1912 BSA Junior Boy Scout’s Bicycle

The BSA Company have this year commenced a new era: previously they have not supplied complete bicycles – only the parts. Now they announce for sale complete machines of the highest possible workmanship,  from £8 15s. We notice that the cheapest grade has a coaster hub, but, if desired, for the same money, an ordinary BSA free wheel will be fitted, and two rim brakes instead of a front rim brake and hub brake. This alternative is to our mind preferable. For an extra 25s, a two-speed gear is fitted, or a three-speed gear for 30s more.

The Boy’s Own Paper, 1910

1912 BSA Junior Bicycle

15 inch Boy’s Model

20″ Wheels

Eadie Coaster Hub Brake


I bought this rare early BSA Boy’s Bicycle from a chap named Ron. It was his first bicycle, given to him when he was seven years old, in 1945, by his Uncle Reg.

BSA did not make their own bikes until 1910, so a new BSA would have been a very special affair. The BSA logo on the headstock shows this is a BSA-made machine, rather than a BSA Fittings Machine. Its chain wheel is the style fitted to BSA’s from 1908 onwards.

It had been Uncle Reg’s bike too. Uncle Reg was born in 1901, so he would have been nine years old when his parents bought this BSA for him.

THE BOY’S OWN PAPER, 1910

Below, you can read a review of the ‘Cycle Novelties’ available for the 1910 season, including the new BSA, on the market for the first time.

 

The bike was in a very sorry state when I found it. Luckily, the original paintwork is in reasonable condition, with most of its box lining still present. It’s fitted with 20 inch wheels and 20 x 1 3/8 tyres.

The Piled Arms logo is still visible on the seat tube.

I’m still trying to find a copy of the 1910 BSA catalogue; the only copy I have at the moment is the 1910 BSA Fittings Catalogue, as below, showing the adult version.

At the moment, the only illustration I have of a BSA Junior Boy’s Bicycle is in the 1928 BSA catalogue, below. I’ll update this page when I find more information.

AS A BOY SCOUT’S BIKE

BSA CHAIN WHEEL

This style of chain wheel, with the BSA initials cast into it, was introduced in the 1908 season. As BSA did not make complete bicycles at that time, it was still only available for the first few years as a component. Here’s a 1907 article announcing its debut…

EADIE COASTER HUB

As I admire full size BSA bicycles, I’ve been fascinated by this miniaturized version, complete with an Eadie Coaster hub brake.