For Sale: My 1953 Rudge Sports (still)

UPDATE 29 Sept 2014: The bike has been SOLD.

I know. I’ve been trying to sell the Rudge off and on since last summer but I really should make room in the stable. While I love this bike, it is a tad on the small side for me, and I really don’t give it the attention it deserves. I have some big bike projects coming up, and am in the mode of downsizing my bicycle collection. So I’d rather not hold onto a “sunny day” bike, I’d rather let someone else enjoy this bike!

Here are the pertinent details:

  • 1953 Rudge Sports
  • 21″ frame
  • 26″ x 1 3/8″ (aka EA 3, 650A, or more accurately ISO 590) wheels. Generic gumwall 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! Overhauled in the last year.
  • Raleigh side pull caliper brakes with modern brake pads, front pads have leather for better performance on steel rims.
  • More modern quill stem, flipped “North Road” handlebars
  • Comes with 70’s era “Union” brand bottle generator and headlamp.
  • Comes with a brown Brooks B17N (narrow) leather saddle and Minnehaha barrel bag attached to saddle. (Includes spare tube.)
  • Does NOT have fenders/mudguards or chainguard. When I got the bike, the chainguard was long gone and fenders were shot.

I’m asking $175. I’ll consider shipping the bike, but of course it’s going to cost you more (add $75-150 for shipping and packing.)

Bike is available for viewing in Woodlawn in NE Portland.

Maybe you’ll be the person who can give this cool bike the love it deserves?

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