Vintage 3 Speed English Bicycles

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1960 Superbe Update!

I decided not to paint this bike for the time being. I was anxious to get it back together and take advantage of the warm fall weather. Costs to date:
Bike purchase @ $50.00
New Tires @ $32.00
New Cables @ $18.00
New Brake Pads @ $6.00
Brake lever ferrule @ .40 cents (Outrageous!)
The chain ring crank needs to be straightened and I’ll repaint later.
Saddle is OK for now but will look for a vintage leather one.
I’ve also replaced both calipers with “newer” versions to do away with the proprietary earlier ones.
Took it for a shakedown ride today and have a few adjustments to make.



Vintage Robin Hood 3 Speed

Another Toronto Kijiji posting. A vintage Robin Hood 3 speed, year unknown but I suspect early 1960’s. This one’s located at College and Bathurst and reasonably priced at $139.00.


Looking again, it looks like the front fork might be bent.


Nice CCM 3 Speed

Just listed on Kijiji Toronto, this CCM Galaxie 3 speed appears very clean and original. Reasonably priced at $100.00.


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1961 Raleigh Superbe Update

Bike has already stripped down and some evidence as to it’s originality have been found.

Hub dates from July 1961. There’s a serial number on the BB.


Another on the top of the seat tube. The third digit would appear the represent 1961.

RC = Raleigh Canada Export

BB number still a mystery.


Original colour on the fork tube, a light aqua blue..


As well as a mounting lug for a full chain case and an oil port.


The chromed fork ends also leads me to believe that 1961 is correct.

I started to sand the frame and the old decal set was revealed, briefly.

Definetly a Superbe.


Hard to see but the Superbe logo is still there followed by 2 stars.


I also think the white painted head tube suggests a Canadian export model. There’a a faint Made in England decal where it should be as well.


1961 Raleigh Superbe

This one literally showed up in my backyard yesterday…

My neighbour, Dan had bought it last week, removed the dynohub and decided he didn’t want it. We agreed on a price, $50.00 and there you have it.


The Good.

1961 Raleigh Superbe

Tall frame

Fairly complete

Rims and hub are clean

Chromed fork ends

Locking fork (no key)

Shifter cable seems good




The Bad


Old style calipers that require the special Raleigh brake cable

Non period trigger

Chain wheel crank looks a little bent.

Missing Dynohub (I have a spare in the garage).



The Ugly

A poor repaint (not sure of original colour).




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The Three Amigos



Raleigh DL-1 Tourist


I spent some time on this one yesterday. A Mid to late 70’s Tourist. The previous owner had removed the complete rod and lever brake system with a simple coaster brake.


Coaster brake appears to be a Shimano CB-100 from 1975 or so. Rear wheel is a Canadian sized 28″ x 1 1/2″ while the front is a British Westrick rim.


The paint and chrome on this bike is in very good condition.



1975 Raleigh Sports

This one’s gone to a new home. Sold at cost to a young woman I work with.

Earlier this summer she’d bought this bike. A 1969 CCM Galaxie.


The Galaxie went to her room mate and she traded up to the Raleigh.

Picked this one up today for a reasonable $100.00 (CDN). The young lady I bought from was moving and wants to buy something more modern.


She told me that she’d gotten the bike from a friend’s grandmother and once I started to clean it up I believe her. One clue is the trigger in the flattened position as shipped from the factory. Also the cables and clips are all original and the paint is cleaning up nicely.


The tires were replaced last year and the mechanic had put the front wheel on backwards as the bearing adjuster had backed out quite a bit.

Not sure what I’m going to do with this but I’m sure it will find a good home.

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The $40.00 Bicycle Update

Sadly, this one was stolen a few days after completion..

It was my own fault as it wasn’t locked and parked by a patio I was sitting on……

 I couldn’t let this one go with mis-matched tires, plus it needed some refinements as well.

I didn’t want to spend any more money on it but still wanted it looking presentable.

New tires were purchased for a couple of my regular bikes and the discards (still good) made their way onto the Brown Bike. I also added a pair of shortened inverted bars, a newer brake lever and new pads.


The headset bearings were feeling a little “crunchy” and when I got it apart I found that I’d  put an extra bearing in the top……

I took it out for a couple of hours today for a shakedown and it’s quite a nice riding bicycle.


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More Hercules Stuff

Although I like the look of the enclosed chain case it seems to offer more problems than solutions…

Feeding the chain through was a lesson in physics. Gravity was used to install and then there’s so little space to work  at the hub to attach the master link.


Once the chain was installed it was rubbing on the inner guard! Even after adjusting it again there’s no way to see if the chain tension is correct. I’m not sure why the British were so obsessed with keeping the drive line enclosed and running in an oil bath….

It just seems overly complicated and fussy to me.


I’ve made do with some less than perfect cables that were on hand for the time being.

With luck I’ll find some NOS ones to complete.

Speaking of cables, these old style brake cables are equally annoying. Once installed and adjusted there’s hardly any room left to adjust them/ The front one was NOS and it’s close to being maxed out at the barrel.


I replaced the fulcrum cable stop with a standard SA version.


Despite my complaints it’s still a nice bike.


I put the paint lid cover back on and it’s now rubbing…
I’m going to give this bike a little “time out” and perhaps it will have time to reflect on it’s mistakes…





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1950 Hercules Update

I had time to tackle the bike today and I did.

The bike was completely disassembled, cleaned and all bearings re packed.


