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Old 03-13-20, 07:39 AM
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1972 Rudge 3 Speed

I inherited this black beauty when my uncle passed around fifteen years back. Well kept and a great looker. I replaced the saddle due to the original being dry rotted. The tires were also rotted and I went with white walls. Added a Brooks under saddle bag which is currently on my work bench with the original tire pump. Changed the gear hub oil and ride on sunny days off. Sturmy Archer hub #7 is lightly stamped but after closer inspection it's a '72. I'm thinking about selling and would love your reaction on pricing. Enjoy some UK 3 speed bike porn on your Friday the 13th!​​​​​​​







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Old 03-13-20, 10:12 AM
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Beautiful bike.

3 speeds are a bit of a tough sell in Iowa so it may take a while before you find the right buyer. There is (or was) a seller in Des Moines who used to fix up 3 speeds to sell. The bikes he sold were beautiful and he put a lot of work into them. I don't remember what he asked but I think he was getting $100-$125 per bike.

I think you can sell this bike for $150-$200 locally but it might take a while. The bike could command more from the right buyer so you could start higher and adjust the price as needed.

I think Rudge is one of the more desirable 3 speeds. I picked up this Robin Hood locally; it is absolutely pristine and it was on the low end of what I suggested:

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Boy, if it had this chainwheel....

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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
Beautiful bike.

3 speeds are a bit of a tough sell in Iowa so it may take a while before you find the right buyer. There is (or was) a seller in Des Moines who used to fix up 3 speeds to sell. The bikes he sold were beautiful and he put a lot of work into them. I don't remember what he asked but I think he was getting $100-$125 per bike.

I think you can sell this bike for $150-$200 locally but it might take a while. The bike could command more from the right buyer so you could start higher and adjust the price as needed.

I think Rudge is one of the more desirable 3 speeds. I picked up this Robin Hood locally; it is absolutely pristine and it was on the low end of what I suggested:

Thanks for the response. I would hope I could get more $ but if that is a true range I will probably keep the Trusty Steed. Nice Hood!
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Nice chain wheel! That would look on my garage wall as well.
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I wouldn't sell. It's a beautiful bike with a story. Iowa is a great place to buy bikes; not so great for selling them. If you have a higher price, just put on CL and facebook. Someone might pay it. There is no real market value to a pristine bike like that from '72 since there are so few of them out there.
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Old 03-13-20, 06:41 PM
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Now that I have cleaned her up again it would be hard for me to part ways.
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Nice town cruiser. Keep it and maybe pass it along some day in the future. Who knows, someday these bikes will get more appreciation.
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I appreciate everyone's input. Looks like I'll keep her and enjoy! Thanks!
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I would say keep it also. While great basic bikes English 3 speeds don't get a lot in moost markets $200 is about top of the market right now. There are actually a lot of them around in great condition and the market is somewhat limited. In most major markets you can find several nice examples on CL in the $200-400 range that just aren't selling
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