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Old 08-26-17, 08:12 PM
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BSA paratrooper bike help

I scored this BSA paratrooper folding bike today at a local yard sale. I didn't dig into locating the serial number yet, but what I wanted to know is information about linking the s/n to a year manufactured. Do BSA serial #s coincide to a year manufactured? Thanks.
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Old 08-26-17, 08:39 PM
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Cool find! Those go for stupid money on eBay. Military collectors like them. I don't know if they're any good as bicycles.

As for serial numbers, I have never seen nor heard of any resource on BSA serial numbers. Old bicycle serial numbers can be utterly mystifying. They evidently served a purpose, but whatever it was, it was not for the benefit of future bike collectors.
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Old 08-26-17, 08:51 PM
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It looks like you got some of the important pieces with it. Are you going commando or full Monty with the build?
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I am going to sell it. I'm a BMX guy. Although I appreciate the rarity of this bike, it is not in my restoring wheelhouse.

I am pretty good at spotting interesting bikes and I bought this because I have never seen one with a taper pin holding the bars in place.
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Old 08-26-17, 09:18 PM
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I figured as much,rhm. I briefly looked at a couple of vintage BSA sites and the frame seems to be from the 1942-45 era. It would be great if I can pin it down to an exact year eventually.
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Just make up a number (i vote 1942).

If you're selling, don't do anything to the bike; the hardcore collectors want an unmolested "barn find" and will instinctively distrust anything you do beyond wiping off the cobwebs (and I'm sure there will be those who will distrust even that).
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Old 08-27-17, 11:15 AM
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I can't imagine jumping that thing... Door bundles... sure...


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Good evening,

If you are selling it, I'm interested.
How much do you want for it ?

Many thanks

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Very cool I saw one at Tankfest in Everett Wa. it was in the back of a jeep all folded up.
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Michel4997, Yes, I will be selling it, however, I am currently researching it to see what i actually have.
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Nice! This model was called the Airborne. A WW2 bike. What a great find. Love the twin tube frame.
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Very cool.
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In around 1982, the bike shop where I was working had one of those. I don't remember if it was there for repair or resale. I think it was a Swiss army bike. It appeared to weigh about 70 pounds.
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Don't forget the Trussardi folding bike that came out in 1983, based on the BSA folding frame. It weights about 40 pounds on a good day.

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What I have weighs 19 pounds minus the rims, tires, and seat.
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