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.
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.
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.
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.
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);
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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Bruno, from Italy has spotted this bike on Ebay and requests some info.
“Hello Greg, very kind, here it is, I have lost it for just a few moments on ebay, cost only € 70, if I could have restored it(saddle, pedals, cables, lights, etc.) would have become beautiful
I wait to know anything you discover
ciao and warm regards from Italy.”
“I have a couple of pictures of an English three speed “Super Cycle” bike, I would love to know more about it (name, model etc.), I need a place where to post them.’
It’s hard to see any detail in these photos but, The Super Cycle brand was used by Canadian Tire stores here in Canada. Bicycles were purchased form various suppliers over the years.
These included CCM, Raleigh, Bridgestone and others.
Input is welcome.
Not a 3 speed but an interesting bike all the same. A current Kijiji listing out of Montreal is this 1938 CCM Flyte. Listed at $1700.00 it’s a very collectable Canadian bicycle.
Although it sounds like a lot of money, $1700.00 is not an unreasonable amount.
This bike showed up today on Kijiji Toronto with an asking price of $350.00. I think I’ve posted this one previously. Since then I think it’s had some upgrades since then.
It was originally French racing blue but I had the royal so decided to use this as my budget for this bike was low.
The front brakes are Maillard /Sram drum and the rear are Scam/Sachs coaster .
When I bought the bike it had non standard 50T modern Shimano (square bottom bracket).which, being aluminium wore out along with the chain which was never compatible with the the Sram rear cog.
I removed this chainwheel and replaced it with a steel 44T and re-greased the bottom bracket bearings and head bearings .
I was pleased the bottom bracket wasn’t sealed as it was my intention to make it look older.
A reader sent this one in. Anyone have an idea what it is?
The current owner Patrick from Mayo Ireland who I recently sold it to has in my opinion done a superb restoration .
Not knowing what it was before restoration he chose the current decal shown in the pictures supplied.
Reader Samuel S. has sent some photos of his Robin Hood restoration in progress.
It is a work in progress, I just ordered some parts from Harris Cyclery, and have been polishing up the chrome while I’m waiting. So far its cleaning up nice, I will get some pics together once the parts come in. Your site is great thanks!
Here are some photos of the 1968 Robin Hood, It was a gift from Shawn Granton, the founder of the Society of Three Speeds here in Portland OR. He is a gentleman and a scholar! I have started cleaning some of the rust off the chrome with water and tin foil, seems to work like magic. I took the old break pads off and have some Kool Stop Continentals to put on. So far I ordered, a Sturmey Archer Trigger, a S.A. 3 Speed shift cable, cork grips, and Kenda Black wall tires, some tubes, and a new 1/8″ chain. I plan on looking for some “rat trap” style peddles at the local bike co-op. I want to install new break cables as well. I have no experience working on three speeds and limited experience with bike mechanics in general, so this will be a good/ fun learning experience. I have really enjoyed exploring your website. I will send more pictures as this project progresses.
Reader Diarmuid C. writes:
“I thought be interested in seeing some more of my Bicycles. I’d love a mention on your site, I’m from Limerick Ireland .The bicycle here is a 4 speed BSA I bought at Charleville (Ireland) vintage show for 120 euros .it has unusual front rod brakes. I’ve cleaned all the dirt and grime and plan to leave it distressed.”
Another submission from Diarmuid C.
“This is the Royal Enfield I restored myself.It was used as a film prop in the Irish Film drama “Rebellion “just before I bought the bike, it was at one stage a 3 speed before it was converted to to single.I decided to make it 3 speed again with a Dyno hub.I Had a lot of trouble fitting the carrier because the rear axle isn’t Long enough to accommodate the mudguard brackets and the carrier.So I mounted the mudguard brackets on a separate bolt behind the axle. I’ve included before and after pictures”