Vintage 3 Speed Bicycles

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Hey Hipster! Raleigh Glider for Sale!

This is the banner that appeared on Kijiji for this Raleigh built 3 speed Glider offered @ $135.00.

3 speeds are now hip!



BSA Golden Clubman 3 Speed

Not sure what year this is but hope to find out…

Rod, lever and drum brakes!

It must weigh a ton!

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1938 Hercules Falcon Finale

Last photo of this one for the time being.
1938 Hercules Falcon
I’ve attached an older, broken in Wrights saddle that’s more period appropriate.

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Bicycle Repair Manual

img_2685I’d like to fix this girl’s bike…

Vintage Miller Bicycle Generator Lights :

Originally posted on a new recyclist:

I know there are a lot of battery powered lights on the market, but you can’t beat the pedal powered dynamo for instant readiness and low maintenance. Having a backup battery “stand light” is a good idea though, for when you are stopped, if you ride in totally dark areas at night ( e.g. the Fernleigh Track ) especially.

Here are some of examples of generator (dynamo) lights from my grandfather’s collection of bicycle paraphernalia. They are made by Miller of Great Britain. The generator is a 6V  and 3.24W output. They still work, although the lamp reflectors have dimmed somewhat and perhaps the generator magnets have weakened over time. A modern light and dynamo like the Shimano dynohub / Busch and Muller Lumotec combo on my Gazelle gives brighter results with less pedalling effort.

The little button opens the light to access the bulb. This light is mounted upside…

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Homemade Hub Shiners

Some leather and some inexpensive snaps and presto! Hub Shiners!

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Another Raleigh Superbe

This one appeared on Kijiji Hamilton today. Owner is asking $565.00….

It does have a factory installed battery pack option that I’ve not seen before as well as the Dynohub.

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$(KGrHqVHJCUFCmuQ88eDBQyPYmynF!~~60_12 $T2eC16RHJHEE9ny2q9jhBQyPYr)NVg~~60_12Here’s a 1949 SA hub and wheel on Ebay with a price of $850.00 (US). The seller is asking and additional $53.00 to ship to Canada with estimated import fees of $161.00! That’s some hub!!


Street Bikes

Here’s a single speed Flying Pigeon Light Roadster for sale down the street at Public Butter in Parkdale.

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P1140892Across town near Kensington Market I spotted a somewhat sad and neglected Superbe that appears to have been left outside all winter…

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Spring Has Sprung

The weather has finally turned around here in Toronto and I took Ol’ Faithful out yesterday for a ride.



1971 CCM Galaxie 3 Speed

Another CCM Galaxie for sale on Kijiji Toronto @ $130.00.

The two tone seat looks good.

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A Couple of Cool 3 Speeds

This is the 500th post on Three Speed Mania!!

These two 3 speeds showed up on Kijiji Toronto today.

First, a British made Supercycle offered at $135.00.


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This one appears very clean and original (except missing fenders) and very good value for the price.

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1981 Raleigh DL-1 Tourist For Sale

Sara from Phoenix sent me these photos of her bike that she’s selling.

a 1980 Raleigh DL-1. She’s owned the bike for 28 years and is ready to find a new home for it. She’s asking $500.00. Located in Phoenix. Email address:

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Vintage Saddles

  • Picked up a couple of vintage leather saddles the other day.
    A Japanese Speedic and a Wrights.
    Both at a very good price.

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Hey! Quit looking up my skirt you perverts!!


Triumph 3 Speed

For sale on Kijiji Toronto @ $110.00.

Not much to look at but could be the start of a nice project or a parts bike and the price is right.

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CCM Imperial Mark II

This popped up on Kijiji Toronto today @ $150.00.

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1938 Falcon Update

I think I’m finished with this for now.

I re routed the gear cable through a fulcrum and a cable guide, put on some vintage block pedals and a bell.

I also shortened the ends of the handlebars by about 1 1/2″.

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Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 2.31.19 PMFrom the 1938 catalogue. “Unchippable” electric blue paint.

The price of £6:8:0 for the 3 speed version converts to $672.00 in today’s money.

A solid investment for a working man in 1938!

Now I just need the weather to co operate….

20101214-GTSS1Snow storm, 1944. The Falcon was already 7 years old by this point.


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