1912 BSA Road Racer built from ‘A’ Pattern Fittings

 

 

1910 BSA FITTINGS A PATTERN

 

After many years of supplying top quality fittings worldwide so that local builders could make their own machines, BSA started making complete bicycles in 1910. The point of BSA ‘Fittings Machines’ was that they could be tailored to a customer’s individual needs and that the fittings were half the price of a ready-built machine. But such was the demand for the company’s top quality products that more than enough customers were content to buy a BSA bicycle at full price.

Compare the 1910 illustration of the BSA assembled from ‘A’ Pattern Road Racer Fittings, above, with BSA’s Road Racer below, sold as a complete machine. The only difference would appear to the the transfers (decals) and BSA’s style of box lining.

It’s impossible to date BSA bicycles from this era with accuracy; Fittings Machines are even more problematic, though this style of chainwheel was introduced in 1908. BSA frame numbers are not consecutive, and no records are held (apparently destroyed in German bombing during WW2). 1912 is my best estimate. If the example featured here was BSA’s own machine, fitted with an Eadie Coaster, it would be Road Racer ‘Model 5A.’

 

1912 BSA Road Racer 14

1912 BSA Road Racer

 

1912 BSA Road Racer built from ‘A’ Pattern Fittings

22″ Sloping Top-Tube Frame

Standover Height 32.5″ drops to 31″

26″ Wheels 

Nickel ‘F’ Pattern Handlebars

BSA Handlebar Grips & BSA Rubber Pedals

BSA Front Rim Brake with Short Pull-up Lever

Eadie Coaster Rear Brake

(Now sold)

 

 


1912 BSA Road Racer

 


1912 BSA Road Racer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1912 BSA Road Racer

 

 


1912 BSA Road Racer