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1948 BSA Track Bike?

Old 03-02-16, 02:44 PM
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1948 BSA Track Bike?

This track bike was donated to our all-volunteer charity. For the past four years we have given over 2500 (yes, 2500) refurbished bikes each year to the needy in the Rochester, NY area. I just posted a newer track bike on this forum, now, here's the uglier one. We sell items like this to help to pay our expenses, so I'd like opinions about the value of this track bike. It was identified to us as a 1948 BSA.

Pretty rough condition.
BSA skip tooth crank.
Can't identify most of the components because of corrosion. Looks like the seatpost is too small for the seat tube.

I'm hoping for any information on identity and value. Thanks


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My (non expert) guess is that is not a track bike. I'm thinking it is a BSA roadster frame with a track stem, handle bars and maybe pedals. It also looks like maybe every other tooth was filed off the chain ring to make it "skip tooth".

If it is a BSA frame (not a different frame with a BSA chain ring) I'm guessing it is pre 1957 at least. That is the year Raleigh brought BSA and moved production to Nottingham. The lugs in the photos do not look like Raleigh lugs.

EDIT: OK looking at the photos again I think I was wrong. The bike does not have braze ons for rod brakes nor holes for caliper brakes. And the chain does look like 1" x 3/16", even though it is not a block chain, still common on track bikes in 1948.

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