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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 5:49 pm 
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HI all

I have been clearing my mums shed and in it she had a Challenge Bicycle. From what I can gather this is from the 50's, it has rod brakes, a 3 speed Sturmey Archer rear hub which the patent number suggests this is a 1950-3 model. It has Brampton pedals and crank. The brakes work and the gears all change after a little oiling.

What I want to know is this worth re-furbishing i.e good clean up, touch up the paintwork that is a bit scratched in places etc. New tyres and possible saddle as it rock hard.

It has not been used for at least 20+ years.

Any thoughts.

Cheers Gary


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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 5:54 pm 
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Depends what you mean by "worth"...
It would be a good thing to do.


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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 5:57 pm 
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I mean is it something a little rare (not for resale) that might be a candidate for making roadworthy again.

I normally work in my classic cars and thought it may be fun to do.

Just don't want to waste time on a donkey, I have never heard of them but did find a little bit on the interwebby thing.

G


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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 6:11 pm 
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I suspect any bike from the 50s is now pretty rare and I wouldn't be surprised if film prop buyers need this kind of thing (I keep seeing bikes with Shimano gears and cable brakes in WW2 films) but can't imagine there is much of a resale market. I guess it's a bit like some utilitarian family car with cross ply tyres and drum brakes of a similar age. Nice thing to own (apart from when you need difficult to make, proprietary parts) but never going to challenge a 250 GTO at the auctions.

My first proper bike after playgroup had rod brakes and my dad taught me how to adjust them - which I shall never forget.
I think the key word in your last post was "fun". Reason enough, surely? Also the "challenge", obviously. :facepalm: I'll get my coat...


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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 3:09 pm 
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Fun it is then and tyres on order.

Oh I am all good with rod brakes as having them on one of my cars.

Oh and your coat is on the hook awaiting.

G


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