Para Bike? - does anyone know what the origin could be?

#1
WW2 probably, anyone know if it is US, UK or other?
 

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#3
Aye, its British old chap.

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#4
Thanks, apparently BSA is stamped into the chain ring, what does that stand for?
 

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BSA? Wasn't that British Small Arms? Would make a kind of crazy sense for a wartime company to diversify.

Of course any self respecting paratrooper should have just got p*ssed and stolen one from the ghastly hun!

Edited to add Birmingham Small Arms it seems to be!! i stand corrected!

"In 1880, the market for guns had declined and the company started to make bicycles and tricycles, still using the 'Piled Arms' device that was to become known throughout the world. The tradition of quality, needed for gun making, gained BSA a good reputation as the bicycle boom gathered momentum, particularly after the introduction of pneumatic tyres. "
 
#8
Oddly enough when I was a nipper I did have a BSA 177 air rifle which is why I thought it was "British" rather than Birmingham (My older brother told me it was).

What did we do before google eh?

My all time favorite bit of childhood kit was the "Johhny 7" a toy machine gun, with a grenade launcher so lethal even the Taliban wouldn't risk using it!!
 

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#9
My dad taught me about them, his being a brummie, once visited the factory many years ago as a nipper.

Johnny 7 was before my time (dammit) though I did have a No.4 Relica made by a neigbour with a working bolt and fake round in chamber made from a steel pipe and a well carved peice of wood. Envy of the all the boys on the compound was I.
 
#10
Thanks chaps, jolly good effort.
 
#11
if we'd been issued with the Johhny 7 instead of the SA80 then we would have struck fear into the hearts of our enemies! I'm getting all nostalgic now!! (Sniffle!)
 

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#12
Oh No. Now on Ebay it will be "Genuine SAS Para Commando Green Beret Bicycles". I've a Rally Chopper i can paint green to put on ebay.

On a more serious note good work. I believe the continentals had whole regiments of Bicycles. The Swiss had them up to 2001. I don't believe we went in for that sort of nonsense except in the Colonies. Bit girly if you ask me.
 
#15
Hi All,

I've got two of them, so know a little.

British BSA (model 40?) I think
The BSA Model 40 refers to the saddle type used. There is no name for them, just 'folding bicycle'. Although developed for paratroops, and with WWII airborne manuals available showing them being worn (I kid you not) for jumping, or packed for dropping, there are no known instances of this actually happening. Pictures from D Day show a landing craft full of them, and an unimpressed RM commando dragging one ashore. Some are also known to have been used by the Guards.

One of mine came from the UK, the other from India, where a friend found 20 or so about 5 years ago.

Link to an unrestored one here:

http://oldbike.wordpress.com/1939-1945-bsa-airborne-r59257/

They also produced a non folding childs version, post war.

Best Regards,

b_flat
 
#16
The Japanese put bikes to good use, giving us a good spanking in the process (Before we stole mater's riding crop and returned the favour).
Not entirely one-sided;

A company of the 2/30th Battalion, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Galleghan, mounted an ambush which cut down hundreds of Japanese soldiers riding bicycles through a cutting and over a bridge on the Sungei Gemencheh.

Malaya - the best part of 800 killed, I gather.
 
#17
The Para bike? Wasn't that 'The Horse' and 'Bridget the Midget'?
 
#18
Hi All,

I've got two of them, so know a little.



The BSA Model 40 refers to the saddle type used. There is no name for them, just 'folding bicycle'. Although developed for paratroops, and with WWII airborne manuals available showing them being worn (I kid you not) for jumping, or packed for dropping, there are no known instances of this actually happening. Pictures from D Day show a landing craft full of them, and an unimpressed RM commando dragging one ashore. Some are also known to have been used by the Guards.

One of mine came from the UK, the other from India, where a friend found 20 or so about 5 years ago.

Link to an unrestored one here:

http://oldbike.wordpress.com/1939-1945-bsa-airborne-r59257/

They also produced a non folding childs version, post war.

Best Regards,

b_flat
Ahhh thankyou, I vaguely remembered seeing Model 40 somewhere and assumed it was the bike. Never ocured to me that it would be the seat!
 

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