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Another Tourist

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Picked this one up today from my friend Brian in Peterborough. He was coming into the city so we met up. Complete bike minus the pump, a little rough but functions well. This will form part of the fleet I’m assembling for a new TV show. This is number 3 so far.

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The Hub Hub

Four complete 3 Speed hubs waiting for frames..
from front to back:
1961
1963
1969
1971

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The two donor hubs on the ground
1962- does not spin freely
1969 -has an odd sized French rim.

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My Dad Bought Me a Bike

Back in 1965 or so, my Dad bought me a bike. It was probably a Supercycle bought at the old Canadian Tire on Dundas. It looked something like this one.

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Single speed with a coaster brake.

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Even at $40.00 (1967 price), using the inflation calculator, it would equal about $320.00 today or close to half a week’s pay….

I liked my bike very much but by 1967 I really wanted one of these.

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My dad and I went back to Canadian Tire, not to buy a new bike but to buy the accessories to convert my bike.

He repainted the frame in a nice sparkle finish green, added the ape hanger bars, new sparkle grips, a banana seat, sissy bar and perhaps monkey fenders.

The re styled bike was promptly stolen by some kid at school. We never locked our bikes back then. Somehow my Dad tracked it down and we went to this kid’s house to retrieve it. I’m not sure how my Dad found it or what happened to this bike afterwards, but I obviously out grew it and moved on to a bigger 10 speed.

Thanks Dad.

If anyone else would like to contribute a story on this theme please comment and I will post.

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A Tale of Two Supercycles

Here’s a 1967 3 speed Raleigh built Supercycle in racing trim. Supercycles were made by Raleigh for Canadian Tire stores here in Canada and sold very well. I’m sure my first real bike was a Supercycle (single speed). I wonder if the gold colour was a custom mix for these bikes. Currently listed on Kijiji, Toronto @ $300.00.

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Closer examination of the headbadge reveals it does not say made in England, so it may, in fact be a Canadian made Supercycle…. However it does have cottered cranks.

The bike below is also listed on Kijiji, Toronto. However, it looks to me as if the front forks are bent. Listed @ $240.00

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Saddle Bags!

Picked these up yesterday from a local flea market.Real leather and in almost new condition. They were made for a small horse or pony but will adapt well to a bicycle.

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Rare Raleigh 5 Speed Sprite

Here’s a nice bike that I may have posted before. A late 60’s Raleigh 5 speed Sprite.

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This one has the rare dual throttle shifters and appears to be in very nice shape.

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Located in Niagara Falls, Canada. The seller is asking $415.00.

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Raleigh Tourists Wanted!

I’m working on a television show that takes place in the 1920’s and am looking to purchase some local (Toronto area) Raleigh DL-1 Tourists as props.

Looking for complete bikes, men’s or ladies and would pay a reasonable price.

We picked up a nice ladies Tourist this morning for $250.00.

The one pictured was $150.00 but has had the rod and lever brake system removed and the rear hub has been replaced with a coaster brake.

My plan is to remover the triggers and replace the rear cogs.

Tires and brake pads will be replaced as well.

I’ve also bought a couple of old CCM coasters as well.

If anyone has anything please let me know.

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Raleigh Sports

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Here’s an early 70’s Raleigh Sports currently offered for sale on Kijiji, Toronto.

It appears to have had the bottom bracket replaced.

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1972 Raleigh Sports Update

All in all a very quick and easy turnaround on this one.

I think my camera’s on a strange setting….

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Luckily, the bike was very complete and original to start with.

Costs:

-Bike purchase @ $150.00

-New Tires @ $32.00

-New tubes @ $10.00

-New Cables @ $4.00

-New cotters and brake pads @ $16.00

-New ferrels and cable ends @ $2.00

-Supplies @ $5.00

TOTAL: $219.00

This number does not reflect any labour.

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From stock I pulled some period pedals, a couple of cable guides and an old Wrights saddle.

I re used the original ribbed cable housings as well as the 3 speed cable.

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Still to finish:

-Attach rat trap

-Attach kick stand

-Perhaps attach lock

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1972 Raleigh Sports Progress

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Progress has been made. Once again those cotter pins have proved to be difficult.

The drive side popped out with a couple of stern whacks of the hammer, the other side wouldn’t budge. I ended up drilling it out with no damage to the crank or spindle.

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Judging by the grease inside the BB, this bike hasn’t been ridden in years. The cups look good so if the weather here in Toronto clears up it should be back on the road next weekend.

