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Restoring a 1936 BSA Light Roadster 2

Old 01-06-20, 12:52 PM
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Restoring a 1936 BSA Light Roadster 2

This is the completion of the restoration of my 1936 BSA Light Roadster written about earlier.

You can see this at:- Restoring a 1936 BSA Light Roadster

The bike is completed and is regularly ridden. I completed all the tasks stated in my earlier post:-

Namely;-
1) Dismantle, clean and rebuild the 3 Speed Hub. To do this I have had to design a special tool to remove the hub end cap which is recessed inside the brake drum so no spanner purchase possible. This was done and the BSA 3 Speed stripped, cleaned and re-assembled.
2) Dismantle the wheels to clean up hubs and rims, refinish rims and build with new spokes.
3) Re-assemble all the brake linkages onto the frame.
4) Re-assemble the pedals with new ball bearings and re-fit pedals & Cranks to bike.

Finally the bike assembly was completed and all adjustments and fine tuning carried out.



Repainting all the small components after de-rusting.


Wheels rebuilt with Stainless Spokes after Rims Powder Coated.


Partially rebuilt as components refurbished



View of Rear Wheel with BSA 3 Speed & Hub Brake.


View of Front Wheel with BSA Hub Brake.


Another view of BSA front Hub Brake.


View of Bottom Bracket.


BSA chainwheel, original chrome finish survived well.


Completed Bike with original 1929 Lucas Challis Bell and Rear Carrier.
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Old 01-06-20, 12:59 PM
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Looks great! Well done. Enjoy!
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Riding in style- leisurely pace of the 1930's!
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A fine looking machine and very well done.
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Great job Peter! Sure looks like a fun ride.
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Great job.

Are you using the original pedals?

I just finished working on a 1939 Elswick. (I posted some pics in the English 3 speeds thread). I decided that the 80 year old rubber blocks on my pedals were beyond hope.
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Good job!
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Originally Posted by bluesteak View Post
Great job.

Are you using the original pedals?

I just finished working on a 1939 Elswick. (I posted some pics in the English 3 speeds thread). I decided that the 80 year old rubber blocks on my pedals were beyond hope.
Thanks for your interest. I am using the pedals on it when I got it, they look like they could be original pedals but may not be. I dismantled them, de-rusted them painted with 'Etch Primer' and Black Enamel and rebuilt with new bearings. The rubbers were a little worn but OK for re-use, see earlier post for details.

Your rubbers are really worn but replacements turn up on eBay from time to time so I would overhaul the pedals and look for replacement rubbers. Good luck!!!
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I think it's a good bet those pedals are original. The blocks might have been replaced at some point, but those end plates are what I see on Birmingham bikes up until the mid 50s or so. They changed to the flat diamond shaped end plates around the same time as Raleigh did.
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That is one great looking BSA ... It must be a blast to ride .
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Your project turned out really well.
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How about a few details of the build; wheel size, pics of the brakes, cockpit view, rear view,
Nice Build, I was hoping my Gazelle would end up looking similar to this but it got over built and way too heavy
Speaking of heavy, what does it weigh?

This is what a roadster should look like.
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How about a few details of the build; wheel size, pics of the brakes, cockpit view, rear view,
Nice Build, I was hoping my Gazelle would end up looking similar to this but it got over built and way too heavy
Speaking of heavy, what does it weigh?

This is what a roadster should look like.
The bike is very heavy, I have not weighed it but it could easily weigh circa 40lbs, this type of bike was built to last a long time and weight was not a consideration. having said that the weight is not noticeable when riding it, it is a very smooth ride but not fast. It is a great cruising bike.

The wheel size is 26" x 1-1/2". They were chromed originally, then painted black by a previous owner but I had the rims Powder Coated black to preserve them, fortunately with Hub Brakes the rims aren't subject to brake wear.

The brakes are drum brakes and there are photos above showing the exterior of the brake drums.

The previous owner had carried out some repairs to the fenders and these were very nicely done with riveted plates and I did not touch these other than to re paint the fenders, they add character.

Below are some photos showing more aspects of restoration which I hope answer your request.

To strip the BSA Hub I had to design and have made a special extractor tool to remove/unscrew the 3 speed end cap inside the brake drum. I completely stripped the hub so it could be cleaned and rebuilt with new bearings and re lubricated. No parts had to be replaced fortunately.


Front Brake before restoration.


Rear Brake before restoration.


Handlebars view.


Rear View, The White area on rear fender is a proprietary Celluloid material of wartime supply or earlier bolted on to the fender.


Close up of Celluloid accessory, you can just about read the proprietary name "The Leader" made by B and T (Components) Ltd.


Stripping Rear Hub to overhaul BSA 3 Speed, required a special Extractor Tool you can see on the ground.


Extractor Tool in position to undo the 3 Speed end cap.
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