AGE / VALUE:Help Identifing an Old Roadster - BSA? posted by: Chris Holmes on 6/7/2006 at 8:33:52 AM
Hi, I posted a couple of days ago about what I then thought was a BSA roadster - now i'm not sure. It may never be possible to ident this bike, and maybe it's not that important, but I thought i'd try and mine the knowledge here :=))

The BB looks like it has BSA 7502 cast into it - ie the letters are raised rather than punched in. Is this a frame/serial number or just a model number of BSA BB?

If the former, can anyone date the machine from this?

The chainring is BSA, the 3 Speed hub is BSA I haven't cleaned it up sufficiently to see if there is a date code on it, but I think these may be a SA thing rather than BSA??

I will have a lok tonight if there is a frame no near the seat post.

Thanks for listening.

FOR SALE:1972 Raleigh Parts posted by: Shannon Reynolds on 6/6/2006 at 8:42:03 PM
I have a 1972 woman's LTD - SC that I have parted out. It is a lugged frame and has a beautiful Herron headbadge. The headbadge is marked The Raleigh Nottingham England. The parts I have available are a Herron sprocket with complete three-piece crankset, cones, bearings, ect, pedals, original chain, handlebars, SC coaster brake hub and wheel with original tire.

If interested in any or all of these parts please contact me.


ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Tyre Sizes for BSA 3 Speed posted by: Chris Holmes on 6/5/2006 at 9:42:51 AM
Hi All,
I have just got hold of an old Roller Lever braked BSA (Frame number BSA 7502) which I am trying to fit tyres onto. one of them was marked as 26 x 1 3/8, but a 26 x 1 3/8 which I got from halfords is very tight (read I had to use tyre leavers & punctured the inner tube :=((

I have managed to pull the damaged section of tube out to try and repair it and then somehow feed it back in without taking the type off again (anyone had success with this technique??).

Failing that, does any one know of a more suitable size of tyre? I read on Sheldon Browns site that some 26 x 1/38 are a different bead size, assuming the ones I have a are the small ones and the extra 7mm would make a difference, does anyone know if these are available in the uk anywhere??

Thanks for listening!

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Tyre Sizes for BSA 3 Speed posted by Warren on 6/6/2006 at 1:21:09 AM
Look for an EA3 designation. That is a proper 590 mm, 26 x 1 3/8. If there's any other marking, let us know.

I have a pair Dunlop Imperial tyres that are marked 26 x 1 3/8 - EA1!!!

Maybe you have the oddball matching is near impossible to reef a EA3 tire on an EA1 rim.

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Tyre Sizes for BSA 3 Speed posted by Chris Holmes on 6/6/2006 at 7:29:51 AM
Well, I suspect these (The tyres) are EA3s (590mm) I did manage to get them on in the end but it was a real strggle the last 8 inches or so and the middle overhanging the rim by about 1/2".

Good feeling to get the wheels refitted :=))

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Tyre Sizes for BSA 3 Speed posted by David on 6/8/2006 at 11:47:26 AM
It has sometimes seemed to me that there's a fair amount of variation in the actual size of tires with the same nominal size. It doesn't take very much diff to make one tire really tough to mount when the old one fit very easily.

MISC:Moulton question posted by: brent on 6/4/2006 at 2:51:53 PM
Hopefully this is the right area for this. I finally found myself a Moulton. I had known it was in the area for a few years and they finally sold it to me. It's a Huffy-imported 1965 4 spd. Was Huffy the only US distributor or did Moulton have anyone else bring them in? Also, I keep hearing about Mk. 1,2,3 models. How do I find out which I have. The Moultoneers page didn't really tell me anything. Thanks,

   RE:MISC:���Moulton question posted by Warren on 6/4/2006 at 5:13:58 PM
Pre 1967 is a Mark 1...go here

   RE:MISC:Moulton question posted by Ed on 6/4/2006 at 7:49:25 PM
What size tires does it use? Is this the type of frame that unbolts for travel?