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Front and back hubs cleaned and re packed with new tires courtesy of George at Parkdale Bicycles at 1428 Queen Street West.

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Re assembly has started. I will replace the pedals with either some new MKS pedals or some old Raleigh pedals from the spares bin.

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Starting to look like a bicycle.

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Raleigh Built Eaton’s Glider

Another Kijiji listing.

An early 70’s Eaton’s Glider 3 speed offered at $150.00 including delivery.

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The Eaton Family mausoleum in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

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3 Speed CCM

Jamie T. writes:

I bought this to give to street person, it looks all right now after cleaning for 3 hours.
light works, 1&3 speeds work watching youtube to figure out how to get second gear.
It rides nice
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To Jamie,
It’s a matter of adjusting the indicator chain with the trigger in second gear.
Rule of thumb is that the body of the spindle should just be poking out in second.
The trouble is that indicator chains may have been swapped out over the years, some were longer than others. Once locked in position it should run fine. If you’ve added a new shifter cable it may stretch requiring periodic tweaking.
Nice of you to help a street person with a bike.
The illustration below shows the indicator chain in the second position.
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The shoulder of the chain (#1) is flush with the end of the axle. I set mine with a tiny bit more poking out. Fine adjustment with #3 and lock with #2.
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1972 Raleigh Sports Progress

I spent the afternoon yesterday stripping the bike and making a plan.

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Hubs and rims cleaned up quite well.

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Fenders are in good shape as well.

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It came with this period wheel lock that I don’t think will be put back on.

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Sadly, the cotter pins are frozen solid. I may need to visit George at Parts Unknown to use his press.

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More Junk! 1972 Raleigh Sports

Picked this up today. It actually looks much better in the photos than in person, but it wasn’t expensive and quite complete.

The Good:

-Complete bike

-Paint is good and will clean up

-Tall frame

-Original ribbed cables (all work well

-Plastic trigger face not cracked

-Period saddle bag attached

-Chain OK

-Brooks vinyl saddle OK

-Interesting period wheel lock

The Bad:

-Tires

-Brake pads

-Incorrect pedals

-Rims have surface rust but may polish out

-Rear hub is missing the oil port (Bolt in it’s place)

My plan is to strip the bike and re-assemble. More than likely I’ll pass it on to someone at cost (Bike + parts). Someone contacted me last week looking for a bike so it may go to him. He’s a little put off by the colour, but I like it.

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The $49.00 Bike

This Raleigh 3 speed is currently for sale in Hamilton Ontario for a staggering $49.00!

Granted, it will need work but still a good basis for a spring project.

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What is a Scorcher?

What is a Scorcher (of the 1890s)?
The question came up on another blog as to “what is a scorcher?” in reference to an 1896 pledge by a cyclist not to be one. A cyclist who was a scorcher was commonly understood to ride aggressively at high speeds outside of controlled races risking crashes with other riders, pedestrians, and others. The scorcher was also commonly criticized for his (or her) less than upright seat on the bicycle. (This posture, however, was perfectly OK during a race . . . ) Since the bicycles of the day either had no brakes at all or generally poor ones compared to what we are used to today, the potential for mayhem was that much greater.

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My Bitsa Scorcher

My Bitsa Scorcher.
The Black Bomber
-Raleigh 10 speed frame (free)
-Swapped out Raleigh 3 speed bottom bracket
-Painted flat black
-Rear hub is a Bayliss Wiley single speed coaster brake laced to a 28″ British Westrick rim
-Front wheel is a 28″ Canadian rim (different tire size)
-Inverted bars with a scavenged Raleigh front caliper brake for saftey
-Saddle is a leather Wrights
-new chain and tires
Good info on Bayliss Wiley:
http://www.ebykr.com/2007/11/03/bayl…tent-presence/

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Modified 3 Speed New Hudson

This bike has been kicking around for a few years. It was originally for sale at a bike Co-op in Hamilton Ontario. It’s for sale again. A 1950’s New Hudson 3 speed with modern drum brakes/hub, a modern bottom bracket, new rims and handle bars.

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Summer Friends

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1958 Raleigh Superbe

For sale on Kijiji, Toronto, a 1958 Raleigh Superbe with an asking price of $350.00. I think that number is optimistic considering how much work would be needed to restore.

On the plus side, the paint looks quite good.

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Raleigh Tourist

Another Toronto Kijiji listing. A good example of a mid 70’s 3 speed Raleigh Tourist. Seller is asking $375.00.

