Sadly, this one was stolen a few days after completion..
It was my own fault as it wasn’t locked and parked by a patio I was sitting on……
I couldn’t let this one go with mis-matched tires, plus it needed some refinements as well.
I didn’t want to spend any more money on it but still wanted it looking presentable.
New tires were purchased for a couple of my regular bikes and the discards (still good) made their way onto the Brown Bike. I also added a pair of shortened inverted bars, a newer brake lever and new pads.
The headset bearings were feeling a little “crunchy” and when I got it apart I found that I’d put an extra bearing in the top……
I took it out for a couple of hours today for a shakedown and it’s quite a nice riding bicycle.
The patio bike rack.
Another 3 speed Eatons Glider on Kijiji, Toronto. Appears to be in good shape with the seller asking for a best offer.
I’ve done a quick rebuild on this one. Originally a 5 speed, I bought the frame for $20.00 and spent as little as possible to put it back together. Not much to look at but it rides fine and stops…
The rear wheel has a 1968 Sturmey Archer Coaster hub and there’s a single caliper on the front.
Total cost on this one:
Frame @ $20.00
Back Wheel and tire @ $10.00
2 cotter pins @ $2.00
Supplies @ $5.00
Everything else was either on the frame or came from pieces in the shed.
Frame also came with a nice period kickstand which will migrate over to one of my bikes in need.
This will either go to a former student (at cost) or be a loaner for a friend who’s coming to visit.
Reasonably priced at $160.00, this bike is currently for sale on Kijiji Toronto.
A Bitsa is a British term for something (usually a motorbike) that’s made from bits of this and bits of that….
I had said I would tidy up a bike for a young woman that I work with.
She picked up a CCM 3 Speed from me last week and wanted to give her old bike to her mother. It turned out to be an odd Swedish bike, a Crescent. I ended up getting the bike about 80% back together before I realized that the frame was badly bent…..
A quick visit to George at Parts Unknown produced a very nice Ladies Norman bicycle circa 1960 (pre Raleigh). Anything useable was salvaged from the original bike and transfered, including the aluminum rims, stem and bars, basket, etc.
I was able to salvage some useful 3 Speed parts from the Norman and transfer to some other projects.
The bike is currently set up with a coaster brake back wheel and a single front caliper. The chain guard is from an Eatons Glider.
Not a show bike but quite presentable
This bike showed up on Kijiji this morning. A 1975 Eatons Glider 6 speed, hand built in the Carlton Workshop.
It sold in a matter of minutes. A very collectable bike that’s really a re-branded Carlton Corsa…
A catalogue page for the 1974 Carlton line. Not sure why there’s a guy in a dirty smock loading a shotgun….
This example recently sold in England for $600.00. Although Carlton was part of the Raleigh family their bicycles were still hand made for the most part.
From the web:
“The Corsa was an ordinary steel framed bike, with a steel, cotter pinned chainset. The wheels had chromed steel rims. The gears were by Huret. The brakes were centre pull Weinman. There was a sticker on the frame saying ‘TI Raleigh’ tubing. The forks were chromed on the bottom half – a desirable feature at the time.”
Two more Raleigh built Eatond Gliders for sale on Kijiji Toronto.
The green one is a tall single speed but a good candidate for a 3 speed conversion.
This year’s show is scheduled for July 24th at Trinity Bellwoods Park here in Toronto.
Keep posted for details.
This one’s currently on Craigslist, Toronto. A mid 60’s Raleigh built Glider for Eatons Canada. Obviously needs some work but could be a good basis for a project. Owner is asking $150.00.
I’ve probably finished up with this one for the time being.
Despite the fact that I had just told myself “no more bikes”, this one appeared on my neighbour’s lawn yesterday with a for sale sign. I paid full price, $40.00! It had several nice parts on it that have already been harvested and installed on my 1960 Norman.
There’s a small threaded lug behind the chain ring for attaching a full chain case.
- Below, a Raleigh Sports version of the same bike.
Here’s a couple of 3 speeds currently for sale on Kijiji Toronto.
A very clean Raleigh Superbe located in Newmarket for $225.00
Next, a Raleigh built Eatons Glider with an asking price of $300.00.
