Vintage 3 Speed English Bicycles

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3 Speed Mohawk Mystery Bike

Steve T. brought this bike to my attention. Currently listed on Kijiji Toronto, an American built bike with British components and a Canadian flag as an emblem….


Mohawk bicycles appear to have been built by the H.P. Snyder Company out of Little Falls, New York.


This bike sports a Canadian flag on the front and I assume it was packaged as a line for a small Hardware Store  or a Department Store chain. The one piece crank is a clue to it’s North American origin.


From “American Standard Time”.

“Most Hawthorne bicycles were manufactured by either H.P. Snyder or the Cleveland Welding Company. Because these companies made bikes for many brands, most Hawthorne bicycles were virtually identical to models made for other retailers, but paint colors, sprocket style and brand badging were different. Many parts on bikes coming from the same manufacturer are interchangeable. Snyder also made bikes for Rollfast.”





Broken Bottom Bracket

I had hoped to turn this Canadian built Raleigh frame into a 3 speed Path Racer of sorts. It looked like a good candidate as it was tall and free….


As it turns out, it would not accept the adjustable cup on the BB and a closer inspection revealed that it was cracked in a couple of spots. Not sure what would have caused this (over tightening?). In any case it’s been scrapped. I saved the  forks and am looking for a new frame/project.



Farrah Likes Bikes !

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Gliders Galore!

Two more Raleigh built Eatond Gliders for sale on Kijiji Toronto.


The green one is a tall single speed but a good candidate for a 3 speed conversion.



Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show 2016!

This year’s show is scheduled for July 24th at Trinity Bellwoods Park here in Toronto.

Keep posted for details.


For a look at last year’s show click here.




N.O.S Supercycle Pedals

These are for sale on Toronto Kijiji @ $20.00.



Eatons Glider

This one’s currently on Craigslist, Toronto. A mid 60’s Raleigh built Glider for Eatons Canada. Obviously needs some work but could be a good basis for a project. Owner is asking $150.00.



Toronto Kijiji Ads

A selection of recent Kijiji ads.


$_27-1.JPGA Raleigh built Eaton’s Glider for $100.00.


A very clean Raleigh Built Super Cycle for $220.00


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A Raleigh built Supercycle Twenty for $140.00.


Another Glider at $250.00$_27-6$_27-7$_27-8$_27-9A 1975 Raleigh LTD at $200.00.


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Raleigh Built Eatons Glider

$_27[6].jpgThis one popped up on Kijiji last week. Not sure of the year but it has a AG 3 speed hub with a built in generator. Also appears to have a throttle style shifter, although I prefer the traditional trigger. Owner is asking $120.00


3 Speed Skyline

What I believe to be an Austrian built Skyline 3 speed with a Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub and trigger. These were sold through the old Consumers Distributing Company here in Canada. This one is currently for sale on Kijiji Toronto with an asking price of $190.00, which is not unreasonable when you consider the overall condition.



1978 Raleigh Superbe


Here’s another one recently listed on Kijiji Toronto.

A 23″ frame with an asking price of $280.00. This could be a Canadian built bike.



1971 Raleigh Superbe

Another Kijiji Toronto listing. This one appears to be very clean and complete.

Seller is asking $370.00 and he has the fork key.



Happy Valentines Day



Indoor Canadian Vintage Bicycle Show

February 20/2016 Brantford Ontario.

This is the 3rd Annual Indoor Canadian Vintage Bicycle Show & Swap,here in Brantford on Febuary 20/16 at 100 Market St South,1 block south of the Brantford Charity Casino,this event is the place to bring your bicycles to show or sell,all parts anything vintage bicycle related.There will be bikes from 1890s to the 1960s Muscle Bike era,ie CCM;Mustang ,Raleigh Fastback 100,Highwheel to early wooden wheel bicycles.Please bring your own tables, chairs etc.Start collecting your items,and if you can Spread the Good Word on this unique event,many seasoned collectors will be present to help or advise you in your quest to find that part or restoration.Admission is 5$ and 10$ for vendors, 7am- 4pm.The Big event coming as well is the 2016 15th Annual Canadian Vintage Bicycle Show,the CVBS15 is on Sunday June 26/16 at Heritage View Farm,Brantford,Not to be missed!Hope to see you there.Thanks

1973 Raleigh Superbe

This one’s for sale on Kijiji Toronto @ $350.00 or best offer.

Very clean and original. This is one of the nicest I’ve seen.



Save Rubber!



AMF Hercules Bicycles

AMF, American Machine and Foundry were distributors of British built Hercules bicycles in the 1960’s. A small AMF decal was applied to the chaincase.





Restored 1976 Superbe

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“This started out as a 1976 Raleigh Superbe that had been stored in the basement for  years by original owner. The Paint was excellent, tires rotted, rims rusted inside & pitted outside. Bought Sun rims & new tires but it  just kept going.”


The brakes have been upgraded as well. Dia Copmpe 812 Calipers.

 “Saw them had to have them , 80 mm reach they fit the rear of the wheel of the Superbe with 2mm to spare. The cables are Clarks SS cables with lined housing . The combination works really well with no effort.or binding. “


Below, Steve the owner .




