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.
A blog viewer (Rino) has sent in a short story about his vintage bicycle.
The 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:
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.
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.
Unlike Sturmey Archer, Shimano didn’t stamp a date on their hubs.
This want ad popped up on Kijiji today.
“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. “
A well preserved Speedic sadldle, a Brooks knock off made in Japan.
“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.
Hope this helps.
Thank you to everyone that attended and participated. This years’ show was even better than last years.
A few photos.
Photos by Kyle Schruder
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.
There was a famous Toronto cyclist named Rob McLeod.
At 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.
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.
The rear derailleur is a Shimano Eagle. Disreali Gears dates it form 1974, so this could be the actual date of the bike.
My neighbour, Dan collects and sells rat bikes from the 40’s and 50’s. This is his Road Master.
Made by the Chain Bike Corp. they eventually changed their name to Ross.
Here’s a Ross that showed up today on Kijiji.
I’ve never heard of this brand…
Here’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.
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.