Vintage 3 Speed English Bicycles

SuperCycle 3 Speed

A viewer from Lakefield sent me some photos and a request to date her Canadian built Supercycle 3 speed. She writes:

I bought two matching bicycles, Supercycle, and was wondering if you might know where I could find info re: age, etc. I do have the serial numbers (E followed by six numbers). I’ve attached some pictures. I’m going away for a  few weeks so if you do happen to have information on these bikes I would appreciate it. Thanks!
Anita, Lakefield ON

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe bike is identical to one that I pulled out of the trash a few years ago.

I quite like the green/chartreuse colour but I swapped the Shimano 333 hub and shifter for a Sturmey Archer system.

p1050588My bike with a CCM chain ring. This colour was quite popular and I’ve seen a few versions of this same frame.

It’s a two colour application with a silver base and then the green on top.

A nice 10 speed below.

SuperCycle_LG_Full_Side_1

CCM supplied bikes to Canadian Tire that were re branded as Supercycles. Other suppliers include Raleigh and Bridgestone.

The bikes were often assembled from old stock.

Vintage CCM provides the chart below.

ccmcodes_2This would date your bike frame as being built in 1973 and possibly being sold in 1974 or 1975 (my guess).

Unlike Sturmey Archer, Shimano didn’t stamp a date on their hubs.

This want ad popped up on Kijiji today.

Ray writes:

“I saw this bike on the street in very good condition and was wondering how
many of these are sitting in the basements or garages of houses in Toronto.

It is a 10 speed with a seat called Speedic.

I think I paid $60 for it back in the mid-seventies…at Canadian Tire you
can buy a new 18 speed mountain bike for $99, today…go figure. “

$_20 $_20-1 $_20-2

A well preserved Speedic sadldle,  a Brooks knock off made in Japan.

Ray writes:

“They are “sharp/detail/colour accurate” pics and with the bike being in such good condition (especially the
seat) it just brought back a great memory of a 13 year old purchasing a bike
that was far too big. I rode it, re-painted it (red) and had it stolen one day after
school while I was taking driving lessons offered by the school.”

Same colour but made in Japan.

Here’s another one for sale in Kingston Ontario.

$_20-rr3 $_20-334 $_20-ww5 $_20-qq6 $_20-gg7

Hope this helps.

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