Dating rudge bicycles
Actually, many well-known brands don't even do that; they order bicycle frames to be built to their specifications, with their name painted on, and equipped with parts from a variety of vendors.
This table is focussed on the mainline Raleigh/Rudge/Humber "Sports" model.The men and women who built them, by and large, also rode them, as their primary means of transportation.Most modern bicycles are designed with the primary intent to catch your eye on the sales floor, and persuade you to buy.Britain's rise to an industrial superpower on the crest of the Industrial Revolution was based, as much as anything else, on the steel industry and the new technologies it made possible: steel ships, steel bridges, steel buildings..steel bicycles.Raleigh originally introduced the slogan "The All Steel Bicycle" to differentiate Raleighs from competitors who used cast iron for some critical parts, a heavier and cruder technology.
Dull-center rims; BB oiler left side, spring/ball cap. Later Raleigh-made brakes used standard cables with conventional anchor bolts. ) even though the bikes came with a "hockey-stick" chainguard.