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Yet Another Raleigh Superbe

Here’s a good looking Superbe for sale on Kijiji Toronto.

When looking for a vintage 3 speed, originality is always a factor in the purchase.

This one has some good and bad features. The mini fenders or “fenderettes” are  not original but a nice period accessory, The cable clips appear original and are much better than the cable ties you often see. The saddle does not look like a Brooks.

A Superbe with a key is always a good sign.

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East Coast Time Capsule

A current ad on Kijiji from New Brunswick:

Provided by Chris S.

“I bought these from the original owners who were moving. These two bikes were purchased new in 1973 at Canadian tire in Fredericton. Made by Raleigh and badged Supercycle. The woman’s bike was used for a short time to commute, while the men’s bike was not ridden more than a handful of times. The original tires show very little wear on the women’s bike, and none at all on the men’s bike, which still has the casting flash on the center rib.

They were both hung up in the garage in the late 1970’s, and there they remained until recently. Original everything. Tires, seats cables, grips, all original and complete. The woman’s bike has a slow leak in the front tire, but it stayed up long enough for a test ride in my driveway. Both bikes are fully functional. The shifter and brakes work as they did when they were put into storage. I did some superficial cleaning but not very much.
Perfect for a collector, or perhaps to complement a car show display for a car of this age. I live in Woodstock, but do get to Fredericton, so delivery is possible. Asking $250 or nearest offer.”

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1963 Western Tire 3 Speed

Listed as a CCM built bike, the crank and chrome fender cap look English to me.

The chain guard appears to be Canadian.

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1972 Raleigh Built Glider 3 Speed

Another Kijiji Toronto listing.

A 1972 Eaton’s Glider. This one appears to be quite original and clean with an asking price of $200.00.

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View the listing here.

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Flying Pigeon Flies Again

Regular reader and contributor, Diarmuind writes:
I’ve a few picture here that might be of interest to your readers. My Flying Pigeon that I brought in from Spain for  300 euro a year ago.
I bought this because of its rarity in Ireland and its unusual double crossbar. All it lacks is history.
I’ve a lot of spare parts that I’ve collected over the years, like the rear Sturmey Archer coaster brake, cable and 1976 SA 3 speed trigger.So I decided to up grade it from single to 3 speed.
They’re not as pleasant to ride,  but it’s a cheap way to convert to 3 speed if you have the parts laying around. There is a good bit of work to do this ..to align the chain wheel with the rear sprocket takes time to figure out how much of a spacer is needed on the left hand side of the bike.So the the chain moves freely in the chain case without rubbing.
Flying pigeons will be valued one day.
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Certainly an interesting project. The Flying Pigeon was based on the Raleigh DL-1 and despite being a very attractive bike is not that practical due to excessive weight. They’re fine on a level path but hills are a problem. Adding a Sturmey Archer hub would be a definite improvement.
They’re difficult to date as the older ones don’t have serial numbers.
Please keep Three Speed Mania posted with your progress.
Thanks for the contribution and remember that Three Speed Mania welcomes contributions from readers.
They keep the site current and interesting.
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Swiss 3 Speeds from Italy

Bruno, from Italy, has sent some photos of his various projects. Although they’re not English (my preference) they are Sturmey Archer equipped 3 speeds.

He writes:

Hello again Greg,

It’s Sunday … I attach here a few pictures of some bicycles that I recently bought on line and restored, all Swiss, same bike even though the factory logos are different, wheels 28, same women’s frame, many aluminum parts (brake levers, chain guard, rear rack), all with the sensational “Sturmey Archer” three-speed transmission; I did a soft restoration (total cleaning, vintage new saddles, grips, complete wiring, tail lights);

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I still miss and am looking for some more aluminium chain guards (pictures attached), if you have any info about them please, let me know.

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ciao

Bruno
(+39) 368 3438010

 

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Early 60’s Raleigh Superbe

An early 60’s Superbe for sale in the Ottawa region. Another nice bike with some period features and a good deal at $95.00.

it has an extended stem and the pump is attached.

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Here’s the link.

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NOS British Rear Reflectors

Another Kijiji ad, this one from Guelph, Ontario.

NOS reflectors @ $12.00 each or $9.00 each if you order 3.

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Here’s the link.

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Good Deal on a Raleigh 3 Speed Sports

Located on Goderich, Ontario and listed at $50.00. An early 70’s Raleigh Sports with a 23″ frame. Seller says the hub doesn’t shift but I think that would be an easy fix.

It has the self adjusting brakes, so I would say it was a 1973 model.

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