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leo healy

Look Ma, No Hands!
Hi Lads

This is the new acquisition ,very good condition ,original green paint under the black, early number ,just need to replace a few bits, front mud guard, saddle ,tyres,O and Repaint or Oil down ?.

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Mercian

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Hi @leo healy

You've probably seen this site, but just in case:


And a more general discussion from another site I haunt:


These bikes were not dated on the frame, but the rack, which seems to be missing from yours. They do turn up on Ebay UK though.

As to cleaning or painting, really that's up to you. Bikes used by the military are often abused also, so the paint quality at the moment is not impossible for a bike still in service.

Best Regards,

Adrian
 

jimbo53

I live for the CABE
Beautiful bike! I'm a preservationist rather than a restorer at heart, and in this condition, I would try to clean to reveal the original green paint and "oily rag" it. Please share your progress!
 

leo healy

Look Ma, No Hands!
Hi Lads


Thanks for your Input,
I have removed the black paint which was easy enough,only to reveal why it was on there ,to hide how much green paint was missing:expressionless: ,its back to steel and green paint for now,few pics so ya can see for yourself.
Im thinking of a complete respray, but i am going to leave it for now.

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armybikes

On Training Wheels
Great pics. I have the same bike, which I found in Ireland. The MkV stamp may indicate that yours is Irish as well. I am not sure if the British Military marked their bikes in this manner. The lighter green is also the typical of Irish military bikes from what I have seen on line. The BSA museum is the best reference on these, though there is an old Militaria magazine with great info on British WW2 roadster bicycles. --David
 

johan willaert

Finally riding a big boys bike
You're welcome....

The ABL marking on the frame just indicates Post WW2 Belgian Army use....
A lot of the European based MkV came out of Belgium in the early 1990s

Here's mine, from the same batch, restored, Ser# 136102

Also want to ad, the date on the luggage rack is the rack's date, not necessarily the bicycle maufacturing date...

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leo healy

Look Ma, No Hands!
Hi Lads

I hope everyone is keeping well, since i posted this i was unable to travel outside our county and 5km before that but managed to source a few bits over the phone ,"to be collected "as there is nothing like going to the source, out of the phone conversation it looks like i may have found another bsa not sure yet as to type,so that kind a sealed the fate of this mkv as for getting painted,
Now the paint color i have no idea as to the color just that i was given a nondescript pot a few years back to paint a bike i restored for a museum .

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