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1985 BSA City (Raleigh Twenty?)

Old 04-20-11, 05:18 AM
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1985 BSA City (Raleigh Twenty?)

I started another thread on 'Shopper' bikes but here's the BSA City that I just bought off UK Ebay. It's in a really filthy and quite damaged state.... the ebay photo was poor and the seller has it described as "Good condition with a little rust":

The SA hub dates from 1985 (seems a little new for the bike...) and the front forks seem to be a swap from another bike. They are chrome but have been painted over with some poor quality silver paint that is peeling off!

It's a bit of a frankenbike, with Raleigh parts (rims), parts labelled "West Germany" and all sorted of other things.... I was shocked when I collected it as I'd paid via paypal on winning the auction, but since stripping it down and starting on a clean up it seems to be quite a fun little project.
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Not too shabby, it looks like it will clean up nicely. The Shoppers don't get as much respect as the earlier Twenties, but I've ridden a few similar Eastern European folders and found them to be solid and fun bikes. Especially if you like to do wheelies
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That frame is not the standard Twenty fare. Any idea where the frame was made?

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Well it's a non-folding model, which you don't tend to see as many of. If the hub date is correct then it's a newer bike than most of the twenties, so perhaps one from a lot of re-badged Raleigh-made frames? The rims are badged 'Raleigh' but they could easily have been changed. My understanding is that BSA were mostly re-branded Raleighs?
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Definitely not a Twenty nor the later "Shopper" incarnation.


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It's a Raleigh Stowaway clone. I had one for awhile but it felt a little leaden and sold it when I found my Moulton 4 Speed. Interestingly mine was a folder but essentially the same bike.

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I picked up a BSA Twenty last summer and offered it on Ebay for $9.99. It sold for $9.99. Guess I will keep the Olmo hanging in The Old Shed.

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After the collapse of BSA motorcycles (1972), the name passed around for a decade or so as various individuals tried to resurrect it. (Not unlike Indian and Norton.) I think this folder had something to do with one of those efforts, as an attempt to put some kind of two wheeled product out there with the BSA name on it.

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Yes it is a Twenty, made by Raleigh.
This 'bent frame' version superseded the 'H frame in the mid 1980's.
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