New Stickers: Large SoTS and Three Speed Camping!

Hello, friends of Three Speeds! I just got in some new stickers for the Society.

First up is the large version of the Society of Three Speeds logo. This one has a three inch diameter (vs. the 1 1/2 inch of the regular one). Like the smaller stickers, this one is weather resistant. If you are a member, you can purchase one for $2 (plus shipping/fees), while supplies last. Not a member? It’s included in the Deluxe membership kit.

And I also made some of these nifty Three Speed Camping stickers! If you’ve been around here long enough you know I’m a big proponent of camping trips via three speeds. This three inch, weather-resistant sticker is here to celebrate that. Have you been on a three speed camping trip? If you have, you can grab one of these stickers for $2 (plus shipping/fees.) Haven’t been on a Three Speed Camping Trip yet? You can still get one, if you intend to go on one in the near future (let’s say by the end of 2020). I should be making some patches of this at some point, too! But if you buy one of these stickers, be prepared to tell me about your past and/or upcoming three speed camping trip!

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The Rudge has been SOLD!

cropped-13983463051_dd3d9fc354_c.jpgFinally, finally. And it has gone to a good home and a new member of Society of Three Speeds to boot! I’m sure he will put it to good use.

Now get out there and ride your three speed!

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?

Rudge Sports: For Sale (again)

Yes, I tried to sell this late last summer but got no bites, then decided to keep it. Then I got some interest in this bike, so I’m deciding to sell. 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.)

I’m asking $275 or best offer. If you buy it for $275 I’ll throw in a spare generic tire plus a set of silver Planet Bike “Cascadia” fenders that should fit this bike.

Bike is available for viewing in Woodlawn in NE Portland. I’d rather not ship this bike.

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

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)

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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