Notices
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals. Use this subforum for all requests as to "How much is this vintage bike worth?"Do NOT try to sell it in here, use the Marketplaces.

1954 Rudge Whitworth Sports 3 Speed

Old 11-08-15, 11:37 AM
  #1  
Midtown 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Midtown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Twin Towns
Posts: 176
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
1954 Rudge Whitworth Sports 3 Speed

I have a buddy looking for a vintage three speed.
Who, like me, knows little about them.
Is this a decent one and is the price fair?
Thank you.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/h...291739487.html

Very good condition 1954 Rudge Whitworth Sports 3 Speed English Bicycle. The bike has Sturmey Archer Dyno Hub with lights, fully enclosed chain guard and very nice Brooks B66 leather saddle/seat. As found at estate sale so probably needs clean and tune and chain guard needs to be installed. Price reduced to $400. Reasonable offers (no trades) considered.
Midtown is offline  
Old 11-08-15, 01:13 PM
  #2  
dweenk 
Senior Member
 
dweenk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Maryland
Posts: 3,593

Bikes: 1972 Fuji S-10-S,1970 Raleigh Sports, and more

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 753 Post(s)
Liked 144 Times in 105 Posts
In my area that would bring $200 to $250 on a good day. I picked up a Raleigh DL-1 for $100 in great condition. I'm sure that you are in a hotter market.
dweenk is offline  
Old 11-08-15, 01:29 PM
  #3  
oddjob2
Still learning
 
oddjob2's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: North of Canada, Adirondacks
Posts: 11,614

Bikes: Still a garage full

Mentioned: 91 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 842 Post(s)
Liked 50 Times in 31 Posts
Unless your buddy's name is Whitworth, Rudge, or was born in 1954, keep looking. More like a $75-$150 bike IMHO.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/h...230859132.html

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/h...283008214.html
oddjob2 is offline  
Old 11-08-15, 02:31 PM
  #4  
zukahn1 
Senior Member
 
zukahn1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Fairplay Co
Posts: 8,025

Bikes: Current 79 Nishiki Custum Sport, Jeunet 620, notable previous bikes P.K. Ripper loop tail, Kawahara Laser Lite, Paramount Track full chrome, Raliegh Internatioanl, Motobecan Super Mirage. 59 Crown royak 3 speed

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 444 Post(s)
Liked 229 Times in 147 Posts
Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
Unless your buddy's name is Whitworth, Rudge, or was born in 1954, keep looking. More like a $75-$150 bike IMHO.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/h...230859132.html

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/h...283008214.html
t
+1 The Rudge is just another English three speed even giving a premium for the brooks saddle and working dyno hub/light it is really only $150-200 bike at best. Also looks to need a complete overhaul and new consumables tires brake pads cables so figure $100-150 on top of the asking price.
zukahn1 is offline  
Old 11-08-15, 02:52 PM
  #5  
dweenk 
Senior Member
 
dweenk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Maryland
Posts: 3,593

Bikes: 1972 Fuji S-10-S,1970 Raleigh Sports, and more

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 753 Post(s)
Liked 144 Times in 105 Posts
The last bike that Oddjob mentioned looks like a great deal.
dweenk is offline  
Old 11-09-15, 08:52 PM
  #6  
Midtown 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Midtown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Twin Towns
Posts: 176
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
Unless your buddy's name is Whitworth, Rudge, or was born in 1954, keep looking. More like a $75-$150 bike IMHO.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/h...230859132.html

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/h...283008214.html
thanks everyone. oddjob that second one does look nice
. Can you tell me anything about it?
thank you.
Midtown is offline  
Old 11-09-15, 09:00 PM
  #7  
oddjob2
Still learning
 
oddjob2's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: North of Canada, Adirondacks
Posts: 11,614

Bikes: Still a garage full

Mentioned: 91 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 842 Post(s)
Liked 50 Times in 31 Posts
They don't change much from year to year, until they moved production to Asia, not the case until the 1980s.
Appears to be a 23" frame, for riders taller than 5'9".
Price is right.
oddjob2 is offline  
Old 11-09-15, 09:23 PM
  #8  
sail
Senior Member
 
sail's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: iOWA
Posts: 387

Bikes: Yep

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 50 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 7 Posts
The 23" looks to be in good shape. The majority I've seen are smaller like the green sports looks to be. I'd buy it and hide it from your buddy.
sail is offline  
Old 11-11-15, 09:20 AM
  #9  
rhm
multimodal commuter
 
rhm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: NJ, NYC, LI
Posts: 19,584

Bikes: 1940s Fothergill, 1959 Allegro Special, 1963? Claud Butler Olympic Sprint, Lambert 'Clubman', 1974 Fuji "the Ace", 1976 Holdsworth 650b conversion rando bike, 1983 Trek 720 tourer, 1984 Counterpoint Opus II, 1993 Basso Gap, 2010 Downtube 8h, and...

Mentioned: 516 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1767 Post(s)
Liked 266 Times in 179 Posts
I think the 1954 Rudge is distinctly nicer than the 1972 Raleigh, and definitely worth more. But of course it's up to the buyer whether the extra features justify the higher price. I would rather pay $300 for the Rudge than $125 for the Raleigh; but perhaps that's just me. Given the condition of the headlight and taillight (both hard to find in this condition) I'd go $350.

The nice features of the 1954 are:
Good Brooks leather saddle;
Dynohub and lights. The hub can power modern LED lights very nicely; it is also possible to put LED's in the existing lamps.
Full chain case, which is nice for commuting in business clothes (but it's heavy).
Original pump? Very cool. I wouldn't rely on it for commuting, but it's still very cool.

I also think the Rudge chainring and fork crown make it a much cooler bike. But this is clearly just a matter of taste.

I would point out that the Rudge stem is on backwards, and the handlebar upside down. I would definitely fix the former, probably also the latter.

Were I buying it, I would make 100% sure the chain case is complete. A random small part missing from the chain case could set you back $50 if you resort to ebay.
__________________
www.rhmsaddles.com.
rhm is offline  
Old 11-11-15, 11:40 AM
  #10  
lostarchitect 
incazzare.
 
lostarchitect's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 6,951

Bikes: See sig

Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 40 Post(s)
Liked 29 Times in 20 Posts
I agree with RHM, the bike is nicer than most and is worth $300+ if it's the kind of thing you're looking for. If I could get a bike like that for the $75 quoted above, it would be a total steal. I kind of dig the upside down handlbars, makes it more sporty looking.
__________________
1964 JRJ (Bob Jackson), 1973 Wes Mason, 1974 Raleigh Gran Sport, 1986 Schwinn High Sierra, 2000ish Colian (Colin Laing), 2011 Dick Chafe, 2013 Velo Orange Pass Hunter
lostarchitect is offline  
Old 11-11-15, 07:40 PM
  #11  
alexander55
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 157

Bikes: Looking for the next one.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 22 Post(s)
Liked 10 Times in 6 Posts
The Rudge is cool...and is, ln my opinion, a good buy at $200... At $300...not so much unless you really, really love it.
alexander55 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
dweenk
Classic and Vintage Sales
5
03-14-20 10:16 PM
Push
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
6
05-08-13 02:35 PM
HooBikes
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
2
09-19-12 07:50 PM
theramon
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
3
12-28-10 09:52 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.