Archive | September, 2012

BSA Bike Update

10 Sep

I’m sorry that I haven’t written since my initial post. I think its about time that the bike restoration project began. Remember how I wasn’t sure of the model although I had a photo of the logo on the bike which clearly stated “Star Rider”? Well this is the model. I can clarify that the bike I have on my hands is a 1961 BSA Star Rider making this bike a good 50 odd years old. Not bad eh?

I did the standard wipe it down with a bit of oil and cloth and greased all the moving parts from the outside that I could see without taking stuff apart – just to make it look and move nicer before riding it down the seafront with my girlfriend on her trendy new mountain bike.

So…rode quite a way before getting to the coast. Came up to a big hill and started gaining some speed until POP. I was riding on a rear wheel and a flat tyre. Superb! Now I had to carry it home which wasn’t too bad because it’s quite a light bike.

I was annoyed that this had happened but then I thought its a 50 odd year old bike and I have no idea how old the tubes and tyres are. Time to place an order methinks. eBay here we go!

I was searching for tubes that were 26 x 1 3/8 in size, slightly larger than your modern day 26’s. As I’d expected they were quite rare in numbers but I eventually found an eBay listing for both tubes and new tyres (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Raleigh-Cycle-White-Wall-Bike-Tyre-26-x-1-3-8-37-590-/120557178862#ht_500wt_1414). I was going to replace the tyres at some stage anyway so I thought this wasn’t a bad deal. So I bought it.

Looking forward to these arriving but whilst they are off the bike I think I will take some of that nasty looking rust off of the chrome rims. I’ll show you how I did it in the next article so that you can try it yourself. Until then keep an eye on this space as the bike begins to get more and more beautiful each time I post.

Also! I’m going to be tweeting updates on this through my Twitter account @randalwhitmore so follow me if you’re interested. Everything to do with this bike will use #whbike if you just want updates on that because I do Tweet other random shish from time to time too :{P