Vintage 3 Speed English Bicycles

1974 Raleigh Colt or Space Rider

2012-12-30 14.47.29 2012-12-28 18.55.30 2012-12-28 18.55.21 2012-12-28 18.53.28 2012-12-28 18.53.21 DSCN0036 DSCN0034 DSCN0035Brad, the owner writes:
I replaced the original 18 tooth sprocket with a 20 tooth, that
dragged the wheel forward 1/2″, it it more centred now which makes me
think that is what it was meant to have in the first place, it is
better to ride also.

I soaked it in bucket of water for a few days, then bent it into
shape, wrapped a rope around it to hold it in shape and allowed it to
dry. Then rubbed in plenty of Dubbin, a leather product. Two kids, 9
and 11 have used it and say it is comfortable.

The brake levers seem to be child size.

Below, a sample of the Raleigh boy’s Space Riders.

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7 responses

  1. j

    i hope i don not offend anyone but i must say this is quite possibly the ugliest bike i’ve seen in quite sometime. why put mutant bikes on the site when there are a plethora of intact and functioning 3 speeds in this city. seems odd.

    January 12, 2013 at 11:02 am

    • Harsh words indeed!

      January 12, 2013 at 11:51 am

    • Brad calvert

      This is intact and functioning perfectly in every way. No offence taken. There is no other 24″ wheel bike on the site, so I am told.

      Show us a better one!

      January 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      • I agree with Brad as it’s interesting to see unrestored bikes as well.

        January 12, 2013 at 4:38 pm

  2. Brad Calvert

    j wrote: “seems odd”. Anyone fascinated with antique 3 speed bikes _must_ be odd. Greg, how do you know it is a Colt? I can’t find another bike like it. Children are not famous for taking great care of things, I can’t think many of these bikes have survived, I do not recall seeing any in my childhood. There was one boy at high school in about 1983 who had a single speed this size, he was ridiculed for it. Even back in 1974, this style would have been viewed as very old fashioned, the latest thing was known as a dragster in Australia, we were probably a few years behind North America, though my memory does not go much before 1974:

    from: http://sheldonbrown.com/gloss_w.html

    Wheelie Bike
    Also known as a “high-riser”, “Stingray”, “polo bike”, “banana bike”, “Chopper”. The most horrible children’s bikes ever made. Some who had them as children retain a sentimental attachment to them, so there is an active market in “collectible” wheelie bikes, but they were, in my considered opinion, an unmitigated disaster.

    January 12, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    • I’ve called it a Colt only because that was the name Raleigh used for their boys bikes at that time. Keep in mind that various countries received different branded bikes so it’s just a guess.
      I too had a bike like this in the 60’s and when the Sting Ray style became popular my Dad took me to Canadian tire and we bought some new parts (ape hanger bars, banana seat etc) and he gave my bike a make over…
      and then kid stole it! But I did get it back.

      January 12, 2013 at 6:53 pm

  3. Brad Calvert

    My one looks a lot like the blue one. Does that have rod brakes? Is it a three speed? Do you have a bigger picture? Mine does not appear to have ever had a chain guard. I have seen in some of your brochures that some of the adult bikes were sold new without a chain guard. Though the Space Rider appears to have a detachable bracket holding the chain guard, perhaps mine had one of these originally. Notice the brake cable from the front brake to the left hand side, it looks neater running to the right hand, that’s how they are in the UK and Australia, all bikes sold here legally must have the right hand operating the front brake. Ape hanger bars were known as butterfly handlebars here.

    January 12, 2013 at 7:25 pm

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