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    1956 Rudge Whitworth

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    Just for the record I sold it after I posted, thanks for the comments they did help me.
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    Found in trash. Decals and badges in worn condition. Some decals missing.

    Front hub and BB have oil ports. SA AW 56 3 speed hub seems to be in working condition. What oil should I use? 10W40?

    cones on front wheel in very good condition. Axel treads are worn due to wear from the fork so removing one of the cones is impossible.

    I have not examined the BB but it spins freely so I think it might just need oil. Probably not worth dismantling.

    Other than tires seems to have original parts.

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    I am trying to oil the chain without breaking it. I am having trouble raising the seat tube, soft Aluminum is easily dented by tools.

    Any thoughts on price/value? From ebay.co.uk $40.
    Last edited by geo8rge; 09-24-07 at 06:48 PM.
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    Not an expert but I would have picked it up for 40$ American. I have a 1950 rudge. 1 owner a little old lady that only rode it to church. Does the front hub have the dynamo?
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    No dynamo, the front hub does have an oil port.
    2000 Montague CX, I do not recommend it, but still ride it.
    Strida 3, I recommend it for rides < 10mi wo steep hills.
    2006 Rowbike 720 Sport, I recommend it as an exercise bike.
    1996 Birdy, Recommend.
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    you wonna buy a dynamo hud, only rode to church by a little old lady?
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    Just out of curiosity, are the fasteners built to the Whitworth standard? I have some old Whitworth wrenches, and moved them to their own box, because I was always trying to use 'em on SAE fasteners...

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    "are the fasteners built to the Whitworth standard? "

    WHich fasteners? I found the stuff I dealt with were metric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geo8rge View Post
    "are the fasteners built to the Whitworth standard? "

    WHich fasteners? I found the stuff I dealt with were metric.
    I will bet they are Whitworth given the age of the bike...just like the British cars of the period. Quite often metric wrenches will fit better than inch measure.

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    I saw a metal sign at Chili's advertising a Rudge-Whitworth (England's finest cycle). I have had a few Rudges...I was just wondering if this is the same Whitworth...

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    It is.

    Quote Originally Posted by luker View Post
    I saw a metal sign at Chili's advertising a Rudge-Whitworth (England's finest cycle). I have had a few Rudges...I was just wondering if this is the same Whitworth...
    It is the same Whitworth. I found some info somewhere and then lost it. Doh! Most of the time the Whitworth is left off and it is just called a Rudge.
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