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1951 Rudge Aero Clubman

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Reynolds 531

British headclip fixed

Sturmey Archer Dyno hub laced to 32 hole Dunlop Special Lightweight

Sturmey Archer FM 4 speed laced to 40 hole Dunlop Special Lightweight

Williams cottered

Brooks Pro, dome top aluminium

Bought on ebay for more than I could afford. It is well preserved and was well fitted out with correct Dunlop rims, FM hub with wingnuts, Dyno hub, Bluemels fenders with correct wingnuts and bolts, Karrimor saddle bag, GB Hiduminium brakes and Superhood levers, correct headclip stem and bars, handlebar mount bottle cage with period aluminum bottle, Brooks pro saddle, dyno lamp on a "R" fork mount, even a period British ding bell.

I've been collecting up the same parts for a 1948 RRA frame and the cost of buying up the parts from with shipping and all made the bike a reasonable price.

I have added a Brooks leather bound bag support, Phillips front wingnuts which I like better than the ones it came with, and some British club bike pedals.

Did about 10 miles on it on 2/7/09 and it's quite a nice rider, all it needs is some toe clips and straps.

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I have a chance to purchase

I have a chance to purchase a Rudge Clubman from the original owner. It has a double chain ring up front and a four cog cassette in the rear. It is also campy equipped. The fenders are cracked and the frame is a 6-7/10. I don't want to rip off the owner but I'd also like to get a good deal. I have no idea what to offer the gentleman. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.


Such a clean bike! I love all the accessories. This a a prime example of a vintage bike.


Where do I get a cup holder like that?

Bottle holder

The bottle holder on this bike is vintage, you can find both old and modern ones on ebay just search "handle bar bottle cage". Vintage ones will cost you around 40 bucks modern ones around 10. You can also find adapters for standard bottle holders.

The racers back in the 40's and 50's used to use them, often double ones. I don't know exactly when or why they quit, I imagine for aerodynamic reasons. Also they have to hold the bottle pretty tight to keep it from jumping out on bumps. Many of the old ones have a lever that tightens the cage on the bottle.


I'd guess they quit because having two heavy things full of sloshing liquid on the handlebars didn't do much for the stability of the bike. Better to have the weight down low and attached to the frame. Not sure "aerodynamic reasons" were really considered until the Shimano's Dura-Ace AX many decades later (and even then it was more sales than engineering).

Strictly speaking...

I think that's actually a water bottle holder. But it raises an interesting question: How well does an insulated coffee cup fit in a standard water bottle holder? You can get handlebar clamps for regular water bottle cages.

There are aftermarket coffee cup holders branded by SOMA, Felt, Topline and Origin8, among others.

EDIT: Well, I'll be damned! OXO 12/14oz Travel Mugs fit a standard bottle cage very well. I have a couple of these: A nonthermal version that comes standard with the SOMA Morning Rush kit, and a thermal stainless steel one that has a better sealing top. Both of them fit Elite Ciussi bottle cages very snugly. That means you could toss your coffee mug in your downtube cage, or you could get a handlebar mounting clamp for a standard cage. Excellento!

Water bottle holder: A followup

Further investigation suggests that the water bottle holder on the handlebars is French - a Specialites T.A. ref. 213. T.A. made lots of stuff for touring bikes: Cranksets/chainrings/BBs, racks/bags, bottles/cages, pedals/cleats, headsets and so on. Very rugged stuff. They're still in business, and they still make the six-arm cyclotouriste crankset they've made for almost 50 years.

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