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Old 06-09-15, 08:12 AM
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Need Info ~1980's BCA bicycle

I bought this bicycle for $20.00 last week, only needed some adjustments and new break pads.

It's a BCA (Bicycle Coorporarion of America) bicycle. There's very little info on the company, i've only been able to find that they were in business for a short time during the 80s .

I want to learn as much as I can about this bicycle. Any info anyone here can provide would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-09-15, 09:59 AM
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From what I know BCA is one of those deals that do some assembly of Chinese bikes in America. I suppose we should be grateful for any American jobs, but compared to something like the Chicago Schwinn factory back in the old normal, it's pitiful.
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From what I know BCA is one of those deals that do some assembly of Chinese bikes in America. I suppose we should be grateful for any American jobs, but compared to something like the Chicago Schwinn factory back in the old normal, it's pitiful.
You are probably thinking of the new BCA that sells at Walmart and are made in the USA.

This bicycle is from old BCA that operated out of Allentown, PA in the 1980s.
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Unfortunately, many bikes and brands that targeted casual riders don't have as much information available as the bikes targeted toward the enthusiasts of the time.

You can probably not find out a lot more about your bike than you can by looking at the labels and components yourself. The bike looks in great shape, so I think it is worth more than what you paid.

You might be able to get a good idea of the manufacturing year if you can find date codes on any components... assuming that the components are original.

What does the sticker on the seat tube say? I am guessing it probably says something like hi-tensile steel, since the bike is not a high end one. How does it ride?
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Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post
Unfortunately, many bikes and brands that targeted casual riders don't have as much information available as the bikes targeted toward the enthusiasts of the time.

You can probably not find out a lot more about your bike than you can by looking at the labels and components yourself. The bike looks in great shape, so I think it is worth more than what you paid.

You might be able to get a good idea of the manufacturing year if you can find date codes on any components... assuming that the components are original.

What does the sticker on the seat tube say? I am guessing it probably says something like hi-tensile steel, since the bike is not a high end one. How does it ride?
The sticker only says "Built with pride in the USA" and below is the sticker with the serial number and the shop that sold the bicycke to the first owner.

As for how it rides I'm not sure how to answer, this is the first bicycle I've had in years, I'm not very experienced.

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