Vintage 3 Speed English Bicycles

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Beatles and Bikes

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I want one.



Jon’s Bikes

Jon A., the owner of the modified DL-1 has sent me some photos of a couple of other bikes in his collection. A very clean and correct 1973 Raleigh DL-1 and a 1970 model.

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He’s also directed me to the Brothers Rich and the modified version of the DL that they make and sell known as the Charleston.


Jon writes:

BrothersRich sells self-branded luxury items, leather goods, etc. The BrothersRich Charleston goes for around $1800 US, not cheap, but it’s essentially a new bike, because Paul Eric Rich hunts down straight DL-1s on their last legs, takes them completely apart, repaints them and puts all new components in them, including modern bottom brackets, headsets and Shimano hubs. His main competition is the Pashley Guvnor, also around $2000, but the Guv is a 26″ bike. I think probably most of those bikes spend their lives on display (kind of a shame IMHO).


1962 Eatons Glider Deluxe 3 Speed

Despite the fact that I had just told myself “no more bikes”, this one appeared on my neighbour’s lawn yesterday with a for sale sign. I paid full price, $40.00! It had several nice parts on it that have already been harvested and installed on my 1960 Norman.

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There’s a small threaded lug behind the chain ring for attaching a full chain case.

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    N= Nottingham
    TE = Timothy Eaton?
  • It makes me think that this frame was originally intended for something other than a Department Store Bike….

    Work continues.


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CCM 3 Speed Path Racer

My neighbour, Dan, is also into vintage bicycles. He mostly likes 50’s Rat Rod bikes that he customizes and sells. He currently has this 60’s CCM 3 speed Path Racer up for sale on Craigslist Toronto at a very reasonable $140.00.

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Customized Raleigh DL-1 Update


Jon A. writes:

 I finally found a moment to get some shots of the Raleigh in current state. As I said earlier, it’s based on a 1978 DL-1 Tourist frame, fork and rims, but I wanted the look of a path racer from about a century ago. I researched English path bikes from the early 1900s and found much of what I needed on eBay.
– Sturmey Archer SC-3 coaster brake rear hub (no rear rod brake linkages or lever)
– Williams 52-tooth chainwheel and cottered crankset with Raleigh chrome steel rat trap pedals
– vintage Sturmey Archer top-tube shifter
– Gerry Burgess stem with an inverted raw steel moustache bar (origin unknown), Condor 3-note horn and cork grips
– Raleigh accessory add-on front rod brake
– ‘gallows’-style seat post with a honey Brooks B-15 saddle and tan Acorn tool roll bag
– bead-blasted and powder-coated black rims
The ivory Ralson block-tread tires with Woods valves, knurled caps and retainer chains came from Paul Eric Rich, who builds the Charleston, also a DL-1-based path racer.
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Joe Baidieme, a bike tech at a shop near where I was living at the time, built the wheels and did the final build and adjustments for me; Joe totally understood what I was after. Frame paint is original with touch-ups, and I repainted the front forks. Graphics were removed and replaced with early Raleigh ‘Varsity’-style transfers. This bike takes some effort to get rolling but has a fairly fast top speed; I managed 35 mph through one of those ‘your speed’ radar signs in our neighborhood. It is a lot of fun to ride.

Vintage Sturmey archer

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1960 Norman 3 Speed with Dynohub

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Yet another bicycle purchase. A 1960 Norman 3 Speed with a AG Dynohub. Rough but workable. I didn’t pay much for it ($75.00 CDN), so I don’t mind spending a bit to get it back on the road. I spotted this one in the spring at a used clothing/stuff store. The original asking price was a whopping $350.00 but obviously, there were no takers. I offered $60.00 and we settled on $75.00.

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I stripped the bike and repacked all the bearings. I gave the frame and forks a quick cleaning and sanding and spray painted mat black. Other than 55 years worth of dirt and grime it was in good shape.




I recently read that you can clean chrome with tin foil and water…. I can tell you that it really works!

