1914 BSA ‘Model 4D’ Lady’s Roadster
In 2008 I was at a cycle jumble and noticed a saddle with a label saying ’1910 BSA.’ Chatting to the seller I discovered he had the whole bicycle minus its saddle and a few other parts. So I immediately bought it, without seeing it. Plus, of course, its saddle.
I was delighted when I went to collect it the following week and saw it for the first time. Though it looks to me more like a 1914 model than 1910.
It certainly does not deserve to be broken for spares. Though that is the sad state of affairs these days – lady’s bicycles are rarely worth as much whole as when their components are sold separately.
It has now been restored mechanically, with the original paintwork intact. It didn’t have its saddle post, so I fitted a later straight tube to reduce the saddle height. When I have time, I’ll also install a gear trigger and set up the gears.
1914 BSA CATALOGUE
The following ad illustrates the similar 1914 Ladies BSA
And, to compare, its Gents counterpart