This is a 1953 women's Rudge that I recently received as a gift. The story is that this bicycle was purchased in 1953 by a woman who never owned a car. She bequeathed the bike to her neighbor who then brought to a local repair shop. This shop refused to work on it. I was more than happy to get it up and running again. The only newer parts that I can see are the pedals, and reflectors. It came with a large ugly aftermarket seat, but the original was in the basket. I've been riding it for the past two weeks, and she is a very smooth runner. I don't know if I will do more than a lube a cursory cleaning as she has so much MOJO as she is. I am thinking about a new leather saddle though. Best Regards Jeff
Thursday, May 10, 2012
My favorite thing about Rudge bicycles is the front chainring. That hand symbol in the middle of the ring is cool. Jeff includes a picture that makes the chainring visible, plus a pretty neat story.