Stumbled across this site while trying to research a nice find...lots of cool stuff going on here, I'm definately going to come back to ogle all these nice bikes and maybe learn something.
I'm 35 years old and am mostly into vintage BMX (which is the bicycle site is usually frequent). I ran across this classy little BSA in a garbage pile and took it home and cleaned it up. I was figuring I'd sell it for a few bucks on eBay, but I fell in love with it. It looks really mint and it functions every bit as good as they day it was made, I imagine.
Just out of curiousity, I wonder what ya'll can tell me about this specimen. I'm really wondering when it was produced, specifically. Any information would be appreciated.
The frame has the #2797595 stamped on the toptube gusset near the seatclamp. The chrome on the wheels is in terrific condition. The hoops have *STURMEY ARCHER ENGLAND EA23026x1 3/8*, and the rear 3speed hub is SA as well, with "AA -1 5" stamped under the logo. The only things that are not original are the rear innertube and the bar-clamping nut/bolt in the stem. The stem has an impression on it that looks like a guy with a clover for a hand and a shield in front of him, the shield has an "R" and an "I" overlapping on the front of it.
Any questions you have about it I'll answer as best as I can.
The most coincidental thing is, that I found a BSA just like this about six months ago. It's headtube badge had been removed and the whole thing had been spraybombed black...it was really beat and I had no idea what it even was, but it had plenty of salvageable parts, so I'm lucky I've been too lazy to chunk it. I picked it up mainly for a nice bolt-on cablestop I was going to use on a BMX bike. It is only slightly different than this one that I've noticed (I haven't really studied the differences, though). The frame is the same, but has chrome-plated chaingaurd mounts, different routing for the 3speed cable, and so on.
I'll supply you with some pic-hosting links so you can see full-size. The image will fit to screen, but if you save and re-open image you can see at optimum resolution. Anyway, here are some pics of it:
Thanks for your help,