Raleigh produced specific models for Canada. I believe the white paint on the steering tube is common to these models as well as the name and decals.
Blog reader, Richard, has sent a photo of his restored Armstrong 3 speed.
“In terms of the year my guess in the 60’s this is based off of bike forums research, I sold this 2 years ago before i was tracking serial numbers and before I knew what i know now 🙂 always check the SA hubs for the date to get a rough idea of the bikes age.”
“Looking at my records the bike was an Armstrong “Ross” – look at the shifter and that rear rack… it worked extremely well and I remember it being Extremely light. I am accustomed to the raleigh, supercycle, ccm crusier bikes… this was a different beast.”
I picked this up a few days ago as a gift/payment for a young lady that looks after the pets when we’re away. I offered cash or a bike. She chose a bike.
This is a made in Japan Iverson 3 speed with a Sturmey Archer hub and shifter. Hub is dated 3/72. Research tells me that Iverson is not a well respected brand but I think those remarks refer to their 10 speeds. The paint and decals are in good shape. This one will get the usual rebuild with some new tires/pads and cables. I’m sure it will be a good commuter.
Progress photos to follow.
Below are two more similar bikes on Kijiji Toronto. Both of these appear to have a Shimano 3 speed hub. I can assume that mine was retro fitted with the SA hub at some point over the last 45 years.
I may be done with this one for the time being. I still need to finesse a few things but overall it’s together.
Costs to date:
Glider frame @ $20.00
Wheels from stock
New tires @ $38.00
New chain @ $15.00
New brake pads @ $12.00
New brake cable @ $6.00
New shifter cable @ $8.00
Can of paint @ $7.00
Front caliper and lever @ $5.00
Wrights saddle from stock
Supplies @ $5.00
TOTAL @ $116.00
I should probably add a number for the from stock parts but a lot of them are from salvaged bikes so it’s hard to assign a fixed value.
I made a leather shim for the cable stop.
The bike as originally found (minus the handlebars),
For sale on Kijiji, Toronto. A 1963 Western Flyer 3 speed. Built by CCM with Sturmey Archer parts and re-branded for Western Flyer. Seller is asking $140.00.
Here’s a 1967 3 speed Raleigh built Supercycle in racing trim. Supercycles were made by Raleigh for Canadian Tire stores here in Canada and sold very well. I’m sure my first real bike was a Supercycle (single speed). I wonder if the gold colour was a custom mix for these bikes. Currently listed on Kijiji, Toronto @ $300.00.
Closer examination of the headbadge reveals it does not say made in England, so it may, in fact be a Canadian made Supercycle…. However it does have cottered cranks.
The bike below is also listed on Kijiji, Toronto. However, it looks to me as if the front forks are bent. Listed @ $240.00
Here’s a nice bike that I may have posted before. A late 60’s Raleigh 5 speed Sprite.
This one has the rare dual throttle shifters and appears to be in very nice shape.
Located in Niagara Falls, Canada. The seller is asking $415.00.
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.
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.
Another Kijiji listing.
An early 70’s Eaton’s Glider 3 speed offered at $150.00 including delivery.
The Eaton Family mausoleum in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
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.
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.
Listed as a CCM built bike, the crank and chrome fender cap look English to me.
The chain guard appears to be Canadian.
Another Kijiji listing from last week. Not sure of the year or price but I recall that it was quite reasonable.
A reader sent this one in. Anyone have an idea what it is?
The current owner Patrick from Mayo Ireland who I recently sold it to has in my opinion done a superb restoration .
Not knowing what it was before restoration he chose the current decal shown in the pictures supplied.
Reader Samuel S. has sent some photos of his Robin Hood restoration in progress.
It is a work in progress, I just ordered some parts from Harris Cyclery, and have been polishing up the chrome while I’m waiting. So far its cleaning up nice, I will get some pics together once the parts come in. Your site is great thanks!
