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1958 Raleigh Superbe

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.

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1963 Western Tire 3 Speed

Listed as a CCM built bike, the crank and chrome fender cap look English to me.

The chain guard appears to be Canadian.

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Clean Raleigh Sports 3 Speed

Another Kijiji listing from last week. Not sure of the year or price but I recall that it was quite reasonable.

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Oddball Tandem 3 Speed Update

A reader sent this one in. Anyone have an idea what it is?

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Diarmuid  from Limerick, Ireland writes:

I’ve researched  The tandem and is more than likely a Claude Butler manufactured in London or Notthingham England.

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.

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1968 Robin Hood 3 Speed

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!

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 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.

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Rare Rudge

Currently offered on Toronto Kijiji @ $500.00 OBO.

A 1952 Rudge 3 speed. “Britain’s Best Bicycle”.


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Triumph 3 Speed

Another current Toronto, Kijiji listing. A vintage Triumph 3 speed listed at $100.00.

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Raleigh Laurentian 3 Speed

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.

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Nice CCM 3 Speed

Just listed on Kijiji Toronto, this CCM Galaxie 3 speed appears very clean and original. Reasonably priced at $100.00.

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1961 Raleigh Superbe Update

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.

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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.

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Original colour on the fork tube, a light aqua blue..

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As well as a mounting lug for a full chain case and an oil port.

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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.

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Hard to see but the Superbe logo is still there followed by 2 stars.

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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.


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1961 Raleigh Superbe

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.

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The Good.

1961 Raleigh Superbe

Tall frame

Fairly complete

Rims and hub are clean

Chromed fork ends

Locking fork (no key)

Shifter cable seems good

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The Bad

Tires

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).

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The Ugly

A poor repaint (not sure of original colour).

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1975 Raleigh Sports

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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More Hercules Stuff

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.

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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.

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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.

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I replaced the fulcrum cable stop with a standard SA version.

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Despite my complaints it’s still a nice bike.

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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…

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More Junk! 1950 Hercules Sports

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.

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At some point in it’s 66 years the original trigger has been replaced by a Sturmey Archer 3/4 speed trigger.

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Head badge looks good.

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The drive side crank is strangely bent and filed to clear the chaincase.

I suspect the spindle is backwards…

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Sports Model decal.

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Old style calipers that take a specific cable.

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An N.O.S. cable included in the sale.

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Interesting brake levers.

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An odd cable stop. I don’t think it’s correct.

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Period pump.

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Enclosed chain case.

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Nice grips.

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Hercules A Type 0 three speed hub made under licence from Sturmey Archer.

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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.

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1975 Raleigh Sports Update

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

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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.

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Raleigh Built Glider For Sale

Another 3 speed Eatons Glider on Kijiji, Toronto. Appears to be in good shape with the seller asking for a best offer.

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Raleigh 3 Speed Tourist For Sale

A new Toronto Kijiji posting with the seller asking $400.00 or best offer.

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The Great Pretender

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.

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A modern Simcoe bicycle clearly trying to duplicate the original.

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”


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Interesting Raleigh 3 Speed

Blog reader Steve T. brought this one to my attention. Advertised on Kijiji close to Kingston.

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A mid to late 50’s Raleigh with US Army markings.

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I suspect the headlamp was transplanted from another bike as I don’t think the US used any British Bikes. I could be wrong.

Perhaps it was a movie prop.

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1966 Dunelt 3 Speed

Also on Kijij this week is this 1966 Dunelt 3 speed with a leather Wrights saddle. Seller is asking $230 but I’m sure is open to a reasonable offer.

I’m not sure but it looks like the front forks could be bent.

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Raleigh Sports 3 Speed

Here’s a nice coffee/bronze coloured Sports with a Dynohub listed on Kijiji, Toronto @ $175.00.

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2016 Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show!

Save the Date.

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Raleigh Shopper 3 Speed

Another Kijiji posting here in Toronto. An early 70’s non folding Raleigh RSW. Located in Parkdale, seller is looking for a reasonable offer.

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Super Superbe

A tidy and complete example currently listed on Kijiji, Toronto @ $260.00

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Kijiji Listings

A couple of interesting bikes on Kijiji, Toronto this morning.

A mid 60’s Raleigh Sports @ $190.00 with a somewhat cumbersome “Sportshift”.

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And a good lookin’ mid 70’s Raleigh Tourist @ $250.00.

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1966 Dunelt 3 Speed

Currently advertised on Kijiji, Toronto. Asking price is $275.00.

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The $3.00 Bicycle

This one’s back together and somewhat roadworthy. Total costs to date (excluding labour):

New brake cable @ $3.00

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It rides and shifts OK but I think I’ll shell out for a new shifter cable ($8.00) and a new pair of brake pads ($5.00).

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It just needs a bit more cleaning and some fine tuning.


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Ruff and Ready Robin Hood

Another bike on Kijiji, Toronto. A mid 50’s Robin Hood 3 speed. The owners are looking for an enthusiast to purchase and restore. Price is negotiable.

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Definetly a challenge, but worth somebody’s time.

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Ruff and Ready…


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Another Eatons Glider

I was looking for a Ladies’ bike for a friend of mine who is coming to town shortly and I didn’t want to spend too much as she’s only here for a month or so. George at Parkdale Bicycles had this Eatons Glider 5 speed out front and was kind enough to give it to me for this project.The frame was in decent shape and he had already repacked the bearings. The derailleur was missing as well as any cables and pads.

I decided to make it into a 3 speed as I have the parts in the shed.

The hub is dated 1965.

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The only real costs on this will be for some new cables and pads. I’m hoping to keep this one under $20.00!

I think it will serve it’s purpose and when my friend returns to Mexico I’ll return the bike to George for him to sell. My work will count as a rental….

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1974 Raleigh Superbe

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.

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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.

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The coveted “R” nuts were there.

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The Dynohub spun freely but did not seem to work.

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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.