   RE:MISC: Moulton question posted by brent on 6/4/2006 at 10:20:44 PM
It has the 16 inch steel wheels, I'd assume Dunlops. It does NOT breakdown. I think it will fit in my car easy enough. I've been working on a twenty to be a travel bike, but it turned out to be a nightmare trying to find a fork/headset. I think I'm going to set it up with vintage aluminum upgrades to lighten it up a bit. Camy NR cranks, seatpost, and levers. Grand Compe bars/stem. I'm hoping to make it into my main road bike.

   RE:MISC: Moulton question posted by Mark "Proud owner of a ~65 Series 2 Deluxe" Stonich on 6/4/2006 at 10:46:31 PM
The three models major models were Series 1, Series 2 and Mk III. Series 1s had a very slender, curved swingarm which was prone to failure. In mid '65 a stronger, straight swingarm was introduced. Early Series 2s, like my '65, had the slender forks that looked like they were made from seat stays and the rear spar for the rack was integral to the frame.

In '67 Raleigh bought the rights to build Moulton Bicycles and in '70 they introduced the Mk III with a proper triangulated swingarm much like the later Space Frame "Alex Moulton" bikes. Production of the Mk III continued till '74. The MkIIIs main disadvantage was that Raleigh reduced the wheelbase from 44" to 41.5". They are not considered "Real" Moultons by some, and are often hot rodded instead of restored. My wife's has V-brakes, alloy rims and an alloy shelled hub.

There were many variations of the Series 1s and 2s including Standard, Deluxe, Stowaway, Speed, Safari and Minis

Huffy built about 5000 from kits, some Stowaways, from 1963 to 1967. And they inported a few Safaris. The later Huffy assembled models were called MkIII but were not the same as the Raleigh built MkIIIs of the '70s.

   RE:RE:MISC: Moulton question posted by Warren on 6/5/2006 at 1:57:00 AM
I have a 65 Mark 1 and I've had the recommended gusset added to beef up the rear swingarm. Good for a rider. I've also added alloy rims, crank and bars.

   RE:RE:RE:MISC: swingarm gussett question posted by brent on 6/5/2006 at 2:42:20 AM
I'd like to get it done since it's going to be a rider. By any chance do you remember who did it? I saw someone sold them on exchange but I thought it was in the UK.

   RE:MISC: Moulton question posted by Mark Stonich on 6/5/2006 at 4:02:37 AM
Your steel rims are capable of holding high pressure tires just fine. However if you want to save weight, or stop in the rain, Brompton sells 28h alloy 349 rims to match your hubs. The Brompton tire is nearly as fast as a Comet or Scorcher and MUCH tougher. I got my rims and tires from They stock the tires but the rims were a special order.

If you want higher gears without tiny cogs or giant chainrings, I may be about to start selling a kit to convert FW 4 speeds into S5 5 speeds. This will unleash the unused 5th gear, giving a 150% overdrive instead of 126%.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC: swingarm gussett question posted by WArren on 6/6/2006 at 1:26:17 AM
The gussett is a fairly easy mod for a qualified frame repair person. Get a good shop to do it for you. I don't have the specifications but I think I can find out for you. I gather you're saying that there are kits for this. The aren't likely necessary but maybe it's clean and neat. Try the Moultoneers?

   RE:RE:MISC: Moulton question posted by Ed on 6/8/2006 at 1:09:55 AM
I just fixed my Raleigh Twenty headset by cutting about 12mm off the head tube and threaded the stearer tube down to work with a normal Raleigh headset. No more plastic bushing. Ed

AGE / VALUE:Need Make,Year & Value posted by: Dave Bannister on 6/3/2006 at 2:01:20 AM
I'd like info on this bike. The serial # is H24719 found on bottom of peddel assembly.It has 26 " tires front & back. Is in good all original condition including the childs seat.