Here’s a rare bike for sale here in Toronto. An early 60’s Dawn Tourist.
The owner is asking $600.00 OBO.
Taking into account the condition, originality, completeness and original accessories, this price may not be too far off….
The ad reads:
|I’m selling my RALEIGH Superbe Dawn Tourist from the 1960s.
This is a very rare British bicycle to find and I imagine this to be the only one of it’s kind in the GTA.
It comes complete with original saddle bag, ROD BRAKES, Internal Dynohub (lighting system), 3 speed sturmey archer gear hub, front & rear lights, original raleigh kickstand, full chaincase, rare white raleigh branded pedals, original Brooks b73 leather saddle & rare vintage Lucas “King Of The Road” challis style brass bell!
There are many features that make this bike very unique and collectible, including the front mudflap, full chaincase, hand pump, supplemental battery unit, locking front fork (with orig key!), white hand grips and matching pedals.
For sale on Kijiji, Toronto, a 1958 Raleigh Superbe with an asking price of $350.00. I think that number is optimistic considering how much work would be needed to restore.
On the plus side, the paint looks quite good.
I decided not to paint this bike for the time being. I was anxious to get it back together and take advantage of the warm fall weather. Costs to date:
Bike purchase @ $50.00
New Tires @ $32.00
New Cables @ $18.00
New Brake Pads @ $6.00
Brake lever ferrule @ .40 cents (Outrageous!)
The chain ring crank needs to be straightened and I’ll repaint later.
Saddle is OK for now but will look for a vintage leather one.
I’ve also replaced both calipers with “newer” versions to do away with the proprietary earlier ones.
Took it for a shakedown ride today and have a few adjustments to make.
Bike has already stripped down and some evidence as to it’s originality have been found.
Hub dates from July 1961. There’s a serial number on the BB.
Another on the top of the seat tube. The third digit would appear the represent 1961.
RC = Raleigh Canada Export
BB number still a mystery.
Original colour on the fork tube, a light aqua blue..
As well as a mounting lug for a full chain case and an oil port.
The chromed fork ends also leads me to believe that 1961 is correct.
I started to sand the frame and the old decal set was revealed, briefly.
Definetly a Superbe.
Hard to see but the Superbe logo is still there followed by 2 stars.
I also think the white painted head tube suggests a Canadian export model. There’a a faint Made in England decal where it should be as well.
This one literally showed up in my backyard yesterday…
My neighbour, Dan had bought it last week, removed the dynohub and decided he didn’t want it. We agreed on a price, $50.00 and there you have it.
1961 Raleigh Superbe
Rims and hub are clean
Chromed fork ends
Locking fork (no key)
Shifter cable seems good
Old style calipers that require the special Raleigh brake cable
Non period trigger
Chain wheel crank looks a little bent.
Missing Dynohub (I have a spare in the garage).
A poor repaint (not sure of original colour).
A neighbour brought this bike over the other day for me to have a look at. She’d bought it on an impulse last year and now realizes that it’s too tall and heavy for her to ride and carry up to her apartment….
A responsible seller should have told her this.
Someone was interested in buying it and I just gave it a quick cleaning and topped up the oil/air etc.
An examination revealed it to be a 1974 Canadian built model and as far as I could tell was completely original with a few exceptions.
The coveted “R” nuts were there.
The Dynohub spun freely but did not seem to work.
The old style bell was very nice.
The bike had new tires and pads and rode very well.
There is a lesson here for people that want to buy a vintage bicycle. There’s a greater amount of owner responsibility in the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of these things than with some modern bikes.
It’s now somehow cool to ride one of these around but you need to be prepared to do your homework.
Here’s another one recently listed on Kijiji Toronto.
A 23″ frame with an asking price of $280.00. This could be a Canadian built bike.
Another Kijiji Toronto listing. This one appears to be very clean and complete.
Seller is asking $370.00 and he has the fork key.
This one’s for sale on Kijiji Toronto @ $350.00 or best offer.
Very clean and original. This is one of the nicest I’ve seen.
Reader, Steve, has sent me some photos of his latest project.
“This started out as a 1976 Raleigh Superbe that had been stored in the basement for years by original owner. The Paint was excellent, tires rotted, rims rusted inside & pitted outside. Bought Sun rims & new tires but it just kept going.”
The brakes have been upgraded as well. Dia Copmpe 812 Calipers.
“Saw them had to have them , 80 mm reach they fit the rear of the wheel of the Superbe with 2mm to spare. The cables are Clarks SS cables with lined housing . The combination works really well with no effort.or binding. “
Below, Steve the owner .
To everyone that participated in this year’s show.
Photos to follow.
This one’s been messed around with but could be brought back to original. The Dynohub and lights are all intact.
This one is currently for sale in Parkdale, Toronto.
Here’s a link to the ad on Craig’s List
All in all a very nice bike with all the accessories.
This one, currently for sale on Kijji appears to be in very good original condition.
1972 must have been a good year for Raleigh in Canada as the ’72 model seems to be available in abundance lately. I picked this one up (from Kitchener) on Sunday as a Fathers’ Day gift for my Father-in-law.
Nice paint and decals.
This Raleigh Superbe appears to have never been ridden and is in virtually brand new showroom floor condition. As such it’s a valuable restoration resource for the placement of decals and clips etc. Even the angle of the shifter seems factory set. It even comes with the original fork key. This bike would have retailed for approx. $104.00 in 1972, using the Bank of Canada’s Inflation Calculator, that works out to $550.00 to buy the same product today. The Superbe was always Raleigh’s top of the line model, and continues to hold it’s value.
The potential buyer wrote the prices out. $74.95 for the top of the line Superbe.That would come out to $467.29 today.