Vintage 3 Speed English Bicycles


The Bitsa Semi


I had this one out for a full day of city errands last week and other than getting caught in the rain, it was an absolute pleasure to ride.

Without the fenders and chain guard the bike is virtually silent, no rattles or squeaks.

At 50+ years the fenders and chain guards on these bikes are generally pretty rough and beat up. They’e stored in the garage for future projects.

I made it up to Yonge and Eglinton (Uphill all the way) and stayed on the pedals the entire way…no pushing.

One of the nicest hubs and shifters in the fleet and with a 19T cog on the back the gearing is just right.

According to George at Parts Unknown, the Raleigh built Glider frames have a different geometry than a true Raleigh.

4 responses

  1. There’s such a thing as “uphill” in Toronto? 😉

    May 19, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    • Yes!
      Toronto lies in the valley of a much bigger glacial lake. Our Davenport road is an old Indian trail along the earlier shoreline.

      May 19, 2018 at 6:37 pm

  2. curt saxton

    Looks great, I actually prefer the look without fenders and chain guard. Working on a Schwinn Sturmey Archer three speed beach cruiser myself this week. Never worked on a three speed with internal coaster brake so it’ll be a learning experience.

    May 20, 2018 at 7:18 am

    • I quite like a coaster brake bike. You should consider adding a caliper up front for safety.

      May 20, 2018 at 7:29 am

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