My 1885 Rudge Light Roadster Ordinary Bicycle
Photograph taken after my 100 mile Century ride in Yosemite, CA on May 13, 1989.
The Rudge is a Light Roadster model built in 1885 by Daniel Rudge & Co. of Coventry, England. It has a 54 inch driver and a 17 inch trailer and weighs only 38 pounds. It has a George Townsend saddle made in London, England, in 1887.
The Rudge has tangential spokes, ball bearing to the front driver and rear trailer, hollow tapered tubing, hollow felloes (rims), cow horn handlebars with spade grips, Rudge's famous ball pedals, and a Harrington step. It has a spoon brake applied to the front wheel which has a solid red Indian rubber tire as does the rear wheel.
The Rudge originally cost $132.50 in 1885.
I purchased the Rudge in 1987 from a bicycle collector in Concord, Massachusetts. It had been ridden previously on the Wheelmen 700 mile Philadelphia Centenary Run in 1976.
I have been a member of The Wheelmen since 1980. The Wheelmen is a bicycle club dedicated to the preservation, history, and riding of antique cycles. I am also a member of The Veteran Cycle Club of England. I have ridden in Ghent, Belgium, - Peterborough, England, - Edinburgh and Dumfriesshire, Scotland.
Old Sacramento Depot 1986
Yosemite Valley 1986 (I am the 5th from the left)
1885 Rudge Catalog Cover
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