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    1945 Rudge factory tour

    No idea if its made the rounds here or not, but a buddy passed it on. Cool stuff if you have a spare 20 minutes or so....

    How a Bicycle is Made (1945) on Vimeo
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    Raleigh DL Tourists
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    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banks View Post
    Raleigh DL Tourists
    Huh?

    You're saying that's what these are?

    I say Rudge, because it's right there on the down tube in several instances, or am I missing something?
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    Chain rings have the Raleigh crest on them and look just like my Raleigh DL. Rudge was bought out by Raleigh in '43, maybe mixed production lines for the movie?
    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.

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    Gotcha, with that in mind, and no actual info, that'd be my guess too.

    Love the lack of any sort of OSHA mindset, whatsoever, pretty wild.....
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    Great hair, correctly cuffed rolled shirts and hands in the paint! Ahhh, dem were the days.
    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.

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    I love that wheel jig at around 14 mins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banks View Post
    Great hair, correctly cuffed rolled shirts and hands in the paint! Ahhh, dem were the days.
    Agreed, factory workers that still looked like they gave two craps about their life, nice.

    As for the wheel jig, yeah, the whole thing is just neat. Very interesting that women were involved, but only in the "light industry" side of things.

    So many things to catch your attention, if you pay attention....
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    Fascinating, I wonder why they elected to bolt the seat stays rather than braze them like the rest of the frame? Also they manufactured every part, spokes, rims, hubs, cranks and even drawing their own tubes. Maybe the tires and inner-tubes were outsourced? Lastly the paint went on in a dipping tank!


    p.s. 1945 so perhaps also showing Brittan getting back to normal after the war?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lewisfoto View Post
    Fascinating, I wonder why they elected to bolt the seat stays rather than braze them like the rest of the frame?
    I've wondered that too. Several makes of this type have done that too. Something I'll have to get the bottom of I suppose...

    It'd be nice if brands still made that much of their own too. Quality control would likely be much higher!
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    I have two Colson 28" frames from the mid-late 20's that have bolted stays. Not sure why.
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Cool film. In the segment about the production of the forks, it also appeared that they were making the rear seat stays. Maybe they felt the production as similar enough, it was better to do them together and then just bolt the stays to the rest of the frame.

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    As the frame size gets bigger, the angle of the seat stays to the seat tube gets shallower. Could the bolted stays be so that one seat tube lug fits all frame sizes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by phill77 View Post
    As the frame size gets bigger, the angle of the seat stays to the seat tube gets shallower. Could the bolted stays be so that one seat tube lug fits all frame sizes?

    Not likely as the seat stays are generally brazed to the out side of the lug, particularly with a factory made bike like the one in the video.

    I was thinking that there may have been some type of road vibration dampening built in similar to soft tail mountain bikes. Didn't the "tour guide" mention how the new models made rough roads feel smoother?


    just a theory


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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak View Post
    Cool film. In the segment about the production of the forks, it also appeared that they were making the rear seat stays. Maybe they felt the production as similar enough, it was better to do them together and then just bolt the stays to the rest of the frame.
    I like this theory too....

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    Good watching! Reminds me of this:

    You only live once but if you do it right, once is enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pool Boy View Post
    Good watching! Reminds me of this:
    Thanks for the laugh, that outside toilet bit was hilarious! "Mind if I pop outside and foul your pavement?"

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