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 Post subject: Re: BSA Tour de France
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:36 am 
Dirt Disciple

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allenh wrote:

I doubt I'll get very far with mine until next year now and although this isn't mine its a picture of one the same colour and spec as mine. Its the right size for me and cost me £25 at a boot fair earlier in the year so was one of those I just can't leave it there purchases


Good result, nice colour too.

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I will strip mine down and give it a proper clean over the winter but ultimately the paint is too tired and chipped to save so it will get a respray and re sticker next year.

I've already unlaced the original wheels as the rims were not great and it currently has a set of period Weinmann alloys with small flange hubs to keep the bike in one bit. The original large flange hubs will get cleaned and polished over the winter and laced into some new alloy rims and the pedals, seat post and bars will ultimately get replaced with alloy ones. The rest will stay original but with a good clean and polish.


I wish I had kept mine, I was a bit to hasty there. never mind. Post some pics when it's done.


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 Post subject: Re: BSA Tour de France
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:34 pm 
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Carlp wrote:
Look what I've just found on the Bay of E

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BSA-Javelin- ... :rk:1:pf:0

Not far from me, but it's the smaller frame size so not an option.


It see,s to be an unbreakable rule of old bike buying that any Javelin will be tiny, just as any Raleigh Record Sprint will be massive..


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 Post subject: Re: Re:
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:53 pm 
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Carlp wrote:

Nice and shiny. What did you do with it?


It went back on Ebay when it was finished and I'd run it in - I think when I bought it I was the only bidder, and I thought it would probably end up in the tip if I didn't bid. Here it is as it was when I went to pick it up from the field in Lincolnshire where it was quietly living out its retirement:

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 Post subject: Re: BSA Tour de France
PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:41 am 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:56 pm
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Goldie wrote:
Carlp wrote:
Look what I've just found on the Bay of E

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BSA-Javelin- ... :rk:1:pf:0

Not far from me, but it's the smaller frame size so not an option.


It see,s to be an unbreakable rule of old bike buying that any Javelin will be tiny, just as any Raleigh Record Sprint will be massive..


Sod’s law that


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 Post subject: Re: Re:
PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:41 am 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:56 pm
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Goldie wrote:
Carlp wrote:

Nice and shiny. What did you do with it?


It went back on Ebay when it was finished and I'd run it in - I think when I bought it I was the only bidder, and I thought it would probably end up in the tip if I didn't bid. Here it is as it was when I went to pick it up from the field in Lincolnshire where it was quietly living out its retirement:

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Another one saved from the tip.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:49 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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I have finally finished the blog on this BSA tdF bike of you're interested.

https://bsatourdefrance.wordpress.com/2 ... de-france/


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 Post subject: Re: BSA Tour de France
PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:02 am 
Gold Trader / MacRetro rider
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Location: held captive by baby haggis in a cave in Scotland
That's a great saved from the brink restoration you've done there for sure. A really nice genuine rider.
I do have a soft spot for BSA and your catalogue scan has just identified one that has been hanging in my loft for a very long time. It's the purple Sirocco I think but will have a much closer look over the weekend. Mine was given to me by a neighbour who has moved on but he got it with a job lot of stuff from a car boot sale and gave it to me as he said it wasn't worth anything to him and knew I would like it. I have often thought of cleaning it right up as it is in a very sorry rusted state but it is way too big for me so just keeps going to the back of the line.
Anyway great job on the restoration, also the fine blog, a really nice read and wishing you many happy miles.

Jamie


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 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:01 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Thanks Jamie, if you do get your BSA out of the loft post some photos please.


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