Vintage 3 Speed Bicycles

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SuperCycle 3 Speed

A viewer from Lakefield sent me some photos and a request to date her Canadian built Supercycle 3 speed. She writes:

I bought two matching bicycles, Supercycle, and was wondering if you might know where I could find info re: age, etc. I do have the serial numbers (E followed by six numbers). I’ve attached some pictures. I’m going away for a  few weeks so if you do happen to have information on these bikes I would appreciate it. Thanks!
Anita, Lakefield ON

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe bike is identical to one that I pulled out of the trash a few years ago.

I quite like the green/chartreuse colour but I swapped the Shimano 333 hub and shifter for a Sturmey Archer system.

p1050588My bike with a CCM chain ring. This colour was quite popular and I’ve seen a few versions of this same frame.

It’s a two colour application with a silver base and then the green on top.

A nice 10 speed below.

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CCM supplied bikes to Canadian Tire that were re branded as Supercycles. Other suppliers include Raleigh and Bridgestone.

The bikes were often assembled from old stock.

Vintage CCM provides the chart below.

ccmcodes_2This would date your bike frame as being built in 1973 and possibly being sold in 1974 or 1975 (my guess).

Unlike Sturmey Archer, Shimano didn’t stamp a date on their hubs.

This want ad popped up on Kijiji today.

Ray writes:

“I saw this bike on the street in very good condition and was wondering how
many of these are sitting in the basements or garages of houses in Toronto.

It is a 10 speed with a seat called Speedic.

I think I paid $60 for it back in the mid-seventies…at Canadian Tire you
can buy a new 18 speed mountain bike for $99, today…go figure. “

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A well preserved Speedic sadldle,  a Brooks knock off made in Japan.

Ray writes:

“They are “sharp/detail/colour accurate” pics and with the bike being in such good condition (especially the
seat) it just brought back a great memory of a 13 year old purchasing a bike
that was far too big. I rode it, re-painted it (red) and had it stolen one day after
school while I was taking driving lessons offered by the school.”

Same colour but made in Japan.

Here’s another one for sale in Kingston Ontario.

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Rat Rod Build Off!

My neighbour, Dan, came by yesterday with a bike that he’s built to enter in the Rat Rod build Off Competetion.

This one has a 7 speed Nexus hub.

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Rudge DL-1, Britain’s Best Bicycle!

Unusual and eclectic export model made for the Caribbean/ South/Central American market, 7 years after Raleigh dropped the Rudge name in the US and UK markets.

I’d like to find one of these.

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Bike Show Update

I did manage to sell a bike at the show. This 1953 Humphrey (CCM) found a good home and on the plus side, I didn’t buy a bike!

P1120079I did buy a vintage saddlebag for old faithful, my mid 70’s Canadian built Superbe.

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2014 Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show

Thank you to everyone that attended and participated. This years’ show was even better than last years.

A few photos.

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Photos by Kyle Schruder

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Raleigh Superbe 3 Speed

Another tall Superbe that may be for sale tomorrow at the Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show.

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1965 CCM Imperial 700 3 Speed

This bike was purchased at the Toronto Vintage Bike Show last year. The owner is a young Actor friend who wishes to remain anonymous (for obvious reasons). He used it in a short film and literally beat the hell out of it.

It was given a quick fix and is ready to ride again.

Note the period correct sparkle hand grips.

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NOS 1962 Automoto

Another possible bike at the show is this NOS 1962 Automoto. Atomoto was a French manufacturer that was purchased by Peugeot in 1959.

UPDATE! this bike also found a new home at the bike show last week!

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1949 Raleigh Dawn Tourist

This 1949 Raleigh Dawn Tourist may very well be at the Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show this Sunday.

Asking price, a reasonable $400.00

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Old Bicycle Shop on King Street

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There was a famous Toronto cyclist named Rob McLeod.

mcleodAt the 1933 Canadian Cycling Championships Bob McLeod won all three official races (half-mile, mile and two-mile) and George Crompton finished second in the two-mile race. In June 1934 Crompton, McLean and McLeod finished second, third and fourth in a championship race at the Canadian National Exhibition track.