Not a 3 speed but worthy of a mention. A nice clean. original bike at a reasonable price.
Currently available on Kijiji Toronto @ $160.00. The seller writes:
Vintage 1972 Raleigh Carlton Glider 10-speed road bike.
21.5-inch fully lugged and brazed frame made of TI-Raleigh proprietary 2030 high tensile tubing. Frame set made by Carlton in Worksop , England and bike assembled for Eatons by Raleigh in Nottingham. Chromed forks.
Sold by Eatons of Canada as a Raleigh “Truline Glider”.
Should fit a rider from 5’4″ to 5’9″ approx.
Most Eatons Gliders were single speed, 3-speed or 5-speed cruisers. This is one of the higher-end 10-speed racing models with Carlton frame and French and English drive parts.
Weinmann aluminum alloy brake levers with Carlton hoods
Weinmann aluminum alloy brake callipers – front and rear
Raleigh crank arms &
Raleigh chainrings (40 & 52 teeth)
Simplex front derailleur &
Simplex Prestige rear derailleur
Simplex gear levers and
GB aluminum alloy handlebar,
GB aluminum alloy handlebar stem
See many more pics of the bike here:
This is the banner that appeared on Kijiji for this Raleigh built 3 speed Glider offered @ $135.00.
3 speeds are now hip!
This is the 500th post on Three Speed Mania!!
These two 3 speeds showed up on Kijiji Toronto today.
First, a British made Supercycle offered at $135.00.
This one appears very clean and original (except missing fenders) and very good value for the price.
Bike is located in the Toronto area.
I’m not sure what to call these bikes…
Monkey Bike? Banana Bike? Chopper Bike?
A viewer has sent me some photos of a pair of his and hers Raleigh built Gliders that were recently purchased.
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).
Last post on this one until spring.
A pair of old Raleigh black rubber grips replaced the original red plastic ones.
Last Sunday’s shakedown ride proved to be a bit of a disaster.
I had to stop en route to buy some wrenches to tighten various bolts (I needed a new set anyway and they were on sale).
Then the NOS brake cables I’d put on started to bind really badly. I think the ferrules were too small and were getting twisted in their housing.
Finally I locked the bike up outside the El Mocambo to see some (work related) wrestling and when I came out some Jackass had locked his bike to mine!!!
I killed some time in Kensington but when I returned it was still locked so I removed the Brooks saddle and the hand pump and took the streetcar home.
In any case, I got the bike back the next day and replaced the brake cables with some refurbished Sturmey Archer originals I had in the garage.
I’m still on the lookout for a mini fender (or fenderette) for the front wheel.
Today’s ride was a success and it’s one of the cleanest shifting hubs I’ve had.
I’ll probably flip them back to their normal position.
Here are some before photos of the bike that was purchased in Dundas Ontario last week.
I had a very productive day gathering supplies and parts for this current project.
A few new spokes on the back wheel, the bottom bracket got new bearings and was repacked as well as the stem bearings.
I re-used the original tubes but already had some new tires in the shed.
I find that old inner tubes hold the pressure better than modern ones.
Also had an old style thumb shifter in the garage.
New vintage style pedals from Martin at Hoop Driver Bicycles on College.
I like the old style 3 speed cable system with the carrier wheel at the back. I’m just missing the little hard plastic “stop” that holds the cable housing. I’ve made a temporary one out of a rubber grommet and a brake ferrule but will look for the proper piece today.
Total cost of this project to date:
Bicycle and vintage pump $100
New chain $14.00
New pedals $20.00
Assorted used parts $20.00
Cables/tires/pads and saddle I already had on hand.
Time to put together: Priceless!
Another Raleigh built Eatons Glider 3 Speed for sale last week on Kijiji Toronto.
From the pedals it looks like it’s from the early to mid 70’s.
I can’t remember the asking price but recall it being quite reasonable.
On the street.
Here’s a nice shiny example of a Raleigh built Glider for the Eatons Department store chain.
It can be found on Kijiji Toronto.
Also on Kijiji Toronto is this Raleigh built Eaton’s Glider 3 speed @ $150.00.