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AGE / VALUE:   identification help, age and model posted by: Tim Griffin on 1/26/2010 at 10:04:10 AM
Hello, I have what appears to be a BSA roadster, my closest guess in age in from the early 30's judging by the equipment. It has a Bayliss Wiley single speed coaster brake and no provisions for a front brake can be found. On the hub reads the numbers 36-14. Some of the original equipment is missing. I'm besotted with this old bike, it rides perfectly. Front forks are a slim cast iron like material. Where are the markings on the old BSA's that would determine the age?
Thank you in advance,
Tim Griffin


          RE:AGE / VALUE:   identification help, age and modelposted by sam on 1/26/2010 at 2:00:51 PM
The 36/14 I think refer to 36 spokes at 14 gauge.
Your bike does look old.And I think the bolt tru the fork that is holding the fender brace is also where the brake would go---sam

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   identification help, age and modelposted by Steve on 1/27/2010 at 5:49:19 AM
Most likely " rod brakes, ", Do a search

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   identification help, age and modelposted by Matthew on 1/28/2010 at 12:03:38 PM
Hi Tim,

Hard to date this bike. The front fork is quite an old design and certainly much older than the head badge whihc is quite modern, as are the pedals. The headbadge is post war by quite a margin. Those forks ? Much older.

Matthew - 'tis myst'ry all.

          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   identification help, age and modelposted by Warren on 1/29/2010 at 12:45:51 PM
Is it possible that this is an original headbadge and BSA issued the same design later on in their history? That badge looks old and worn from way over here.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   identification help, age and modelposted by Keith Body on 1/29/2010 at 3:05:24 PM
Hi Sam, If you look under the bottom bracket, and see "BSA" in raised letters you have a cast bracket shell, which is probably pre WW2. If you have a pressed shell and lug set, then post 1938ish. Look under the joint where the down tube goes into the bracket shell. With pressed lugs the tube was retained in place during brazing by banging a large dent in the lug. I saw them doing this in the factory.
Obviously not a UK model, we need 2 independent brakes and used 32/40. Was this possibly export locally assembled during a shortage of parts? I have never seen a cast iron fork, (apart from cheap small children's bikes and very old stuff) and certainly would not trust it with a front brake.
It would be interesting to see how the fork column (steerer) is fixed to the fork.

          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   identification help, age and modelposted by Tim on 1/29/2010 at 7:03:00 PM
That front fork looks too big for 26" wheels, it looks a lot like a 70's Schwinn varsity fork for 27" wheels. Tim

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   identification help, age and modelposted by mark h on 1/31/2010 at 5:01:49 PM
my friend has a 30s beezer and his bike has true 28 inchers and a different fork than yours?sure would be fun to look at your bike.his headbadge is not like that one on your bike.hhmm

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