BSA Racing Bicycle with Wood Rims, I could use your educated help, please.

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  1. #1 Posted Dec 6, 2014

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    I am not very knowledgeable about bicycles, but I am trying to learn. I recently "picked" a very nice and unique bicycle that I think is something special. I would greatly appreciate any information the members may be able to provide me with. The bicycle is a very lightweight BSA Racing bicycle with wooden rims. It has BSA on the racing pedals and the sprocket. It has a number tag attached and a seat that says "Sylvia" France, I do not think this was original to the bike. The bike is a men's bike, yellow in color with red pin striping. It is in outstanding condition. Any ideas of age and value? I appreciate any input you may give.
     

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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    1920-30's . Block chain , Major Taylor stem. Doesn't look like the original fork.
    Lots of BSA was used pre WW2
    BSA was like campagnolo today; a manufacturer of parts found on many racing
    bikes in the day. Definitely a board track racer. I'd est as shown 1200-1500 + depending
    if you have provenance
     
  3. #3 Posted Dec 6, 2014

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Thank you for that
     
  4. #4 Posted Dec 6, 2014

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    Really nice old track bike.
     
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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Thanks...I am in Virginia too.
     
  6. #6 Posted Dec 6, 2014

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    Nice early racer. Thats NOT block chain, just regular skiptooth. Do your research, on here and everywhere,and you will eventually find out builder. Great find! Walter in NJ
     
  7. #7 Posted Dec 6, 2014

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    1" Pitch BLOCK chain as used on at least a dozen + of my WW2
    track Paramount's ...
    BTW Every Block chain is SKIPTOOTH
    Do your research .........
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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    nice bike, whats the story on finding it. is it for sale
     
  10. #10 Posted Dec 7, 2014

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    1 inch pitch

    IT IS 1 INCH PITCH BLOCK CHAIN , IT IS NOT 1 INCH PITCH ROLLER CHAIN . SKIPTOOTH IS A MADE UP WORD USED IN THE BICYCLE WORLD , NEVER IN ANY VINTAGE ADVERTISING HAVE i EVER SEEN THE WORD SKIPTOOTH ,
     
  12. #12 Posted Dec 7, 2014

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    I own an antique store, but bicycles is not where most of my knowledge lies. I was picking a gentlemans home who has one of the nicest collections of classic cars, motorcycles and toys you will ever see. While there I stumbled on this wonderful bicycle. It is for sales as soon as I determine a fair market value . I will appreciate all the feedback I can receive. I will also post it here first for users of this site to have first opportunity to purchase. Thanks for the input.
     
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    I am aware that racers favored block chains for their racing bikes believing it was stronger than roller chain. I was not aware that block chain was stock on pre war paramounts as the above post seems to say. Is it true that pre war paramounts were deliverd with block chain?
     
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    I think it is the original fork. A lot of bicycles of that vintage had a nickel plated fork.
     
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    The history behind this bike would add to the value, I think. So if the seller knows anything about it worth getting that info too.
     
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    This is not a BSA bicycle either. They listed it as one but, it's not.

    The reason that bike has BSA on the head tube is, many bike manufacturers back in
    the day would use BSA components and would apply the sticker on the head tube
    to show it has BSA parts. Joseph Kopsky did it this way too.

    And I don't think the yellow bike spoken on this thread is a BSA. The dropouts seem
    very wrong to me. As do the forks and everything else about the bike. I'm about
    100% positive this is not a BSA. I believe Hilary Stone has a write up about BSA
    and you will see there a little more info about the BSA bike.
     
  17. #17 Posted Dec 8, 2014

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    Ummm you would know best Corrbettclassics - BSA was used by Jobbers all over the world.....

    Here is a picture of a 1927 BSA

    Im090625LM-BSA-1927.jpg
     
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    I appreciate everyone's input on this bike. As expected, there are a wide range of opinions as to the make of this bicycle. Some believe it is an original BSA bike, due to the nickel plated fork, pedals and sprocket. I also saw these same handle bars on an original BSA while searching. That's a large part of the bike. The original yellow paint with hand painted striping, the wooden rims and racing badge all make this a very cool and unique bicycle. By the way, it is extremely light as well. I am working on getting it to an expert who can lay hands on it. I will leave this bicycle intact and unchanged.
     
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    Great pic of a '27 BSA - you can see the lugs, seat cluster etc ……

    I'm still pretty sure the yellow bike is not a BSA bike though.

    Here's an example of "Kopsky" using the BSA decal on the head tube on his bikes.

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