There’s a good article here on refurbishing a 1950 Raleigh Sports Tourist.
Again, using the inflation calculator, the British price of 6 pounds and 11 shillings for the 3 speed model converts to $587.00 today. So even back in 1938 buying a bicycle was a considerable investment.
Note that someone has written the price of $74.95 on the page, under the Superbe. A quick check of the inflation calculator reveals that this same purchase would cost $590.00 in 2013. I don’t think that you could find anything comparable today for that amount, taking into account the bike came with a leather saddle, a pump, a rack, a Dynohub generator and front and rear lights.
Another 3 speed currently available on Craig’s List @ $250.00. Located in Parkdale, Toronto.
This one is currently for sale in Parkdale, Toronto.
Here’s a link to the ad on Craig’s List
All in all a very nice bike with all the accessories.
Mid to late sixties, senior public and early high school in Richmond Hill – the gold Supercycle racer was definitely the bike to have. I remember a leather seat and steel rat-trap pedals – and of course the coolest guys removed the fenders. Several of my friends had gold racers.
I never managed to own one but modified my Raleigh 3 speed roadster by flipping and reversing the North Road bars and adding my own leather saddles and steel pedals – very hip. We rode those 3 speeds everywhere – the “Hill” in those days was pretty rural – loads of dirt roads and farmers tracks to explore.
I’ve been keeping my eyes open for one of these I don’t think they were all that common – nice find. I did though manage to dig up a 1965 Raleigh roadster – blue and pretty complete , awaiting restoration.
I’m sure I found this add on Kijiji Toronto. The bike is not mine.
I remember the late sixties as well and it seems to me that we all started to think of the 3 speeds as a “kid’s” bike since the older teenagers were all getting 10 speeds, a grown up bike.
I still prefer the simplicity of design and function of the internal hub and find no need for all those extra gears.
Currently offered on Kijiji Toronto, a clean Canadian built Raleigh Sports.
If you’re planning to attend this year’s Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show there’s only one week left to get your bikes spiffed up for display!
We had a terrific turn out last year and will see even more rare and stylish rides this year.
Here’s a couple of links to photos from last year.
Edward in Toronto took some great photos as well.
Come on down!!