1974 Eatons Catalogue

Home of the Glider line amongst others.



1960 Oxford 3 Speed

This could be a re-branded Robin Hood. Union Cycle Company. Currently listed on Kijiji Toronto for $300.00. It is a tall frame, Precision Engineered and Safety Tested!



Union Cycle is a bit of a mystery brand with bikes being built in Japan, Germany, Holland and England. Below, a nice Japanese version. You can see how closely they were copying an English bike.



1978 Raleigh Supercycle


Trash or Treasure? You Decide!
A neighbour dropped off this rough Supercycle frame last night. I suspected that it was another Raleigh re-brand. The small Made in Canada sticker is the same as the one on my Canadian made (assembled?) Raleigh Superbe. The serial number, RN851730 decodes as R (Canada) N (October) 8 (1978).

Supercycle Gran Sport



Nothing to do with Bicycles

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Mini Fenders

 Martin at Hoop Driver Bicycles is moving and had a big sale of old and over stock this weekend.

I managed to score four sets of mini fenders, three vintage leather saddles as well as a set of NOS Nitto drop bars, all for $100.00.


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NOS Sturmey Archer Hub Kits

I picked up 3 of these last weekend, 1953 vintage.



1972 Glider Update

I’ve probably finished up with this one for the time being.

Cost Breakdown:

1973 Raleigh Glider bicycle @ $75.00 ($50.00, accounting for parts removed)
1967 Torpedo 2 speed kick back hub/coaster brake @ $75.00
Vintage Ideal (French) saddle @ $20.00
NOS Nitto drop bars @ $5.00
Front hand brake for safety @ $5.00
Aluminum stem @ $10.00
New chain and tires @ $40.00
I should point out that the bike as purchased was a fairly complete 3 speed so some of those parts have been repurposed or stored.


Readers’ Choice

Blog reader B. Smith has kindly shared some of his current projects with me.

The first attachment shows my ’71 Raleigh Superbe. This has become my “daily driver” I got out twice last week, and I’m thinkin of going again today. This mild weather has really been kind, if you dress for the wind. we ride out at Beaverdams next to the canal in Thorold.
I bought this one in a package deal last summer at the Brantford swap meet. I’ve sent you pics when it was ROUGH. In addition to having the original dyna-hub and lights working, I got some nice L.E.D. lights for Christmas. The coffee cup holder is still a little sketchy as to my NEED for it, but I’ve had it a while. the Schwalbe delta cruisers are the finishing touch for a nice ride. This one has a 20 tooth rear sprocket.

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The second shot is my ’74 Glider I bought at the summer vintage swap meet, same package deal as the Superbe. Over the holidays, I was in the mood to get going on this project, so up it went on my Park Tools stand. I re-packed the dry headset and went through the guts of the Sturmey Archer AW rear hub. I graced her hub with a 22tooth sprocket.
The ’71 Superbe originally came with these funky green brake handle grips. I cleaned and tuned it, and gave all the chrome a good rub with fine steel wool and chrome polish on the nasty spots. There were lotsa nasties! The crank had the pedal arm welded to it in a previous life, so it got my spare Raleigh “Heron” style crank and block pedals. It came with the rear rack. I have one of those crank pin remover tools. That is the ONLY way to remove these cranks!

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Attachment three: The green brake grips were orphans till I ran into a guy at the Toronto vintage swap meet who sold me the matching handle grips. I love these so much , I may slide the whole package onto my Superbe, but then, I’d just be riding another Glider, now, wouldn’t I?

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Attachment four: The rear shot is with the ’70 and ’74 Gliders slumped up together. The ’74 had a trashed taillight, so I modernized it with a pixeo L.E.D., even though there’s a generator for the headlight.
I started riding the ’70 earlier this year, because I had built up this project when I finally got around to respoking the rear of the ’71 Superbe. I fit this girl with a 21 tooth sprocket. This Glider was originally a 40 spoker, and it is trashed. I just swapped the wheel assembly for something newer, and fit some crappy used gumwalls. I got flat after flat and swore something was in the tire, but the last tube I put in stayed up. It was one of those projects that I got to use up some spare parts, and keep busy in the evenings.

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ANYWAY, I got to liking the way the Glider rode. The handlebars are more “North Road” shaped, and the Superbe’s are flat and straighter, identical to the ones YOU have…(which is what prompted me to type this LOL)
The smaller frame still seemed to fit me, and I felt “nimble” on the tighter dimensions. There’s not a lot of differences, really, and I’m six ft, 200 pounds, I like ’em both. Only a long ride would tell me if the larger frame was more suitable.
I’d be more impressed if I had some nice Panamerica tires to test on this lady.

Attachment five shows all three sisters lined up and posing like happy girls. Each one is a different shade of olive green, each one has a different rear sprocket, so the range is slightly changed on each. The tires are vastly different on each one, too. The “70 and ’71 are made in Nottingham, and the ’74 numbers check out as Canadian built. I can’t tell unless I decode the serial numbers. I feel the Quebec factory did a great job building these bikes for Raleigh.74 and 70 gliders with 71 Raleigh Superbe front view.jpg

The Tree Sisters…

Thanks B. Smith for the contribution and I encourage other readers to do likewise!


Annie Oakley



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