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?