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These brake calipers came out looking almost brand new.


I was pleased to discover that the Dynohub still works!


George from Parts Unknown was able to supply some parts including this Hercules chainring and chainguard from an old Eatons Glider. He also let me use his cotter pin press. These cotters were the toughest ones I’ve ever encountered.

Pedals are MKS 3000 from West Side Cycle on Roncesvalles.

George at Parkdale Bicycle on Macdonell supplied a new chain and cotter pins.

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So the work is mostly done for now. There’s still some fine tuning and adjustments to be done.

The bike has a 23″ frame, but due to the loose geometry, the stand over height is an inch lower that my newer (1973) Raleigh Superbe.

Total cost to date:

Bike purchase $75.00

Chainring/guard /press $40.00

MKS Pedals $30.00

New chain $10.00

New cables/pads/oil/supplies $10.00

P1170945Norman Bicycles were taken over by Raleigh in the early 1950’s and continued until 1962 or so.


I replaced the trigger and brake levers with a better set.
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Perhaps the arrival of this Norman in 1960 had something to do with their demise…


Bridgestone Youngway

It turns out that this bike is indeed a Bridgestone Youngway.

The store that I bought it from decided to remove all of the lights and horns etc and threw them in the garbage!

Although I quite liked this bicycle It was too small for me so I gave it to a young woman I work with who will get more use out of it.

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The bike below just showed up on Kijiji Toronto.

The same bike re-branded as a Supercycle for Canadian Tire.

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Tricked Out CCM

Not a 3 speed but still an interesting bike. Year unknown (to me) but this bike has a lot of vintage accessories.

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I’m not sure what this thing on the front wheel is….There’s a generator on the back wheel.

Someone on For the Love of English Three Speeds

says it’s a wheel driven bell.

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Modified Raleigh Tourist

I found this one on another good Three Speed Blog

Old Three Speed Gallery

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The full story here.

Jon, the builder of this custom Path Racer writes:

  HEY! That’s MY path racer replica. I built it in my apartment while living in South Carolina.   It’s based on a ’78 DL-1 Tourist frame, but I wanted to get an English ‘path bike vibe’ with the look. This frame geometry dates from the early 1900s, but it needed drop bars, no fenders and the elaborate brake linkage gone.   To do that, I used a big-diameter 53-tooth Williams chainwheel with cottered Williams crank arms (someone suggested they might be from a British folder from the ’60’s), and ’60’s Raleigh rat-trap pedals. To clean up the overall look and get closer to a racer configuration, I had a Sturmey Archer SC-3 coaster hub laced into a DL-1 rear rim; both wheels had their rims bead-blasted and were powder-coated black. The front brake is a stock stirrup connected to a Raleigh accessory front lever, probably from the 1920’s or ’30’s.  These components allowed me to build the bike without the traditional rod-brake set-up, which typically integrates with the handlebars. The shifter is a Sturmey Archer top bar unit, probably late-’20’s. Bars, when these photos were taken, were inverted Raleigh Sports bars on a Raleigh quill stem from the ’50’s, but I have changed over to a GB stem and shallow-drop moustache bars, probably from a postwar American fat-tire bike; I thought they had more of a “Lauterwasser” look. I bead-blasted the bars and added cork grips. Back then it had  Schwalbe Delta Cruisers, but I swapped in a set of ivory Ralson (India) block-tread tires from Brothers Rich in Baltimore, as well as Woods valves with knurled caps and retainer chains. This bike gets compliments whenever I bring it to group rides; someone always asks “What year is that?”, and I reply that it depends on which part. they mean . As you can imagine, its not a great climber, but for an old crock it’s actually pretty fast- I sprinted through one of those ‘your speed’ radar speed limit signs last week and got up to 35 mph. Attached are some images of it in current state. It and my other DL-1s are on my  Pinterest page ‘Big Brit Roadsters’


Modified Raleigh Tourist.

