Vintage 3 Speed English Bicycles


Vintage Sunbeam 3 Speed

A blog viewer (Rino) has sent in a short story about his vintage bicycle.

-3The bike was a gift from my brother – as he knew I was looking and looking for an old 3 speed as a go to coffee and grocery store ride.  When I got the bike home I looked her over and got to work. It was a slower process than I wanted but they usually are. So her is what I did:

PAINT: The paint was odd as it looked like a wood table when someone put a cold cup on it – with white fogged spots all over it. I wanted to keep a vintage weathered look so I steel wooled (0000) the paint and then used an automotive clear coat from Duplicolor (best in a can paint I have ever used). The bike came out great keeping the look I wanted.  
WHEELS:  The wheels were pretty thrashed and also mismatched, someone had put a Schwinn rear wheel on her. So after looking and looking I purchase rims from Velo Orange (650b), a totally rebuilt rear SA rear hub (1953). I went vintage Campy on the front hub, could not help that I’m Italian. I purchased the tires also from Velo.
CHROME: All the chrome was rusty, but nothing that hours with steel wool, chrome polish and buffing did not cure.
ACCESSORIES: The Brooks saddle was shot and now is hanging in my office as a wall ornament. But I wanted the bike to make sure that the bike would stand out. So I chose the honey Brooks saddle, hand grips and mud flaps. I was able to find a NOS rear rack which I then put Brooks oiled canvas bags on. Then to top it off I purchase NOS cyclometer, a vintage handle bar flash light and brass bell. I live in SoCal but the vintage bike license is from Hawaii – could not help that one, California had stickers for licenses and the plate is my birth year.
All in all I am really happy with the bike. I am tweaking here and there and a few repairs as just had to rebuild the bottom bracket. But she rides great and I get many compliments on her. I don’t know her age but the closest I found was late 60’s to early 70’s)
Thanks for your site! It is great to see the love and use of these old bikes.
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CCM Rambler 3 Speed

Another 3 speed that popped up on Kijiji Toronto.



Crazy Raleigh Space Rider 3 Speed


1955 Raleigh Built Robin Hood

A good buy @ $125.00 but located in Niagara Falls Ontario.

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Raleigh Sports

This ones also on Kijiji for $130.00.

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Still Another Raleigh Superbe

Listed on Kijiji Toronto for $300.00.

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Vintage Raleigh Glider

Also on Kijiji Toronto is this Raleigh built Eaton’s Glider 3 speed @ $150.00.

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Another Vintage Raleigh

This one popped up on Kijiji Toronto today @ $200.00. The ad claims it’s from 1953 but I think it’s a 70’s bike. Nice Brooks saddle.

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Western Flyer Branded Raleigh


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Raleigh Sports

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Eatons Glider 3 Speed

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Raleigh 3 Speed Boys Bike

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German Supercycle 3 Speed

$(KGrHqV,!qEFEFYnjRPHBRq10bK3NQ~~48_20 $T2eC16h,!)QE9s3HG+UyBRq11GPuSg~~48_20I quite like the throttle style shifters.

Yet Another Raleigh Superbe

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Linus Path Racer Update

Not a vintage bicycle but vintage in Spirit. Linus has introduced a tasteful repro headlight for their bikes. Saddle tool bag by Electra (vinyl), Brooks saddle and wooden rear rack from Canadian Tire.

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CCM Imperial Tandem

There’s a guy who regularly has a couple of bikes for sale at the top of Sorauren Park. This is his latest offering. A mid 60’s CCM Imperial Tandem.

I don’t really see the point of these things but I suppose some find them charming…

P1090389 P1090393 P1090392I bought my first vintage 3 speed from him a few years a go. A Canadian built 1977 Raleigh Superbe which has proved to be a very reliable everyday bike.

p1060137The saddle bags have since been transferred to another Superbe.


Vintage 3 Speed Hercules


1967 Golden Hawk 3 Speed

This showed up on Kijiji Toronto this morning and I can’t find anything about it on the interweb.


CCM Galaxie 3 Speed


$T2eC16d,!)0E9s37HlEpBRpQd2!Ow!~~48_20 $(KGrHqNHJE!FGNWPL!p5BRpQd6N,!w~~48_20This one’s just come up on Kijiji Toronto @ $150.00. It appears to be original and in nice condition.

Original and Complete Raleigh Superbe

This bike is currently for sale on Kijiji Toronto @ $500.00. Considering that the bike is tall, comes with a leather saddle, pump, bag, Dynohub, period horn and the key, the price is reasonable.

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3 Speed Torpado


Simpsons Sears Catalogue

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Rat Bike Trio

Despite the fact that I have several very nice English 3 speeds I tend to ride these 3 Rat Bikes more often. They were all virtually free.

The 67 Dunelt @ $40.00, The green CCM/Supercycle (free from the trash) and the 69 CCM Galaxie ($39.00 in trade).

It’s probably because I’ve invested more of my time into these and I’m not too concerned with their appearance.

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Flying Dutchman 3 Speed

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