April 03 2020 Friday at 07:02 AM
A couple times a year we load up the truck, jump in, and drive through East Java hunting down antique furniture, bicycles and motorcycles.Fresh from a stint of refurbishment in the bicycle workshop is this 1950's English Rudge is one of such finds… when we found her, you didn't have to guess that she had seen better days.
After the frame received some lovin' in the Workshop, it was time for Willy to do what he does best and give it a fresh lick of paint, which he did in style. As soon as that cream and brown frame left the paint bay's doors it was evident that a selection of wooden parts would take her to the next level. So master carpenter Pak Salim was called in, and after staring at the bicycle for a good 20 minutes, left and was not to be seen for a week. He turned up at the temple a couple days ago with a box of hand carved goodies…One off peddles, grips and front basket made from old teak, definitely puts this cycle ahead of the class. As she stands now, this ride is sporting: 1950's Rudge frame 27" Velocity rims Soleil leather seat Custom Teak peddels and grips Bespoke Old teak front basket 170mm IRD crankset come tomorrow she will be on our showroom floor, swing by and give her a test drive!Being as old as it is, its safe to say this gem made its way to Bali's shores during the Dutch occupation. The Dutch occupied Indonesia from the late 1800's until the 1950's, leaving many the bit and piece behind.