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Old 06-06-19, 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by BigChief
Found this Normandy invasion photo on the internet. The bike in the foreground looks British, but I don't know. Never seen one quite like it.

It's a BSA Parabike, as detailed in the first of the links posted by Vintage_Cyclist above:
https://www.popularmechanics.com/mil...ding-bicycles/

There's an early twin seat tube example on the OldBike.eu website:
https://oldbike.eu/1942-ww2-bsa-airb...in-tube-model/

And here's the later much more common type with the single seat tube:
British BSA folding "Parabike"

I'd never heard of a Parabike until Pashley built a replica a few years ago - I came across it in the 'Lovely Bicycle!' blog - Harris Cyclery stocked it, probably still do, the only trouble being it doesn't fold as per the original, but it's still available. I saw one parked outside my local supermarket, the only Pashley I've ever seen 'in person' (as the writer of the aforementioned blog might put it!).
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https://www.pashley.co.uk/bikes/bicycles/parabike.php

There were American equivalents - Columbia/Westfield 'Compax' and I think Huffman - but others on here might know more about these than me. I believe they continued to be produced post-war as folders.
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Old 06-07-19, 06:33 AM
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Originally Posted by woodrupjoe
Thatís better.
Iím no historian, but isnít that a classic 70ís import 10-speed sheís riding?
It definitely is 650b, though
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