RE: [CR]BSA Bikes - Foldables for Paratroopers WWII ?

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From: "David Toppin" <>
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Subject: RE: [CR]BSA Bikes - Foldables for Paratroopers WWII ?
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2007 19:24:59 -0400
Organization: The Pelletizer Group, Inc.
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They are not light, but Iwoulnd't classify them as heavy. I'm sure they wanted them to be durable...

They did have retracting spindles for the pedals.. They are pretty cool. I'll take some pics next week and get them posted somewhere

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-----Original Message----- From: [] On Behalf Of John Betmanis Sent: Saturday, June 02, 2007 5:25 PM To: 'Classic Rendevous' Subject: RE: [CR]BSA Bikes - Foldables for Paratroopers WWII ?

At 03:49 PM 02/06/2007 -0400, David Toppin wrote:
>They are not all that heavy...

Well, my memory is a bit hazy, but back in the day when these were available on the surplus market, I somehow got the impression they at least weren't lighter than a standard roadster. Perhaps "heavy" wasn't the right term.

Also, from browsing the images on that site, it appears these bikes didn't have real pedals, but extendable spindles that one pedaled with the arches. That would be quite unnatural for an experienced cyclist and would certainly require army boots.

John Betmanis
Woodstock, Ontario