Vintage 3 Speed English Bicycles


1964 Glider Update.

Here are some before photos of the bike that was purchased in Dundas Ontario last week.

I had a very productive day gathering supplies and parts for this current project.

P1130758 P1130761After a thorough cleaning I started to re assemble.

A few new spokes on the back wheel, the bottom bracket got new bearings and was repacked as well as the stem bearings.

I re-used the original tubes but already had some new tires in the shed.

I find that old inner tubes hold the pressure better than modern ones.

P1130764 P1130763 P1130766Mini fender supplied by George (the bike shop at the foot of Fraser).

Also had an old style thumb shifter in the garage.

P1130771 P1130769I also installed a bigger cog on the rear wheel. I’ll try it out and see…

New vintage style pedals from Martin at Hoop Driver Bicycles on College.

P1130768More updates to follow.

P1130772 P1130774All new cables and a new chain.

P1130776 P1130782 P1130780I like the old style 3 speed cable system with the carrier wheel at the back. I’m just missing the little hard plastic “stop” that holds the cable housing. I’ve made a temporary one out of a rubber grommet and a brake ferrule but will look for the proper piece today.

Total cost of this project to date:

Bicycle and vintage pump $100

New chain $14.00

New pedals $20.00

Assorted used parts $20.00

Cables/tires/pads and saddle I already had on hand.

Time to put together: Priceless!

8 responses

  1. Lookin’ good. How big is the rear cog? And Martin/Hoopdriver is a great guy.

    September 28, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    • It has 18 teeth (I think). Someone gave it to me when I bought another Raleigh from him.

      September 28, 2014 at 6:02 pm

  2. Wow, that looks great; neither green nor white…keeping the fenders with the mudflaps?

    September 28, 2014 at 11:38 pm

  3. Mark K

    Nice job – agree the colour is unique. I have a slightly newer glider (basically the same but for some minor decal changes) and did much the same as you. Even the same Brooks went on it!

    October 3, 2014 at 7:05 am

  4. That looks great! My partner and I just got 73 gliders and I’m excited to see how nice yours turned out.

    January 8, 2015 at 10:27 pm

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