Another vintage bike on Kijiji Toronto. A vintage HerculesTourist. The seller doesn’t state the year but I would think from the 50’s..
or $621.75 CDN.
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.