I’m in the process of converting it to a three speed path racer and will post more photos as the work progresses.
Canadian winters can be very tough on bikes left outside.
A CCM Imperial Mark IV
Another CCM Galaxie single speed.
And another CCM Galaxie 3 speed.
From down under, Brad Calvert writes:
This one is from about 1963, this too I replaced the 20 tooth sprocket
with a brand new 22, the wheel was more centred and it seemed better
to ride. The old 20 went on to the smaller bike.
The dynohub works. I believe one tyre is probably the original, it has
a red pin stripe. One rim was made in Japan, the other in England,
making me think the dynohub was an optional extra, the wheel assembled
in Australia. I have since replaced the tyres, but have kept the old
The seat was plastic/vinyl, falling apart, a shoe repair place made
new top for it. It did have a rear panel originally, the back was not
exposed the way it is now.
Brad, the owner writes:
I replaced the original 18 tooth sprocket with a 20 tooth, that
dragged the wheel forward 1/2″, it it more centred now which makes me
think that is what it was meant to have in the first place, it is
better to ride also.
I soaked it in bucket of water for a few days, then bent it into
shape, wrapped a rope around it to hold it in shape and allowed it to
dry. Then rubbed in plenty of Dubbin, a leather product. Two kids, 9
and 11 have used it and say it is comfortable.
The brake levers seem to be child size.
Below, a sample of the Raleigh boy’s Space Riders.