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.
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.
I gave this bike a little makeover this weekend with the intention to sell it. It’s time to purge a few of the non English bikes.
This is a 1953 Humphrey, a CCM subsidiary that was built in a factory on Bulwer Street here in Toronto. Bulwer is really a lane that runs from Spadina to Soho just north of Queen.
It has a composite Wrights saddle and some vintage Super Jet grips.