Here are some photos of the 1968 Robin Hood, It was a gift from Shawn Granton, the founder of the Society of Three Speeds here in Portland OR. He is a gentleman and a scholar! I have started cleaning some of the rust off the chrome with water and tin foil, seems to work like magic. I took the old break pads off and have some Kool Stop Continentals to put on. So far I ordered, a Sturmey Archer Trigger, a S.A. 3 Speed shift cable, cork grips, and Kenda Black wall tires, some tubes, and a new 1/8″ chain. I plan on looking for some “rat trap” style peddles at the local bike co-op. I want to install new break cables as well. I have no experience working on three speeds and limited experience with bike mechanics in general, so this will be a good/ fun learning experience. I have really enjoyed exploring your website. I will send more pictures as this project progresses.
Currently offered on Toronto Kijiji @ $500.00 OBO.
A 1952 Rudge 3 speed. “Britain’s Best Bicycle”.
Another current Toronto, Kijiji listing. A vintage Triumph 3 speed listed at $100.00.
A recent Kijiji listing for an early 60’s Raleigh Laurentian. These were specific models made for the Canadian market. A good looking bike at a reasonable $135.00 asking price.
Just listed on Kijiji Toronto, this CCM Galaxie 3 speed appears very clean and original. Reasonably priced at $100.00.
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).
This one’s gone to a new home. Sold at cost to a young woman I work with.
Earlier this summer she’d bought this bike. A 1969 CCM Galaxie.
The Galaxie went to her room mate and she traded up to the Raleigh.
Picked this one up today for a reasonable $100.00 (CDN). The young lady I bought from was moving and wants to buy something more modern.
She told me that she’d gotten the bike from a friend’s grandmother and once I started to clean it up I believe her. One clue is the trigger in the flattened position as shipped from the factory. Also the cables and clips are all original and the paint is cleaning up nicely.
The tires were replaced last year and the mechanic had put the front wheel on backwards as the bearing adjuster had backed out quite a bit.
Not sure what I’m going to do with this but I’m sure it will find a good home.
Although I like the look of the enclosed chain case it seems to offer more problems than solutions…
Feeding the chain through was a lesson in physics. Gravity was used to install and then there’s so little space to work at the hub to attach the master link.
Once the chain was installed it was rubbing on the inner guard! Even after adjusting it again there’s no way to see if the chain tension is correct. I’m not sure why the British were so obsessed with keeping the drive line enclosed and running in an oil bath….
It just seems overly complicated and fussy to me.
I’ve made do with some less than perfect cables that were on hand for the time being.
With luck I’ll find some NOS ones to complete.
Speaking of cables, these old style brake cables are equally annoying. Once installed and adjusted there’s hardly any room left to adjust them/ The front one was NOS and it’s close to being maxed out at the barrel.
I replaced the fulcrum cable stop with a standard SA version.
Despite my complaints it’s still a nice bike.
I put the paint lid cover back on and it’s now rubbing…
I’m going to give this bike a little “time out” and perhaps it will have time to reflect on it’s mistakes…
“Hey Lady!, Give this a squeeze.”
I picked this one up today for a fair price. A 1950 Hercules 3 Speed Sports.
This was built before Raleigh aquired the company in 1960.
Here it is purchased.
At some point in it’s 66 years the original trigger has been replaced by a Sturmey Archer 3/4 speed trigger.
Head badge looks good.
The drive side crank is strangely bent and filed to clear the chaincase.
I suspect the spindle is backwards…
Sports Model decal.
Old style calipers that take a specific cable.
An N.O.S. cable included in the sale.
Interesting brake levers.
An odd cable stop. I don’t think it’s correct.
Enclosed chain case.
Hercules A Type 0 three speed hub made under licence from Sturmey Archer.
Made in England! So there you have it.
Work to follow.
This is the closest ad I could find from 1950.
Burgundy with white fenders.
I gave this one a quick cleanup, repacked all the bearings and replaced the brake cables.
Total cost to date:
Purchase @ $100.00
Two cables @ $6.00
Master link @ $5.00
It has the short lived self adjusting brake levers that do seem overly complicated.
The only other thing I want to do is replace the brake pads.
Another 3 speed Eatons Glider on Kijiji, Toronto. Appears to be in good shape with the seller asking for a best offer.
A new Toronto Kijiji posting with the seller asking $400.00 or best offer.
I locked up my Raleigh Superbe last week while I had some lunch and when I came out found a Raleigh clone parked beside it.
A modern Simcoe bicycle clearly trying to duplicate the original.
“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”