1937 Rudge-Whitworth Roadster Model No 78

Rudge-Whitworth was one of the world’s top bicycle manufacturers over many decades. With the introduction of lightweight bicycles, the style of their 1930s Roadsters was already outdated by the 1930s. However, Rudge-Whitworth had pioneered lightweight bicycle design in the early years of the twentieth century and, even with all-weather mudguards and oil-bath chaincase, as fitted to this model, their roadsters were not heavy. So this 1910s style of roadster continued to be a popular model with the public at home and abroad throughout the 1930s.

The difference between this top-of-the-range ‘Model 78’ Roadster and the other two similar roadsters that they offered for sale in 1937 is that the ‘Model 78’ is fitted with a Brooks ‘Soft Top’ saddle rather than a leather saddle, and also has an option for the Rudge-Whitworth patent ‘coupled brakes.’ This arrangement allowed both front and rear brake to be applied when either lever was squeezed. Observe, in the photo above, holes in each of the brake fittings at the centre of the handlebar: when a bolt was fitted between them the coupled brake was enabled. Not everyone liked using coupled brakes, so often, as in this case, the bolt was removed.

 1937 Rudge-Whitworth Roadster Model No 78

Sturmey-Archer ‘Model K’ Three Speed Gear

Rudge-Whitworth Patent Proportional Couple Brake System

Rudge-Whitworth Patent ‘All-Rubber’ Pedals

All-Weather Mudguards

Brooks Top Quality ‘Soft Top’ Saddle

24″ Frame

28″ Wheels

Frame No A451124

(Now sold)

This 1937 Rudge-Whitworth Roadster is resplendent in tis original black enamel with bronze lines, and all transfers (decals) well-preserved, including the famous logo ‘By Appointment to His Majesty the King.’

 

 

 

 

 

RUDGE-WHITWORTH PATENT PROPORTIONAL COUPLED BRAKES

1937 Rudge-Whitworth Roadster 41 copy

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Above you can see the bolt between the two fittings that enables the coupled brakes. I could fit a similar bolt to this machine.

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1937 RUDGE-WHITWORTH CATALOGUE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1937 RUDGE-WHITWORTH CATALOGUE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1937 RUDGE-WHITWORTH CATALOGUE