1920s BSA Gents Heavy Roadster – Tall 30.5″ Frame

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1920s BSA Gents Heavy Roadster

Tall 30.5″ Frame

28″ Wheels

All-Weather Mudguards

Sturmey-Archer 3 speed gear

Though the BSA ‘Gents Heavy Roadster’ and heavy duty ‘Constabulary Model’ were not always advertised in BSA catalogues after World War 1, they were still available for tall customers who wished to place a special order for one. A cycle manufacturer would supply any frame size that a customer required.

I featured this tall BSA in my book, to illustrate how double top tube frames were used for extra bracing with a tall frame. At that time it had a chaincase but was missing its rear ‘all-weather’ mudguard. I removed the chaincase to expose the BSA chainwheel and, eventually, after finding a rear all-weather mudguard, that was fitted to complete its appearance. As the Sturmey-Atcher 3 speed hub has been replaced at some time in its life with a later one, there’s no way to discover its exact age (BSA records did not survive); in my opinion it is probably late 1920s. It’s a unique survivor in original paint, in good functional condition, and ready to ride.

 

 

 

1914 BSA CATALOGUE EXTRACTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1918 BSA CATALOGUE EXTRACTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1914 BSA CATALOGUE EXTRACTS