1939-1945 BSA Airborne Folding Paratroopers Bike (‘Parabike’) R44736

1939-1945 BSA Airborne Folding Paratroopers Bike (‘Parabike’) R44736

(Now sold)

Good unrestored Paintwork with Excellent Original Transfers!



This BSA Airborne is a recent acquisition. Its most interesting feature is the good condition unrestored paintwork with excellent original transfers on the headstock and the seat tube.

Obviously chaps can do what they like with their toys, and a shiny restored vintage vehicle can be attractive if it’s done in the right way. But I’m a fully paid-up member of the Oily Rag Club. I do not restore cosmetically.

There are already too many restored vintage vehicles. The real treasure in the twentieth century is not shiny gleaming paint with freshly applied transfers. It’s a bike like this – original paint with original transfers intact.

To finish this one off, you’ll need to find a BSA pump, BSA saddle, BSA handlebar grips (repro ones available), seat post (or paint this one) and BSA sliding pedals. When you have those, this bike will be a prize-winner.

In the meantime, it’s still a great bike that’s fully usable. I spend a lot of time finding bits for my personal bikes; hunting for parts and accessories is an essential part of the fun of vintage vehicle ownership …and an important way to make contacts and learn more about the vehicles we own.

 

 

 

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FRONT END: Handlebars, tommy bar, levers and grips




 



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FRONT WHEEL

 

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BSA CHAINSET & BSA CIVILIAN PEDALS


After WW2, BSA Airborne bicycles were sold off by companies such as Pride & Clark for £5 as army surplus, and used for civilian commuting.

Most had their pedals replaced: the wartime sliding pedals were useful if you wanted to fold the bike to fit into an airplane; but were impractical for pedalling!

Of course, these days, military enthusiasts do everything they can to make their BSA Airbornes look more military. But I consider this also part of the bike’s history and I’ve left the pedals exactly as I found them.

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FOLDING BARS

The bike folds easily.

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REAR BRAKES, SADDLE and SEAT POST


The seat post is not original.

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REAR WHEEL & FRAME NUMBER R44736


 

 


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I hope you can see all you need from the photos provided on this page. Any questions, please contact me as below. Worldwide delivery is available.

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WIDE-ANGLE CLOSE-UPS

I usually receive emails asking for extra information about the Parabike before a customer buys it. I dug out my wide angle lens today, so I hope these extra pics will show you all you need to know.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Published on August 28, 2010 at 9:24 am  Leave a Comment  

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