Modified Raleigh Tourist.
Bought this one in Hamilton Ontario last month just
to have a bike to ride around while I was working there. Someone had removed the rod brakes and replaced with a Shimano coaster hub and an old Canadian 28 x 1 1/2 rear wheel. I worked on it today and it cleaned up real nice. Steering was tight and found an extra bearing top and bottom.



Polish or Czech 3 Speed?

$_2vczgzfhsg7Not sure about this one but I’ve seen this brand before. Listed on Kijiji Toronto at a reasonable $110.00.

I’m pretty sure it has a Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub. Could be a Rapido brand bike.

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1971 Raleigh Superbe Restoration Project by Basil S.

Three Speed Mania follower Basil S. purchased this Raleigh Superbe at the Brantford show this summer. He is in the process of restoring the bike and has sent some “before” photos. Progress photos and hopefully some text from Basil will follow. I’m posting this using a PC so I’m not sure how to rotate the photos.

Basil writes:

“I recently finished cleaning up my Raleigh that I bought at the Brantford vintage bicycle show. I grabbed an Eaton’s Glider, and a CCM Elan as well, all equipped with S/A three speed hub, of course!
Here’s some “before” shots. The superbe was as bad as I’ve seen.
I’ll send this email, and follow up with another email of my “after” shots.
best regards, Baz”








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Basil writes:

 I guess I should backtrack. I think your blog is very informative, and I was a little miffed at the VW comments and “boring” remarks you received and subsequently posted, so I thought I’d send you some fresh meat…Thanks for posting my pictures. If you want MORE, I got at least three Eaton’s gliders that will be rainy day projects. A 1970 and a 74 small frame mens, and a ladies early seventies with a white brooks matress saddle. I love the gliders, because the chrome “Raleigh” fenders, and superbe block pedals came on these models. I wish they had “endrick” rims, though…

The next one I will do will be the men’s 1970. I think I’ll use a spare Raleigh dyno front hub I have been sitting on, and I have a spare Raleigh crank and a superbe rear carrier, this time I’ll use gumwalls instead of Schwalbe whitewalls for a change.
I switched the painted fenders on my superbe and installed chromies liberated from an Eaton’s Glider.  Much prettier!

1979 Raleigh Sports 3 Speed

  • I persuaded a co worker of mine to take the vintage 3 speed plunge and he bought this 1979 Raleigh Sports yesterday, ($70.00 CDN). Very complete and restorable. I’m hoping he’ll document the restoration and send me photos of the progress.

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Raleigh Bitsa Coaster Update

I think I’m done with this one for now. I’ll revisit it when time and parts permit. I haven’t had a coaster bike since I was 7 years old but I quite like it’s simplicity. It’s called a Bitsa because it’s Bits of this and Bits of that…

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Last post on this one until I find a 28″ front wheel. I’ll probably add a front caliper brake as well (recommended). The saddle is a well worn and broken in leather, Japanese Speedic. Total cost of this project is about $60.00 Canadian so about $45.00 U.S. Please ignore the rabid cat in the background.

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Taking the advice of another vintage bicycle enthusiast, I’ve added a front caliper brake to this project. It’s an old Raleigh brake with an old CCM lever. Not pretty but at least the bike stops!

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  • I can’t leave this one alone. I managed to find an old clean 28″ rim that would accomodate caliper brakes from George at Parts Unknown. Another George at Parkdale Bicycles had a tire that would fit . So for now the bike is complete. I had no idea how confusing tire sizes could be. Most of my bikes are British 3 speeds and take the standard 26″ tire. This rim was marked 28 x 1 1/2 ” Canadian size.

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    I had the bike out on Sunday for a good ride around the city and quite liked it…

73 Supercycle 3 Speed Project Update

This bike belongs to a friend at work. He bought a house last year and the bike was left behind in the garage. It looked to be in a sorry state. After disassembly and a good clean it appears that the bike has spent most of it’s life unridden.. Originally equipped with a Shimano 333 hub I plan to replace with a Sturmey Archer rear wheel. I’ve posted about these bikes before.

