MAKERS: BSA Cycle Co

“BSA was formed in June 1861, with a capital of £24,500, specifically to manufacture guns. It was the largest private manufacturer of arms in Europe. The company, controlled by a committee of all its members, purchased a 25-acre site at Small Heath, Birmingham, on which they built a factory for the sum of £17,050. This plant was expanded, improved many times and even bombed by Hitler during the Blitz. It was finally demolished in 1977.
BSA received its first government contract in 1866, for the conversion of 100,000 muzzle loaders into breech loaders, to be completed within twenty months. The order, which was worth a massive £98,750, was given to BSA for fear of Britain becoming involved in the Austro-Prussian war. The factory at Small Heath responded to the emergency by setting up a night shift and turned out 3,000 conversions a week, completing the contract by February 1868 [extract from the History of BSA in the book ‘BAD TEETH NO BAR: History of Military Bicycles in the Great War’]

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Items in this Collection

1876 BSA Martini-Henry Rifle / 1899 BSA Fittings Machine

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1880-1883 BSA Otto

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1899 BSA Fittings Machine: Telegraph Battalion, Royal Engineers ‘Cable Layer’

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1899 Roadster Machine built entirely of BSA Fittings

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1900 BSA Back-pedalling Brake

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1900 BSA Fittings Catalogue (British)

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1900 BSA Fittings Catalogue (French)

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1900 BSA Fittings Machine (Brakes: Bowden rear; thumb lever front)

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1900 BSA Fittings Machine: Telegraph Battalion, Royal Engineers Wireless Operator

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1900 BSA Lady’s Spring-Frame

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1900 High Frame Machine with Double Top Tube built entirely of BSA Fittings

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1901 BSA ‘Bicycle (Mark 1) High. Medium. Low

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1901-1903 BSA Gents’ Springframe (with Patent Backpedal Brake)

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1902 BSA Fittings Cushion Frame

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1902 BSA Roadster (Boer War Military Model)

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1902 Haviland ‘Victoria’ BSA Spring Frame Roadster

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1904 Light Roadster Bicycle built from ‘B’ pattern BSA fittings

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1906 BSA Lincoln Jeffries Air Rifle

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1907 BSA Fittings Machine

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1910 Bicyclette ‘Oblin’ built from BSA ‘B’ Pattern Fittings

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1910 BSA Racer built from ‘A’ Pattern Fittings

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1910 BSA Racer built from ‘A’ Pattern Fittings

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1910 BSA Road Racer built from ‘A’ Pattern Fittings

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1910s ‘Fortuna’ Sloping Top Tube Road Racer built from BSA Fittings

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1910s BSA ‘Machine Folding, General Service’ (WW1)

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1910s BSA Fittings Road Racer (‘Modele Course sur Route’)

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1910s Drop-tube Road Racer built from ‘A Pattern’ BSA Fittings

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1911 BSA Light Roadster (28″ Frame)

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1912 BSA Junior Boy Scout’s Bicycle

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1912 BSA Road Racer built from ‘A’ Pattern Fittings

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1913 BSA Modele de Luxe Lady’s Bicycle

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1914 BSA ‘Model 4D’ Lady’s Roadster

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1914 BSA All-Weather Special Order 28″ Frame

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1914 BSA Territorial with WW1 Military Fittings

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1914 WW1 BSA Folding Bicycle: ‘MACHINE FOLDING, GENERAL SERVICE’ (26″ Wheels)

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1914 WW1 BSA Folding Bicycle: ‘MACHINE FOLDING, GENERAL SERVICE’ (28″ Wheels)

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1915 BSA Modele de Luxe with Territorial Fittings

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1915 BSA Territorial WW1

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1915 WW1 Motorised BSA Bicycle with Wall Auto-wheel

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1916 BSA Motorcycles & the SAMCC

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1917 BSA Three-Speed with WW1 Territorial Fittings

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1917 WW1 BSA All-Weather with Military Fittings

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1918 BSA All-Weather Bicycle, Model 14D

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1918 BSA Lady’s Modele de Luxe

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1920 BSA Model 14D Gent’s All-Weather Bicycle

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1924 BSA Model 14D Gent’s All-Weather Bicycle

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1931 BSA Light Roadster

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1931 BSA Special All-Weather ‘Model 166G’

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1932 BSA Gent’s 28″ Roadster with Double Top Tube

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1933 BSA ‘Heavy Roadster’

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1934 BSA Club ‘Model 403A’

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1934 BSA Club ‘Model 403A’

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1934 BSA Club Gent’s Bicycle Model 403A

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1934 BSA Opperman Super-eeze

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1937 BSA Club Tourist Model with Hub Brakes

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1937 BSA Double Diamond Tandem with Watsonian Sidecar

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1937 BSA Gent’s ‘Gold Vase’

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1937 BSA T74 Piled Arms Tandem with Watsonian Model No 8 Two-Seater Juvenile Sidecar

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1938 BSA Gent’s Gold Vase

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1938 BSA Sports ‘Golden Wings’ Special

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1939 BSA Opperman Gold Special

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1939 BSA Opperman Special

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1939-1940 BSA Junior D1 Boy’s Bicycle

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1940s BMB Brockhouse Tractor. Austin 7 Chassis; BSA 320cc Engine (WW2 Tug?)

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1940s BSA Military Mk V Roadster

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1940s BSA Roadster: WARTIME FINISH

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1942 BSA Airborne: 1st Pattern Twin Seat-Tube (R6387)

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1942 BSA Military Mk.V Roadster with Rifle Clips

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1942 BSA Military Mk.V Roadster, ex Irish Army

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1942 WW2 BSA Airborne Bicycle, 1st Pattern (R4154)

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1942 WW2 BSA Airborne Bicycle, 1st Pattern Twin Tube (R2485)

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1942-1945 WW2 BSA Airborne Bicycle, 2nd Pattern

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1943 BSA Airborne Folding Paratrooper Bicycle #R40971

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1943 BSA Airborne, 2nd Pattern (R37618)

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1943 BSA Mk V Roadster Irish Army Issue

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1943 WW2 BSA Airborne Bicycle, 2nd Pattern R38943

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1944 BSA Airborne Motorised Folding Paratrooper Cyclemaster

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1944 BSA Airborne Paratrooper & Junior Pegasus Parabike

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1944 BSA Airborne Paratrooper Bicycle (# R49431)

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1944 BSA Airborne Paratrooper Bicycle # R43613

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1944 BSA Airborne Paratrooper Bicycle R50823 – Filming in Los Angeles

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1946 BSA Paratroop Model 904ACP

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1946 BSA Paratroop Model 904ACP – American Export Model

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1946-1953 BSA Junior Parabike

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1946-1953 BSA Junior Parabike: Boy’s Model PJ/1

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1946-1953 BSA Junior Parabike: Girl’s Model PJ/2

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1946-1953 BSA Junior Parabikes – Boy’s & Girl’s

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1946-1953 BSA Junior Parabikes: Boys & Girls

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1950s BSA All-Chrome Performer’s Bicycle

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1953 BSA Winged Wheel. BSA ‘615 WW’ Frame with Webb Forks

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1956 BSA Golden Wings

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1957 BSA Junior Tricycle Model J1

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BSA & Military Bicycle Museum

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COMBAT CASH EPISODE 1 – Colin Filming in Los Angeles VIDEO

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