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  •  In Peace Corps Nepal, (6+ / 0-)

    I traveled across many miles aboard my trusty BSA bicycle that wasn't fast or pretty, but was obviously designed for military use, and never let me down over 2 plus years of hard riding.

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    From the history section of the BSA website:
    The Birmingham Small Arms (BSA) Company started in 1863, with the bike division starting in 1880. An engine powered bicycle was released in 1905 complete with a small Minerva engine.

    By World War 2, BSA had 67 factories which were used in order to meet the requirements for guns and ammunitions. They produced over a million Lee-Enfield rifles, Sten machine guns and around half a million Browning machine guns. However, the army also had a large demand for motorcycles, BSA supplied 126,000 M20 motorcycles to the armed forces from 1937 (and later until 1950) plus military bicycles including the folding paratrooper bicycle. BSA was now the largest producer of motorcycles in the world.

    You can go almost anywhere you want if you just keep walking

    by tharu1 on Sun May 05, 2013 at 11:37:30 AM PDT

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