Picked these up yesterday from a local flea market.Real leather and in almost new condition. They were made for a small horse or pony but will adapt well to a bicycle.
I’m working on a television show that takes place in the 1920’s and am looking to purchase some local (Toronto area) Raleigh DL-1 Tourists as props.
Looking for complete bikes, men’s or ladies and would pay a reasonable price.
We picked up a nice ladies Tourist this morning for $250.00.
The one pictured was $150.00 but has had the rod and lever brake system removed and the rear hub has been replaced with a coaster brake.
My plan is to remover the triggers and replace the rear cogs.
Tires and brake pads will be replaced as well.
I’ve also bought a couple of old CCM coasters as well.
If anyone has anything please let me know.
All in all a very quick and easy turnaround on this one.
I think my camera’s on a strange setting….
Luckily, the bike was very complete and original to start with.
-Bike purchase @ $150.00
-New Tires @ $32.00
-New tubes @ $10.00
-New Cables @ $4.00
-New cotters and brake pads @ $16.00
-New ferrels and cable ends @ $2.00
-Supplies @ $5.00
This number does not reflect any labour.
From stock I pulled some period pedals, a couple of cable guides and an old Wrights saddle.
I re used the original ribbed cable housings as well as the 3 speed cable.
Still to finish:
-Attach rat trap
-Attach kick stand
-Perhaps attach lock
Progress has been made. Once again those cotter pins have proved to be difficult.
The drive side popped out with a couple of stern whacks of the hammer, the other side wouldn’t budge. I ended up drilling it out with no damage to the crank or spindle.
Judging by the grease inside the BB, this bike hasn’t been ridden in years. The cups look good so if the weather here in Toronto clears up it should be back on the road next weekend.
Front and back hubs cleaned and re packed with new tires courtesy of George at Parkdale Bicycles at 1428 Queen Street West.
Re assembly has started. I will replace the pedals with either some new MKS pedals or some old Raleigh pedals from the spares bin.
Starting to look like a bicycle.
Jamie T. writes:
I spent the afternoon yesterday stripping the bike and making a plan.
Hubs and rims cleaned up quite well.
Fenders are in good shape as well.
It came with this period wheel lock that I don’t think will be put back on.
Sadly, the cotter pins are frozen solid. I may need to visit George at Parts Unknown to use his press.
Picked this up today. It actually looks much better in the photos than in person, but it wasn’t expensive and quite complete.
-Paint is good and will clean up
-Original ribbed cables (all work well
-Plastic trigger face not cracked
-Period saddle bag attached
-Brooks vinyl saddle OK
-Interesting period wheel lock
-Rims have surface rust but may polish out
-Rear hub is missing the oil port (Bolt in it’s place)
My plan is to strip the bike and re-assemble. More than likely I’ll pass it on to someone at cost (Bike + parts). Someone contacted me last week looking for a bike so it may go to him. He’s a little put off by the colour, but I like it.
What is a Scorcher (of the 1890s)?
The question came up on another blog as to “what is a scorcher?” in reference to an 1896 pledge by a cyclist not to be one. A cyclist who was a scorcher was commonly understood to ride aggressively at high speeds outside of controlled races risking crashes with other riders, pedestrians, and others. The scorcher was also commonly criticized for his (or her) less than upright seat on the bicycle. (This posture, however, was perfectly OK during a race . . . ) Since the bicycles of the day either had no brakes at all or generally poor ones compared to what we are used to today, the potential for mayhem was that much greater.
My Bitsa Scorcher.
The Black Bomber
-Raleigh 10 speed frame (free)
-Swapped out Raleigh 3 speed bottom bracket
-Painted flat black
-Rear hub is a Bayliss Wiley single speed coaster brake laced to a 28″ British Westrick rim
-Front wheel is a 28″ Canadian rim (different tire size)
-Inverted bars with a scavenged Raleigh front caliper brake for saftey
-Saddle is a leather Wrights
-new chain and tires
Good info on Bayliss Wiley:
Here’s a good looking Superbe for sale on Kijiji Toronto.
When looking for a vintage 3 speed, originality is always a factor in the purchase.
This one has some good and bad features. The mini fenders or “fenderettes” are not original but a nice period accessory, The cable clips appear original and are much better than the cable ties you often see. The saddle does not look like a Brooks.
A Superbe with a key is always a good sign.
Provided by Chris S.
“I bought these from the original owners who were moving. These two bikes were purchased new in 1973 at Canadian tire in Fredericton. Made by Raleigh and badged Supercycle. The woman’s bike was used for a short time to commute, while the men’s bike was not ridden more than a handful of times. The original tires show very little wear on the women’s bike, and none at all on the men’s bike, which still has the casting flash on the center rib.
They were both hung up in the garage in the late 1970’s, and there they remained until recently. Original everything. Tires, seats cables, grips, all original and complete. The woman’s bike has a slow leak in the front tire, but it stayed up long enough for a test ride in my driveway. Both bikes are fully functional. The shifter and brakes work as they did when they were put into storage. I did some superficial cleaning but not very much.
Bruno, from Italy, has sent some photos of his various projects. Although they’re not English (my preference) they are Sturmey Archer equipped 3 speeds.
Hello again Greg,
It’s Sunday … I attach here a few pictures of some bicycles that I recently bought on line and restored, all Swiss, same bike even though the factory logos are different, wheels 28, same women’s frame, many aluminum parts (brake levers, chain guard, rear rack), all with the sensational “Sturmey Archer” three-speed transmission; I did a soft restoration (total cleaning, vintage new saddles, grips, complete wiring, tail lights);
I still miss and am looking for some more aluminium chain guards (pictures attached), if you have any info about them please, let me know.
(+39) 368 3438010
Bruno, from Italy has spotted this bike on Ebay and requests some info.
“Hello Greg, very kind, here it is, I have lost it for just a few moments on ebay, cost only € 70, if I could have restored it(saddle, pedals, cables, lights, etc.) would have become beautiful
I wait to know anything you discover
ciao and warm regards from Italy.”
“I have a couple of pictures of an English three speed “Super Cycle” bike, I would love to know more about it (name, model etc.), I need a place where to post them.’
It’s hard to see any detail in these photos but, The Super Cycle brand was used by Canadian Tire stores here in Canada. Bicycles were purchased form various suppliers over the years.
These included CCM, Raleigh, Bridgestone and others.
Input is welcome.
Not a 3 speed but an interesting bike all the same. A current Kijiji listing out of Montreal is this 1938 CCM Flyte. Listed at $1700.00 it’s a very collectable Canadian bicycle.
Although it sounds like a lot of money, $1700.00 is not an unreasonable amount.