|It was well above head height, a bit hard to photograph.|
Note the fork mounted lighting and sturdy built-in luggage rest. If the chain ring is to anything to go by, this is a 'BSA' bike which I had not heard of until my Googling told me it stands for Birmingham Small Arms company.
|Distinctive enough! Check your Grandpa's shed for any BSAs lying about!|
According to Wikipedia, Birmingham Small Arms was a group of companies manufacturing "military and sporting firearms; bicycles; motorcycles; cars; buses and bodies; steel; iron castings; hand, power and machine tools; coal cleaning and handling plants; sintered metals; and hard chrome process." (There you go!)
BSA was once the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world and after a few name changes a company subsidiary still manufactures the world famous London taxis. Fascinating pictures of their military bicycles can be found here at the BSA museum site. I don't know if this is actually a military bicycle but in person the red reminds me of old London buses. A 'subdued' kind of red rather than a flashy hue. Unless there was a mass importing in the past, I'd think a BSA bicycle would be fairly rare in Australia. It's certainly the first bicycle I've seen in an antique shop.