A strange CCM/Supercycle hybrid.

Work continues.

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1957 CCM 3 Speed For Sale

Here’s one that showed up today on Kijiji Toronto@ $295.00.

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Anther Raleigh Superbe

Seen on Toronto Kijiji at a very reasonable $159.00!

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1965 CCM Mustang



Mean M****ster Mustard

Three Speed Mania has managed to attract a Cyber-Bully! Albert M., a Ham radio operator from Pennsylvania is unhappy with the current format of Three Speed Mania and would like me to post reader’s submissions, which I often do. Albert M. started following this blog in April of this year. His first comment was in regard to a photo of a customized VW.


Albert  M. writes:

“It’s best that you keep to bicycles. Also as one who has worked for VW dealerships in the 1960’s and is very familiar with VW Bugs, I can say with some authority that the jerk who modified the car’s suspension has created a death-trap vehicle. Again stay with bikes. “

He was a little aggressive but I encourage discussion and approved the comment.

Last week I received this comment and dismissed it as I thought it was spam.

“Your site is very boring! You present the same sort of crap over and over again. Is it beyond your your intellectual capacity to figure out that you should accept submissions from other 3-speed devotees?”

This morning I received another negative and aggressive comment and decided to do some digging.

 Your site is getting to be extremely boring. You present the same sort of 3-speeds over and over. Have considered asking for submissions or would this threaten your adolescent ego?       Al

I’m not sure what his angle is but he’s certainly not going about it the right way. There’s no need  for a man in his 70’s to be so mein.


1974 3 Speed Eatons Glider

  • I thought I’d document this 1974 Raleigh built Eatons Glider before I do any work. It appears to be a very original bike with minimal use over the last 42 years. It’s a good reference for cable routing and placement of the cable retainers. The tires are the original Canadian made Dunlops and the shifter was mounted in a flattened position. The work will be basic, repacking the bearings, replacing the tires and brake pads and general adjustments. It will be going to a former student who had her bike stolen last month….

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    A page from the 1975 Eatons catalogue.


    Using the inflation calculator, $89.99 converts to $395.00 today.

Tall Cool Raleigh in a Black Dress

Yet another Kijiji post. Seller is asking $300.00 for this one. Not sure if they were ever offered in black, so it could be a re spray.

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1964 Eatons Glider 3 Speed

  • Also found at Parts Unknown this winged Glider chain guard. Not sure if I’ll keep it on this bike (1964 Glider), but I’ll try it for a while.

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3 Speeed Hercules Update

  • Final post on this one.
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    I did re route the gear cable through a fulcrum stop and pulley (Fulcrum courtesy of George at Parts Unknown at the foot of Fraser Ave here in Toronto).
    Restored the original fenders and chain guard and pushed the saddle bags back a bit as they were interfering with both the indicator chain and the back of my foot as I peddled…

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Tricked Out CCM Galaxie 3 Speed

Another Kijiji bike for sale here in Toronto.

Priced at a very reasonable $135.00. A mid 60’s CCM Galaxie 3 speed with the rare S/A throttle shifter.

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Yet Another Project

Someone at work gave me this old Raleigh frame and I thought I’d put a quick 3 speed Path Racer together from some spare parts i have in the shed. I stopped in to see George at Parts Unknown yesterday for a new (vintage) Raleigh crank set
and spotted an interesting coaster brake wheel that I bought. I can’t find too much info on the Bayliss Wiley company but it would suggest the wheel is quite old.The bike is coming along and I just need a few things to finish it off. The hub has a nice metal oil port as well. he front wheel is a 26″ SA rim but may swap out for a 28″ if I find one.




1960’s Oxford 3 Speed

Exact year unknown. Probably a re branded Raleigh for a hardware or dept store chain.

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NOS 3 Speed Parts in Canada

This guy in BC has a good stock of vintage NOS parts at reasonable prices.

Bike Wizard by Ozz


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