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1979 BSA Sports Lightweight Ladies Bicycle

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Classic Sports style bicycle from BSA with 3-speed hub and drum brakes!

1979 BSA Sports Lightweight Ladies Bicycle

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You are buying a used BSA Sports ladies bicycle. This bicycle was made in England in 1978/9 and as part of Raleigh-TI was most likely manufactured in either their Nottingham or Worksop factories (most likely Nottingham, as the "N" in the serial number may denote (we were not able to verify this however)). This bike is very similar to the Raleigh Sport Tourist models in many aspects although it does have some unique fittings in comparison to British brethren. Foremost on this list is that all braking power is provided via front and rear Sturmey Archer drum brakes, the rear hub also providing shifting via a 3 Speed internal transmission (Model AB, dates to 1978). The frame is in good shape for it's age, unfortunately the decals and head badge are faded, but the matching steel fenders, rear carrier rack, and full chain case make for nice aesthetic additions. The rear fender and front fork house a Rampar/Raleigh tail lamp and a front head lamp, both powered by a Velox front tire generator, both lamps work but there is an unfortunate chip in the red plastic casing of the rear lamp. The Brooks B72 leather saddle is still in excellent ride-able shape and overall the bike is fully functional mechanical condition (it has been tuned by one of our shops mechanics and once re-assembled post shipping should be ready to ride). BSA (Birmingham Small Arms Company Limited) was a purveyor of a wide variety of products ranging from bicycles to Turkish infantry rifles. At one point the largest supplier of Motorcycles in the world, BSA owned renowned brand like Triumph, Sunbeam and Daimler. The company peaked during the postwar years but the 1950's weren't as kind to the sales of bicycles and the BSA cycles division was sold to Raleigh in 1957 (which at the time was still independent but later became Raleigh-TI (Tube Investments)) and with numerous other brands under their marquee (including: Phillips, Rudge-Whitworth, Hercules, Armstrong, Sun and Norman Cycles) the BSA Cycles brand slowly faded from it's former glory.
23" Seat Tube (top to center)
26" Wheels (current tires are non-original, as well as dried and cracking, are currently ride-able but we would recommend replacement)
Serial #N88043218
Reference #147393

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Manufacturer Raleigh
Color Maroon
Country of Origin England
Used or New Used
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