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This machine was built for the reigning World Pursuit Champion Sid Patterson to contest the 1953 title. Raleigh had signed Patterson as it was more than a good bet that he would repeat the 1952 success – he did. They presumably decided to mount Patterson on a Rudge to promote this line as Reg Harris would be on his familiar Raleigh and expected to seal the Sprint event.
Being a specialist pursuit bike the frame was made as light as possible with the ‘Harris’ chain stay reinforcing omitted and set with a longer wheel base. After the title win it was returned to Raleigh for display purposes and may have been repainted by them at some point unknown. It was obtained by Harris Raleigh expert Denis Wright via a Raleigh employee after their collection was dispersed. It remained with Denis until 2012 when he decided to thin his stock. Feeling that the bike possibly had more significance to Australian enthusiasts he kindly offered it to me – yes please was the instant reply. From period photographs it seems Patterson used one of the tool room Raleigh head stems (which seem to be rarer than the special frames themselves), apart from missing that item the parts are correct. It seems the world title may have been the only event the frame was used for.
The Hercules Cycle and Motor Company Limited was a British bicycle manufacturer founded on 9 September 1910 in Asten England.
The name Hercules was chosen for its associations of durability and robustness. The company was founded by Edmund and Harry Crane and started life in Coventry Street Birmingham initially producing 25 bicycles a week.
The Sociable or Buddy Bike or Side By Side Bicycle is a bicycle that supports two riders who sit side by side.
This type of bicycle should not be confused with a tandem bicycle, where the riders sit fore and aft rather than beside each other.
The sociable is said by some to have been invented by Australian cyclist Hubert Opperman, although in its basic form it has been around for longer, since the end of the 19th century. It was originally marketed by the Punnett Cycle Company. Historically it has been used as a courting bike; gentlemen would be able to spend time with young ladies in an activity that allowed proximity.
For many years, in many parts of the world, the Raleigh Sports three-speed bicycle was considered the ultimate in human-powered transportation. These bicycles were not toys, and, despite the model name, they were not sporting equipment…they were serious vehicles. 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. That is not what a Raleigh Sports was about…these were designed to provide solid, dependable transportation for the British public, at a time when only the upper classes had motorcars. These bikes were built to last 100 years, with reasonable care.
Rudge Whitworth Cycles was a British bicycle, bicycle saddle, motorcycle and sports car wheel manufacturer that resulted from the merger of two bicycle manufacturers in 1894, Whitworth Cycle Co of Birmingham, founded by Charles Henry Pugh (1840–1901) and his two sons Charles Vernon and John, and Rudge Cycle Co of Coventry (which descended from a bicycle company founded by Daniel Rudge of Wolverhampton).
Rudge motorcycles were produced from 1911 to 1946. The firm was known for its innovations in engine and transmission design, and its racing successes. Their sales motto was “Rudge it, do not trudge it.”
The company was established at Villebouef, Saint-Etienne, on 10th November 1885, by directors Mimard and Blachon for the manufacture of sporting guns and bicycles under the Hirondelle trade mark. Initially it handled the sale and repair of mainly British bicycles and tricycles. Own production of bicycles did not begin, and then only on a small scale, until March 1888.francais
The Birmingham Small Arms Company Limited (BSA) was a major British industrial combine, a group of businesses manufacturing military and sporting firearms; bicycles; motorcycles; cars; buses and bodies; steel; iron castings; hand, power, and machine tools; coal cleaning and handling plants; sintered metals; and hard chrome process.
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