Vintage 3 Speed English Bicycles

Eatons Glider 3 Speed

Another Glider on Kijiji Toronto priced at a reasonable $150.00.

$_21bnk7 $_2liop7-4 $daggr_27-1 $_2cccscs7-3 $_27,upeee-2

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6 responses

  1. Al

    The seat-tube angle seems to be different from the b equivalent model, the Raleigh Sports, marketed elsewhere.

    April 25, 2015 at 8:17 am

    • I think that these bikes were assembled from the parts bin and that a 1973 Glider could have left over stock from previous years.

      April 25, 2015 at 10:06 am

      • Al

        It’s quite possible that you’re on to something. The seat-tube angle seems to be the same as found on the Raleigh DL1, a more traditional roadster with a “slack” frame angles.

        Is it possible that Eaton was demanding some product differentiation from the Raleigh sold by bike shops? And so, was Raleigh’s accommodation to mix and match from their parts inventory?

        I’m from south of the 49th Parallel and so not too familiar with the Eaton.

        April 25, 2015 at 10:30 am

      • Eatons was a Canadian Department store chain and the Glider was a Raleigh supplied store brand.

        April 25, 2015 at 3:09 pm

  2. Al

    Also, the front fork lacks the distinctive Raleigh crown. Was this perhaps a cost saving attempt to meet a lower price -point?

    April 25, 2015 at 8:19 am

    • This is a twin of my partner’s bike. There are also no R nuts or any Raleigh branding except on the stem. It doesn’t have those double ended brake cables, either, and a few other things we thought we had to prepare for with a Raleigh turned out to be “normal” instead. I think the parts bin assumption is right on.

      April 26, 2015 at 1:58 pm

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