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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


The Bike Renovation Begins

31 Aug

My 'new' BSA bicycle

First of all hello and welcome to my blog. My name’s Mr Whitmore and I’m an online marketer from the UK. When I’m not doing that I’m working hard in the gym or on the rugby pitch and when I’m not doing any of that cool stuff I’m tinkering (a great past time for many blokes across the world).

This is my first of many posts to come on a bike renovation I’ve decided to carry out. My old man thinks I’m mad for starting this but I like a challenge so if this works it works. If it doesn’t…well you’ll get a nice weekly run down of my failure but I don’t intend to on any count.

The bike I’ve been lucky enough to buy through an online marketplace from a local fellow is a BSA brand (http://bsamuseum.wordpress.com/), not sure of the model and neither was he. All I know is it was rusty and damn old BUT it’s main components were functioning, so much so that I rode it to work this morning – sketchy!

I always liked the look of the single speeds and “indie-style” bicycles that whizz around London, the type that would typically have a Topman model perched upon it. This in mind I decided I’d find a bargain, strip it back, and ride the crap out of it. Easier said than done I’m guessing but who knows. In the next few weeks I’ll be following multiple online resources to get this done and I’ll let you know what I’ve been reading and watching for your own reference.

Feel free to take a look at a few more photos of my new bike below and I hope you enjoy reading my future posts.

BSA bike logo

BSA bike handlebars

BSA bicycle frame

BSA fixed gear