Saturday, January 22, 2011

1957 Rudge

Also from Tim, a lovely 1957 Rudge. I wonder if this bike has a name as well...

Here are some pics of a 1957 Rudge Sports that we restored. The bike had been left outside for years and was faded, rusted and covered with pine sap. The bike has the rare Sturmey Archer SW hub which has a reputation for unreliability, but this one works great! Surprisingly, we were able to restore the bike and salvage the great old decals. Check out the decal graphics and chain ring! The hand design on the chain ring and logo on the decal refer to the Rudge motto: Britain's Best [handbuilt] Bicycle."

1957 Rudge

1957 Rudge

1957 Rudge

Walter and Beatrice

Tim sends across a pair of lovely vintage three speeds for admission to the gallery. The bikes are each named, which I find adorable. Tim says:

Here are photos of our well-loved pair of '67 Raleighs. "Walter" is a black 1967 Sports Deluxe complete with dynohub and working front headlamp and rear bullet tail lamp. All parts are vintage with the exception of new tires. We were fortunate to find a vintage Prestube rack that we repainted and installed.


"Beatrice" is a 1967 Raleigh Superbe that we purchased from the original owner who checked us pretty carefully to make certain her bike would be moving on to a good home. The bike had some issues, including a dead front dynohub that needed a new magnet (hint: NEVER remove the armature from the magnet - this causes total and permanent failure). After a full restoration, we thinks she looks pretty good!


Agreed, Tim. A good looking couple!