Now that fall has arrived here in Canada it’s time to think about putting the bikes away. I’m not an all season rider. These three 3 speeds are my everyday bikes with the Canadian built Superbe seeing the most action. I’ve probably spent the most money on the Superbe over the years from initial purchase @ $160.00 to adding new tires/chain/pedals/pump/brake pads etc.
The vintage saddle bag was $10.00 and the vintage Brooks saddle $80.00.
I like to add some oil to the hub and pump up the tires before they’re retired for the season.
Also I leave the shifter in the 3rd position to take the tension off the indicator chain.
The bikes are hung in the garage and I will occasionally go out and give the back wheel a spin and run through the gears just to circulate the oil.
Also, a little Proofide can be applied to the saddle(s).
My friend Adam gave me a set of shorty fenders yesterday and I think they’re a nice addition to this project.
Genuine English Lightweight!
I’ve pretty much finished the work on this bike and have been riding it quite regularly.
Along with the bars I, added a new (used ) stem. Both items from the Community Bicycle Network on Queen.
The name Dunelt is a combination of the names of two founders, Dunford and Elliot. Originally steel makers in Sheffield, started making motorcycles in Birmingham in 1919, many having Sturmey Archer engines and gearboxes.
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.
I bought this bike for $50.00 in Hamilton a while ago and have been trying to modify it. I still want to swap out the handlebars for something not as wide.
I’ve added a vintage Wrights composite saddle and a period pump (a gift from Len at Mr. Used in Hamilton).
The Dunelt slogan was “Ride Awheel on Sheffield Steel”.
After a day of riding I found the inverted bars too hard on the wrists and have swapped out the bars yet again.
The bike as originally purchased below.
We have a firm date for this year’s show. Sunday, July 28th at Trinity Bellwoods Park here in Toronto. for more information contact the Community Bicycle Network.
I’m in the process of converting it to a three speed path racer and will post more photos as the work progresses.
Canadian winters can be very tough on bikes left outside.
A CCM Imperial Mark IV
Another CCM Galaxie single speed.
And another CCM Galaxie 3 speed.
A rod and lever Denult.
Some great photos from last year’s show can be found here.
Photos by Edward in Toronto.
A small collection of vintage bicycles spotted in Manhattan over the long weekend.
I believe these were also made by Raleigh.