A serial number on the seat post CU 0218.. What’s it all mean?


As it turns out, both cranks were bent. The drive side bent on purpose to clear the chain case. The left side, who knows?


A clear shot of the case not centred on the BB. Could this be the cause of the problem?


The chain case is securely attached to the frame.


The wheels waiting to be attended to.


The brake cables. One with the factory bell end and the other homemade,

These cables and calipers were phased out in the early 60’s.


The calipers are still clean and shiny after all these years.


The frame ready for a good cleaning.


The original unfaded colour under the cable stop.


The spindle, stamped made in England 158.



I loosened the chain case and nudged it forward centred on the BB.


I had a spare chain ring and crank in the shed that fit and once installed cleared the chain case. I had originally thought that the spindle might have been installed backwards but this wasn’t the case.


I bought some new tires from George at the Parkdale Bicycle Shop, cleaned up the rims and hubs and installed.P1000285.JPG

A nice pair of MKS pedals have been installed.

To complete I need to find a left side crank and and old NOS rear brake cable.



Super Cycles!

Blog reader, Cassandra has sent me some photos of a pair of bikes rescued from the trash. She writes:

“Hey, just wanted to say your blog is great! My husband and I have just recently gotten into biking, and are really enjoying it. We just pulled a his and hers matching set from the trash. They are supercycle from Canadian tire, but I’m not sure on the year. The gear shifts are on the neck of the handle bars, maybe that will help? They are really cool bikes, I can email you pictures if you are interested in seeing them; I think they are a good find, but I don’t know much about vintage bicycles.”


Good job saving these from land fill.

It’s hard to tell from the photos but I think they’re Raleigh built bikes.

My only clue  is the pedal style which Raleigh used in the early 70’s.

I have the same ones on a 1972 Raleigh Superbe. This style was a cost cutting measure as they don’t have bearings.

Supercycle, the house brand of Canadian Tire bought bikes from several suppliers over the years that they re-branded. CCM, Raleigh and Bridgestone  all supplied bikes.

Also, look for a “Made in Canada” sticker at the bottom of the seat tube and look at the rear derailleur.

A closer look at the head badge reveals “Made in Canada”,

which probably means assembled in Canada.

This site, Disraeli Gears is a good resource to date your bike.

Anyone else care to weigh in these?

I wouldn’t spend too much $$ on these, but new tires and brake pads wouldn’t be too much and you can try polishing the chrome with some tin foil and water (this really works!).

Good luck and send me some “after” photos.


More Junk! 1950 Hercules Sports

I picked this one up today for a fair price. A 1950 Hercules 3 Speed Sports.

This was built before Raleigh aquired the company in 1960.

Here it is purchased.


At some point in it’s 66 years the original trigger has been replaced by a Sturmey Archer 3/4 speed trigger.


Head badge looks good.


The drive side crank is strangely bent and filed to clear the chaincase.

I suspect the spindle is backwards…


Sports Model decal.


Old style calipers that take a specific cable.


An N.O.S. cable included in the sale.


Interesting brake levers.


An odd cable stop. I don’t think it’s correct.


Period pump.


Enclosed chain case.


Nice grips.


Hercules A Type 0 three speed hub made under licence from Sturmey Archer.


Made in England! So there you have it.

Work to follow.

This is the closest ad I could find from 1950.

Burgundy with white fenders.



More Bike Show Photos

It’s too bad that the grass was so dry this year…

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CBN Facebook page.


Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show


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Getting the fleet ready for the show!



1975 Raleigh Sports Update

I gave this one a quick cleanup, repacked all the bearings and replaced the brake cables.

Total cost to date:

Purchase @ $100.00

Two cables @ $6.00

Master link @ $5.00


It has the short lived self adjusting brake levers that do seem overly complicated.

The only other thing I want to do is replace the brake pads.



Raleigh Built Glider For Sale

Another 3 speed Eatons Glider on Kijiji, Toronto. Appears to be in good shape with the seller asking for a best offer.



Raleigh 3 Speed Tourist For Sale

A new Toronto Kijiji posting with the seller asking $400.00 or best offer.



The Great Pretender

I locked up my Raleigh Superbe last week while I had some lunch and when I came out found a Raleigh clone parked beside it.


A modern Simcoe bicycle clearly trying to duplicate the original.

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”


Canadian Vintage Bicycle Show!!

This Sunday in Brantford, Ontario.



Interesting Raleigh 3 Speed

Blog reader Steve T. brought this one to my attention. Advertised on Kijiji close to Kingston.


A mid to late 50’s Raleigh with US Army markings.


I suspect the headlamp was transplanted from another bike as I don’t think the US used any British Bikes. I could be wrong.

Perhaps it was a movie prop.

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1966 Dunelt 3 Speed

Also on Kijij this week is this 1966 Dunelt 3 speed with a leather Wrights saddle. Seller is asking $230 but I’m sure is open to a reasonable offer.

I’m not sure but it looks like the front forks could be bent.



Raleigh Sports 3 Speed

Here’s a nice coffee/bronze coloured Sports with a Dynohub listed on Kijiji, Toronto @ $175.00.



Raleigh Shopper 3 Speed

Another Kijiji posting here in Toronto. An early 70’s non folding Raleigh RSW. Located in Parkdale, seller is looking for a reasonable offer.



Super Superbe

A tidy and complete example currently listed on Kijiji, Toronto @ $260.00