McLeod represented Canada at the 1934 British Empire Games (Commonwealth Games). He surprised the world by beating a very strong field to win the premier cycling event of the games – the 10-mile race. In addition McLeod came second in the time trial.

When he returned home McLeod  received a hero’s welcome. He was carried up Bay St. in flag draped chair by a large group of Toronto messengers (including Crompton and McLean) to the CNT messenger office.

All three CNT messengers continued to race each other in 1934 while trading victories at various distances. Crompton and McLeod would be crowned Canadian champions in 1936 and they would go on to represent Canada at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

The store carried Meteor and Falcon bicycles.

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Another Bike From the Trash

A neighbour was throwing this out yesterday so I grabbed  it for a quick makeover.

I have a few students in need of transportation. It’s a Eaton’s Competition, Japanese parts, assembled in Canada by Beekay. Probably from the late 70’s early 80’s.

It appeared a quick fix/ cleanup. I switched the bars for some inverted North Road bars but discovered a broken bearing in the bottom bracket which I’ll try to replace today (Sunday).

Urbane Cycles on John is open at noon and should have the bearings and a couple of new crank pins as well.

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The rear derailleur is a Shimano Eagle. Disreali Gears dates it form 1974, so this could be the actual date of the bike.

P1120812 IMGP7245 (2)-filteredThe bike also has French made MAFAC Racer brakes (1952-1974). The rear brake was badly seized so it’s been replaced (for now) with a Raleigh brake.

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Vintage Road Master

My neighbour, Dan collects and sells rat bikes from the 40’s and 50’s. This is his Road Master.

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Made by the Chain Bike Corp. they eventually changed their name to Ross.

Here’s a Ross that showed up today on Kijiji.

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Ladies Raliegh 3 Speed with Rod Brakes

Not sure what this model is ( looks like a Superbe) but a very cool bike at a reasonable price. It has a rear Dynohub as well. Listed on Kijiji Toronto @ $ 270.00.

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3 Speed Supercycle

A clean and original 3 speed Supercycle, circa 1965. Note the period correct cable braids.

Currently listed on Kijiji Toronto @ $175.00

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J.C. Higgins 3 Speed

A British built 3 speed for the  for Sears, A  J.C. Higgins  from the early to mid 1960’s. Note the nicely broken in leather saddle. Listed for $175.00 on Kijiji Toronto.

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CCM Galaxie 3 Speed

Another Kijiji listing @ 175.00. Very clean and original.

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Hiawatha 3 Speed

I’ve never heard of this brand…

$_2220 33 2453Here’s what Dave’s Vintage Bicycles has to say about the Hiawatha brand:

“Hiawatha brand bicycles were sold by Gambles Hardware stores from the 1930′s through the 1970′s. Most Hiawatha bicycles were manufactured by the Cleveland Welding Company or the Shelby Cycle Company, however some were made by Murray Ohio and Huffman Manufacturing. The most sought after Hiawatha bicycle is the late 1930′s Arrow model, built by Shelby. It featured extreme styling and was similar to the Shelby Airflow model.”

Below is the 1938 Arrow model.

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New Home for an Old Friend

This Supercycle 3 speed, pulled from the trash 3 years ago, has found a new owner in Hamilton and is currently getting a make over. Photos to follow soon.

Coming soon, the Third Annual Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show!

Sunday July 27th at Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto.

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Vintage Bikes For Sale

There’s a guy in my neighbourhood (Parkdale) that always has a few vintage bikes for sale. I bought my first Raleigh 3 speed from him a few years ago and he delivered it to my house.

He locks them up at the north end of Sorauren Park or sometimes on Roncesvalles.

Here’s his latest offering. A tall Raleigh Sports 3 Speed.

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Vintage CCM

This one was spotted yesterday at the Liquor Store.

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