1931 Rudge-Whitworth ‘No 37’ All Weather Model

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In 1931, as a response to the world’s economic climate, Rudge-Whitworth dropped their prices. The basic model without three-speed gear was advertised at £5 18/- 6d. By 1933, with consumer confidence restored, the same model had gone up to £8 12/-.

The All Weather Standard Model retailed at £7 10/- and is particularly interesting because of its Rudge-Whitworth patent ‘V section’ mudguards combined with the extra valances that converted it to an ‘all-weather’ style. This was the last year that the company used their V section mudguards.


This example has ‘coupled brakes’, ie when you apply either of the brakes both of them are activated. This unique feature was announced in 1926 and was available as an option on all their bicycles. At first, it cost an extra 10/- but by 1931 it was offered as a free option.

When you applied either brake, they both came on. As the company put it, rather more dramatically:

‘What the Pneumatic Tyre has done for the Comfort of Cyclists, this new system of braking does for their Safety.’



1931 Rudge-Whitworth ‘No 37’ All Weather Model

Sturmey-Archer ‘Model K’ Three Speed Gear 

Coupled brakes

Dunlop saddle

26″ Frame

28″ Wheels

Frame No A177076

This rare Rudge-Whitworth ‘All Weather’ has obviously been well cared for throughout its lifetime – the company’s patent ‘V section’ mudguards are weaker than normal mudguards and if the bike is picked up by its rear mudguard it would bend and break it. This is the first thing i look at when contemplating buying a Rudge-Whitworth.

It was restored and repainted many years ago, and is still in good all round condition. New tyres and tubes were recently fitted and it’s ready to ride.