Vintage 3 Speed English Bicycles


1971 Raleigh Superbe Restoration Project by Basil S.

Three Speed Mania follower Basil S. purchased this Raleigh Superbe at the Brantford show this summer. He is in the process of restoring the bike and has sent some “before” photos. Progress photos and hopefully some text from Basil will follow. I’m posting this using a PC so I’m not sure how to rotate the photos.

Basil writes:

“I recently finished cleaning up my Raleigh that I bought at the Brantford vintage bicycle show. I grabbed an Eaton’s Glider, and a CCM Elan as well, all equipped with S/A three speed hub, of course!
Here’s some “before” shots. The superbe was as bad as I’ve seen.
I’ll send this email, and follow up with another email of my “after” shots.
best regards, Baz”








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Basil writes:

 I guess I should backtrack. I think your blog is very informative, and I was a little miffed at the VW comments and “boring” remarks you received and subsequently posted, so I thought I’d send you some fresh meat…Thanks for posting my pictures. If you want MORE, I got at least three Eaton’s gliders that will be rainy day projects. A 1970 and a 74 small frame mens, and a ladies early seventies with a white brooks matress saddle. I love the gliders, because the chrome “Raleigh” fenders, and superbe block pedals came on these models. I wish they had “endrick” rims, though…

The next one I will do will be the men’s 1970. I think I’ll use a spare Raleigh dyno front hub I have been sitting on, and I have a spare Raleigh crank and a superbe rear carrier, this time I’ll use gumwalls instead of Schwalbe whitewalls for a change.
I switched the painted fenders on my superbe and installed chromies liberated from an Eaton’s Glider.  Much prettier!

3 responses

  1. jamie t toro

    Take your time and it will be a learning experience for you.

    September 14, 2015 at 10:25 am

  2. Michael Mitchell

    Good job Basil, the Superbe looks great, and what a transformation. I like how you got the paint looking good, and left the spots without paint and I guess smeared them with oil. It is plain to see that you put a lot of elbow grease into it, and that you seem to have had a balanced approach to the restoration that is very appealing.
    The chrome plating came out really well.

    Nice ride you have there!


    September 25, 2015 at 10:34 am

    • I’m curious about the paint restoration as well.

      September 25, 2015 at 10:45 am

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