Over the next month I’ll advertise a variety of vintage bicycles and you are. Welcome to make (realistic) offers on them. 1900 BSA FITTINGS MACHINE. With interesting brake set up. Bowden rear + Thumb lever front. This BSA Fittings Machine is in good working order. Cosmetically it has a fine layer of rust which could be rubbed down to provide a bare metal finish. It has all the BSA fittings you would expect on such a bicycle, including the’snail cams’ on the rear axle, and the chainwheel and steering head display the BSA logo. This chainwheel design was used from 1899 to 1904, and the brakes are typically early 1900s. Brakes were still mostly experimental around 1900, and this set up is typical of the various configurations available before rod brakes were introduced and became the industry standard. The combination seen here provides one of the most effective braking arrangements available at the time. The Bowden thumb lever, as its title suggests, is pressed down with the thumb to pull the brake stirrup up onto the rim. The handlebar lever for the rear brake is connected by Bowden cable to the rear Bowden rim brake. The Bowden was the first brake of its kind, setting the design for future cycle braking technology. They were only used on bicycles for a few years before being adapted for use on the new-fangled motor bicycles. Rear Bowden brake fittings are not universal due to the variety in design of rear seat stays, so this example would have been supplied to BSA to sell as an option on their fittings bicycles. More photos and details at the Online Bicycle Museum. OWNER: The Online Bicycle Museum. The item “1900 BSA FITTINGS MACHINE Brakes Bowden rear/Thumb Lever front Vintage Bicycle” is in sale since Tuesday, September 10, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectables\Transportation Collectables\Bicycle\Other Bicycle”. The seller is “groovydubber” and is located in Brighton. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Modified Item: No
- Type: Other Bicycle