1942-1945 BSA Airborne Folding Paratroopers Bicycle.
Folding bike, don't worry you don't have to go jumping out of any planes with it...
Rides great, quite a head turner and a story to go along with it.
3 speed BSA hub, BSA cranks, maybe everything was made in house.
Great bike for the cycling enthusiast or for a history buff.
Take it for the occasional roll or hang it on the wall!
Here is a bit about how the history of these bikes:
As if jumping out of an aircraft laden with parachutes, equipment, and a weapon while under enemy fire wasn’t daring enough, some British paratroopers made the jump while clinging onto a bicycle. The practice may seem crazy, but once a paratrooper lands, his feet are his only means of transport. A bicycle offers the soldier a much faster and more efficient way of traveling, something that is useful during a surprise assault.
The bicycle is one of the simplest and most reliable forms of transport. It doesn’t need fuel and does not suffer from the same mechanical failures experienced by more complex machines. Because of this, the humble, peddle-powered bike can be an extremely helpful tool in the ever-changing conditions of war.
Many European nations, including Germany, Poland, and Italy, already had bicycle units in their armies by the time WWII began. The Swiss Army’s Bicycle Regiment continued using them until 2001.
While bicycles were tremendously useful during WWII, the British anticipated using them much more than they actually did. The Birmingham Small Arms Company Limited (BSA) produced over 60,000 BSA Airborne Folding Paratroopers Bicycles between 1942 and 1945.
The bike could be folded completely in half by loosening two wingnuts, reducing its overall size. The frame of the bike featured brackets that would hold a soldier’s rifle while traveling. Like most military equipment at the time, the BSA bikes were painted a khaki green.
Serious enquiries only please, anyone in the know will know that this is a bargain at this price. Similar BSA Paratrooper bikes are listed for almost twice the price on Ebay.
Local pick up preferred, shipping and handling at buyers expense.