Brooks Mk IV?

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ChadC

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 24, 2018
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Monterey, CA, USA
On a recently acquired bike....was Brooks a subcontractor for racks or the bike manufacturer?

Only pic I have at the moment, I will get a complete bike pic later.

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Mercian

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jul 1, 2016
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Hi,

Brooks (still) make bicycle accessories, most famously leather saddles, but also bags, pumps and racks.

The bike chain ring will help identify the bike. Also rod or caliper brakes will help identify the model.

Best Regards,

Adrian
 

Mercian

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jul 1, 2016
656
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France
Hi,

with the two stirrup brakes, it's a Mk V*.

I'm no expert, but I also think it's a BSA. Compare to the one here.

https://bsamuseum.wordpress.com/1942-bsa-military-mk-v-roadster/

This also shows you where to look for the frame number, below the saddle stem.

The racks are different, but yours is correct for the British Army. The one on the link may be Irish Army, or something else entirely.

Best Regards,

Adrian
 
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ChadC

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 24, 2018
175
46
Monterey, CA, USA
Appreciate the expert info as always Adrian!
 

MILCYCLIST

On Training Wheels
Feb 15, 2019
6
73
UK
Hi I may be able to help with identification. Could you give me some more information such as frame number and size? From photos it is not a MKV.
Regards Paul
 

ChadC

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 24, 2018
175
46
Monterey, CA, USA
Thanks for the reply.
I don't know what size it is....frame number is T70190.
 

MILCYCLIST

On Training Wheels
Feb 15, 2019
6
73
UK
The frame number is definitely a MKV sequence however what was making me doubt that it is a MKV* is that that I could not see from your photos the bottom bracket area to confirm that it has a double cottered bottom bracket? If it has then it will be a MKV* as confirmed by Johan.
 
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MILCYCLIST

On Training Wheels
Feb 15, 2019
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The frame number is definitely a MKV sequence however what was making me doubt that it is a MKV* is that that I could not see from your photos the bottom bracket area to confirm that it has a double cottered bottom bracket? If it has then it will be a MKV* as confirmed by Johan.
 

ChadC

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 24, 2018
175
46
Monterey, CA, USA
Thanks for the info guys. I'll get better pictures. Also found the ABL stamping opposite the frame number.
 

johan willaert

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 5, 2013
312
Bruges, Belgium
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ABL markings indicates it was used post WW2 by the Belgian Armed Forces... they were all sold off in the late 90s and just about every MkV* in Europe today came from that source
 

ChadC

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 24, 2018
175
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Monterey, CA, USA
Thanks Johan!

More pictures, I'm guessing this is what was in question....

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MILCYCLIST

On Training Wheels
Feb 15, 2019
6
73
UK
Excellent you have a nice MKV* Also does not appear to have much wear on the chainwheel. Thanks again for sharing.
Paul
 

ChadC

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 24, 2018
175
46
Monterey, CA, USA
Thanks Paul!
Were these date stamped anywhere, or maker?
 

Mercian

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jul 1, 2016
656
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France
Hi,

I understand that T in the serial number for these bikes indicates BSA, and also that there is no known BSA date list.

The problem with the dated carriers is that they can be swapped between bikes, but, if you feel there's a good chance it's original to the bike, then 1942 onwards.

Best Regards,

Adrian
 

ChadC

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 24, 2018
175
46
Monterey, CA, USA
If anyone has a lead on a replacement rear reflector, or know of someone who might, I'd greatly appreciate it.
 
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