Vintage 3 Speed Bicycles

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1971Raleigh Colt 3 Speed

Another bike for sale on Kijiji Toronto. A 1971Raleigh Colt 3 Speed with an asking price of $425.00.

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My New Best Friend

I inherited this old oil can from my Wife’s Grandfather and it’s the perfect shape for oiling the rear hub (as well as other parts).



World’s Most Comfortable Saddle!

Space age saddle technology now available to the public!

Spotted on King Street, this appears to be a daily rider.

I suspect that NASA had a hand in the design.

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3 Fall Favourites

Now that fall has arrived here in Canada it’s time to think about putting the bikes away. I’m not an all season rider. These three 3 speeds are my everyday bikes with the Canadian built Superbe seeing the most action. I’ve probably spent the most money on the Superbe over the years from initial purchase @ $160.00 to adding new tires/chain/pedals/pump/brake pads etc.

The vintage saddle bag was $10.00 and the vintage Brooks saddle $80.00.

P1140309From the left: 1964 Glider, 1973 Raleigh Superbe and a 1967 Dunelt.

I like to add some oil to the hub and pump up the tires before they’re retired for the season.

Also I leave the shifter in the 3rd position to take the tension off the indicator chain.

The bikes are hung in the garage and I will occasionally go out and give the back wheel a spin and run through the gears just to circulate the oil.

Also, a little Proofide can be applied to the saddle(s).


trioThe Dunelt has a nice home made leather hub shiner…



1956 Raleigh Sports 3 Speed

Currently offered on Kijiji Toronto @ $500.00.

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1973 Raleigh Superbe

Another recent listing on Kijiji, Toronto. Owner is asking for best offer.

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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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$_20A box of NOS MAFAC brakes that recently showed up on Kijiji Toronto (or Hamilton)

Below is what the bike probably looked like originally.

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Vintage Wrights Saddle

Posted on Kijiji Hamilton this morning.

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Vintage BSA Bicycle

Not a 3 speed but a good looking bike, all the same. Spotted on St. Patrick Street yesterday.

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BSA made guns before they got into bicycles and motorcycles.


1964 Glider 3 Speed

Last post on this one until spring.

I found and old Speedic leather saddle and managed to restore it somewhat with liberal doses of Proofide from Brooks.

A pair of old Raleigh black rubber grips replaced the original red plastic ones.

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NOS 3 Speed Triggers

One Sturmey Archer (with protective cardboard) and one knock off.

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Vintage Whizzers For Sale

Also on Kijiji Toronto a pair of Whizzer motor bikes. $2400 the pair!

Located in Brampton.

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1964 Glider Update

Last Sunday’s shakedown ride proved to be a bit of a disaster.

I had to stop en route to by some wrenches to tighten various bolts (I needed a new set anyway and they were on sale).

Then the NOS brake cables I’d put on started to bind really badly. I think the ferrules were too small and were getting twisted in their housing.

Finally I locked the bike up outside the El Mocambo to see some (work related) wrestling and when I came out some Jackass had locked his bike to mine!!!

I killed some time in Kensington but when I returned it was still locked so I removed the Brooks saddle and the hand pump and took the streetcar home.

In any case, I got the bike back the next day and replaced the brake cables with some refurbished Sturmey Archer originals I had in the garage.

I’m still on the lookout for a mini fender (or fenderette) for the front wheel.

Today’s ride was a success and it’s one of the cleanest shifting hubs I’ve had.

P1140007 P1140008Even though I like the look of the inverted handle bars, I find them uncomfortable.

I’ll probably flip them back to their normal position.


NOS Speedway Headlight Kit

From Gary in Dundas. A Speedway double bulb generator set.

Original price, $3.68 from Western.


1964 Glider Update.

Here are some before photos of the bike that was purchased in Dundas Ontario last week.

I had a very productive day gathering supplies and parts for this current project.

P1130758 P1130761After a thorough cleaning I started to re assemble.

A few new spokes on the back wheel, the bottom bracket got new bearings and was repacked as well as the stem bearings.

I re-used the original tubes but already had some new tires in the shed.

I find that old inner tubes hold the pressure better than modern ones.

P1130764 P1130763 P1130766Mini fender supplied by George (the bike shop at the foot of Fraser).

Also had an old style thumb shifter in the garage.

P1130771 P1130769I also installed a bigger cog on the rear wheel. I’ll try it out and see…

New vintage style pedals from Martin at Hoop Driver Bicycles on College.

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P1130776 P1130782 P1130780I like the old style 3 speed cable system with the carrier wheel at the back. I’m just missing the little hard plastic “stop” that holds the cable housing. I’ve made a temporary one out of a rubber grommet and a brake ferrule but will look for the proper piece today.

Total cost of this project to date:

Bicycle and vintage pump $100

New chain $14.00

New pedals $20.00

Assorted used parts $20.00

Cables/tires/pads and saddle I already had on hand.

Time to put together: Priceless!


1964 Eatons Glider 3 Speed

A picked up another little project this week, a 1964 Eaton’s Glider 3 speed (made by Raleigh).100_1796More to follow as the bike progresses.

P1130741The bike’s been stripped down (the easy part) and I quite like the frame. Time to work on the bottom bracket and start to clean and re assemble.

Vintage Rat Bikes for Sale

My neighbour, Dan, collects and sells 50’s bikes. These are a few from his collection that he is currently selling.

These bikes can be found on Kijiji and Craig’s List Toronto.

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Vintage Cycle-Rite Lighting Kit

NOS Cycle-Rite lighting kit for sale on Kijiji Toronto. Original price sticker at $4.49 from Simpsons.

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Vintage Sunbeam 3 Speed

A blog viewer (Rino) has sent in a short story about his vintage bicycle.

-3The bike was a gift from my brother – as he knew I was looking and looking for an old 3 speed as a go to coffee and grocery store ride.  When I got the bike home I looked her over and got to work. It was a slower process than I wanted but they usually are. So her is what I did:

PAINT: The paint was odd as it looked like a wood table when someone put a cold cup on it – with white fogged spots all over it. I wanted to keep a vintage weathered look so I steel wooled (0000) the paint and then used an automotive clear coat from Duplicolor (best in a can paint I have ever used). The bike came out great keeping the look I wanted.  
WHEELS:  The wheels were pretty thrashed and also mismatched, someone had put a Schwinn rear wheel on her. So after looking and looking I purchase rims from Velo Orange (650b), a totally rebuilt rear SA rear hub (1953). I went vintage Campy on the front hub, could not help that I’m Italian. I purchased the tires also from Velo.
CHROME: All the chrome was rusty, but nothing that hours with steel wool, chrome polish and buffing did not cure.
ACCESSORIES: The Brooks saddle was shot and now is hanging in my office as a wall ornament. But I wanted the bike to make sure that the bike would stand out. So I chose the honey Brooks saddle, hand grips and mud flaps. I was able to find a NOS rear rack which I then put Brooks oiled canvas bags on. Then to top it off I purchase NOS cyclometer, a vintage handle bar flash light and brass bell. I live in SoCal but the vintage bike license is from Hawaii – could not help that one, California had stickers for licenses and the plate is my birth year.
All in all I am really happy with the bike. I am tweaking here and there and a few repairs as just had to rebuild the bottom bracket. But she rides great and I get many compliments on her. I don’t know her age but the closest I found was late 60’s to early 70’s)
Thanks for your site! It is great to see the love and use of these old bikes.
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CCM Rambler 3 Speed

Another 3 speed that popped up on Kijiji Toronto.


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


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.


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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Hope this helps.


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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