FOR SALE: My 1953 Rudge Sports three speed

Yes, I know. I’m selling my beloved 1953 Rudge Sports. Why?

Well, with the big changes that I’ve talked about, I simply need to. While owning five bikes may not be that much to those who have a dozen or more in their basement/garage/yard/living room/etc, for me, a man who has to find new digs soon, it’s one too many. And yes, the Rudge is indeed a cool bike, the oldest bike that I own. But let’s be honest here: It’s a tad too small for me, I never ride it nor give it the attention that it deserves. I know, I know: The frame is cooler (and better) than my 70’s Raleigh Wayfarer, but the larger frame on the Wayfarer fits me better. I know, I know: How can I part with that cool head badge and chainring? But part I must. So it’s now time to find the Rudge a good home.

Here are the pertinent details:

Rudge Sports, estimated to be from 1953 (yep, a 60 year old bike!)

  • 21″ frame
  • 26″ x 1 3/8″ (aka EA 3, 650A, or more accurately ISO 590) wheels. Generic tires.
  • Sturmey-Archer AW three-speed hub, rare alloy (aluminum) shell, date stamped 1953. Functions smoothly.
  • Rear wheel is original to bike with Endrick/Raleigh-pattern rim. Front wheel came off a 1970’s era Raleigh three-speed, has a plain rim but has a hub with oil port. Both rims are steel. Some rust on braking surface of rear rim.
  • 48 tooth chainring with 20 tooth rear cog
  • Bottom bracket has oil port! Recently overhauled as well.
  • Raleigh side pull caliper brakes.
  • More modern quill stem, flipped “North Road” handlebars
  • Comes with 70’s era “Union” brand bottle generator and headlamp. If buyer does not want this, reduce price by $20
  • Comes with a brown Brooks B17N (narrow) leather saddle. If buyer does not want this, reduce price by $50. (I’ll throw on a generic saddle instead)


The price I’m asking for this bike is $350 or best offer. Local pickup only (if you really want to have it shipped, it’d probably be an extra $150 for shipping and handling.)
If you are interested, please get in touch. Email me at urbanadventureleague    at   gmail   com


14 thoughts on “FOR SALE: My 1953 Rudge Sports three speed

  1. Danny says:

    Would you be open to shipping to Philadelphia, PA? I intend for this to be a potential Father’s day gift for my grandfather. It’s the same bicycle he rode as a child in his home country and I think it would be the perfect present for him. Would truly appreciate any flexibility.

    • ericha says:

      I have a rudge sport, 3 speed, men’s bike. It’s black. It has the “r” headlight bracket on the front. From what I’ve read that bracket is old. I am unsure of the year. It definitely needs some work and parts of it are a bit rusty

    • ericha McGiffen says:

      I have a rudge bicycle. I’m not sure what year it is. Has the “r” headlight bracket on the front. I’m not sure what year it is. It definitely needs some work. Rust on some areas. It’s a men’s three speed. Black in color

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