are at least one and possible two Bates frames.
Thanks again to everyone during this new time of transition - and I hope to see everyone at the Cirque this year! Mike Kone - Boulder Colorado - home of the giant and hopefully shrinking parts pile.