1951 Rudge Aero Clubman #125


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wrongway

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Apr 24, 2012
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Pella, IA
#1
I couldn't resist this one. I have been wanting a sort of rare Clubman bike like this. It needs.....some work, but mostly cosmetic, I think. I'm wondering if some of the paint can be brought back while saving the transfers? I think all of the bike is here. The front fender is, but not in real good shape, but neither is the rear one. The serial number is on the Bottom Bracket and is: 60686 BD.
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wrongway

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Apr 24, 2012
963
236
Pella, IA
#3
Thanks! It seems to be all complete and correct except for the pieces of fenders. I tried polishing up the chrome on one of the forks and it looks like it will do well. The front wheel axle might be tricky, though.
 
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Oilit

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 30, 2015
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Concord NC
#4
Wow! I see why you want to clean up the paint, but those transfers are in a class by themselves. That has the makings of a beautiful bike!
 

wrongway

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Apr 24, 2012
963
236
Pella, IA
#5
Wow! I see why you want to clean up the paint, but those transfers are in a class by themselves. That has the makings of a beautiful bike!
Thanks. I started exploring it more today. The wheels are pretty decent. Should clean up well. The may be incorrect as it's an AW and not an alloy hub of some sort.
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wrongway

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Apr 24, 2012
963
236
Pella, IA
#10
Here is what I've come up with and where I'll probably stop with the cleaning. I used some light steel wool and WD40 first and then some polishing/rubbing compound and a cloth. I followed it up with wax. I used Chrome Polish on the chrome after steel wool. I think this is as good as I'm going to get it. Now to re-assemble!
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wrongway

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Apr 24, 2012
963
236
Pella, IA
#11
I concur, just clean up the paint around the decals, address the rust on the bright parts, and service the bearings. That is a beautiful bike.
Thanks! I think it was well ridden over the years! Not really abused just not left to gather dust. I gathered that from all the patina and the Schwinn bike pads on the rear!
 

SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 27, 2008
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#12
Looks like it cleaned up well. I would go with that look - no reason for harsh measures here. You have reached the bike's natural current condition and it isn't worth going to harsher methods. Use that method consistently on the whole, re-assemble and ride.
 

wrongway

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Apr 24, 2012
963
236
Pella, IA
#13
Looks like it cleaned up well. I would go with that look - no reason for harsh measures here. You have reached the bike's natural current condition and it isn't worth going to harsher methods. Use that method consistently on the whole, re-assemble and ride.
Thanks. That's my plan now. I did get a little aggressive with the top tube in one place. There is another bike just like this online and it looks about the same color wise. So I'll live with it. After all, it's 67 years old!
 
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wrongway

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Apr 24, 2012
963
236
Pella, IA
#14
I took this out for a trail ride this last week and it was much easier to pedal (46x17) than I thought and quite fast! Mostly on flat trails, though, I'm sure. It looks like to me that the bars originally had some grips on the drops only. Would that be right? The rest of the bars would be bare, correct? What should I be looking for as grips?
 
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dweenk

Look Ma, No Hands!
Nov 13, 2014
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Maryland
#15
Yes, the bars were bare above the brake levers (and your levers appear to be located lower on the drops than usual). As far as grips - I will defer to someone with more knowledge, but if it were mine I would just tape the lower ends with 2 or 3 wraps of cotton.
 

wrongway

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Apr 24, 2012
963
236
Pella, IA
#17
Yes, the bars were bare above the brake levers (and your levers appear to be located lower on the drops than usual). As far as grips - I will defer to someone with more knowledge, but if it were mine I would just tape the lower ends with 2 or 3 wraps of cotton.
I think that was an early picture of it. The brake levers are higher up now. This bike is actually quite comfortable in the drops. I'm surprised. I think I'll just go with the bar wrap. I noticed another one just like it online and that's what they did.
 

juvela

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2014
334
411
Playa del Rey, United States
#19
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Can the Rudge experts explain how it is that some examples receive the hand chainwheel and some not?

Does it have more to do with quality level or with when manufactured?

Have no knowledge of the marque, hence this silly question.

Thanks for any information.

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SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 27, 2008
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2,370
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#20
Probably Britainnia or Constrictor grips would be my pick, particularly the longer black grips. I think they were being reproduced and a shop up in Mass. had them. The tops probably would be bare, but I would be inclined to do a few wraps of Newbaums tape up top if you ride on the bar tops much. I have a 1951 Raleigh Clubman waiting for reasselbly and setup, and this is how I will go at least. Set it up your way if you are going to ride. Don't ride in pain just to match a catalog image.
 

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