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    Very Old Rudge

    Hi,

    I have an old Rudge bicycle that I have been trying to do some research on. It’s a gents bike with; 28” wheels, rod brakes, Dunlop saddle, single speed and the seat stays are bolted on. Also has a painted/ transfer head badge, this makes me think it is very old or possibly a war date.

    I think some components have been changed at some point. As the two pedals don’t match. The rear wheel is a “Ridga” rim and “Pelissier” hub both made in France and the front has no make on anything and also the mud guards as the rear has a reflector with 1961 on them I really think the bike is older.

    I can’t find a frame number I have looked over it but couldn’t see anything.
    If there’s any info you can give me or if you can guest what era it is that would be great.

    I have up loaded some photos at
    http://s1140.photobucket.com/albums/n579/redrumdarren/

    many thanks.

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    Hi darrenjs92ni -

    That is an impressive ride, and I think it's quite old. - Certainly prewar and I am thinking 20's, given the bolt on stays, rearward facing DO.

    - But I'm not the expert - There are probably some folks who could give you more authoritative answers here.
    What I can say for sure, is that you have a really a fab Rudge Roadster there!





    - Auchen

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    Seems similar to mine, other than the full chain case and saddle. Best I can tell mine is a 1951 model year. Look for a serial number on the left side of the seat lug.

    My thread with more info.
    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ails?highlight=

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    A little more digging here, and my guess is that yours is a Tourist model -
    Here is an axample from the 54 catalog - to my chagrin it still has the bolt-on stays!

    - I have never seen a "7" seat post like yours on anything but a prewar bike though.

    http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/3...1600/14w.0.jpg

    - Auchen

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    Thanks for the replies, sorry about not getting back sooner. Does anyone have a clue how much the bike is worth? I don't have enough room for it and i am going to use the money towards some new bike tools.
    Last edited by darrenjs92ni; 08-27-11 at 07:08 AM.

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    Your local market being Northern Ireland makes it impoosible for me too comment on the value for your locality. Unless you are thinking of selling it on Ebay?

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