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.”
Not too sure what this bike is…..
A Raleigh Roadster with lever brakes and a caliper up front, drum on the back.
Here’s a rare bike for sale here in Toronto. An early 60’s Dawn Tourist.
The owner is asking $600.00 OBO.
Taking into account the condition, originality, completeness and original accessories, this price may not be too far off….
The ad reads:
|I’m selling my RALEIGH Superbe Dawn Tourist from the 1960s.
This is a very rare British bicycle to find and I imagine this to be the only one of it’s kind in the GTA.
It comes complete with original saddle bag, ROD BRAKES, Internal Dynohub (lighting system), 3 speed sturmey archer gear hub, front & rear lights, original raleigh kickstand, full chaincase, rare white raleigh branded pedals, original Brooks b73 leather saddle & rare vintage Lucas “King Of The Road” challis style brass bell!
There are many features that make this bike very unique and collectible, including the front mudflap, full chaincase, hand pump, supplemental battery unit, locking front fork (with orig key!), white hand grips and matching pedals.
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),
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.
This one is reasonably priced at $150.00 on Kijiji Toronto. It appears complete and in good condition and a large frame. It has the self adjusting brakes which would make it a 1973-1974 model.
Another Kijiji listing from last week. Not sure of the year or price but I recall that it was quite reasonable.
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.
This one’s still for sale on Kijiji, Toronto. A rare bike, the current owner has spent quite a bit of time cleaning it up and re-packing bearings etc. Comes with a working Dynohub and a nice period frame pump.He’s asking $270.00.
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.
I decided not to paint this bike for the time being. I was anxious to get it back together and take advantage of the warm fall weather. Costs to date:
Bike purchase @ $50.00
New Tires @ $32.00
New Cables @ $18.00
New Brake Pads @ $6.00
Brake lever ferrule @ .40 cents (Outrageous!)
The chain ring crank needs to be straightened and I’ll repaint later.
Saddle is OK for now but will look for a vintage leather one.
I’ve also replaced both calipers with “newer” versions to do away with the proprietary earlier ones.
Took it for a shakedown ride today and have a few adjustments to make.
Another Toronto Kijiji posting. A vintage Robin Hood 3 speed, year unknown but I suspect early 1960’s. This one’s located at College and Bathurst and reasonably priced at $139.00.
Looking again, it looks like the front fork might be bent.
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).
I spent some time on this one yesterday. A Mid to late 70’s Tourist. The previous owner had removed the complete rod and lever brake system and replaced with a simple coaster brake.
Coaster brake appears to be a Shimano CB-100 from 1975 or so. Rear wheel is a Canadian sized 28″ x 1 1/2″ while the front is a British Westrick rim.
The paint and chrome on this bike is in very good condition.
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.
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.
Blog reader, Cassandra has sent me some photos of a pair of bikes rescued from the trash. She writes:
“Hey, just wanted to say your blog is great! My husband and I have just recently gotten into biking, and are really enjoying it. We just pulled a his and hers matching set from the trash. They are supercycle from Canadian tire, but I’m not sure on the year. The gear shifts are on the neck of the handle bars, maybe that will help? They are really cool bikes, I can email you pictures if you are interested in seeing them; I think they are a good find, but I don’t know much about vintage bicycles.”
Good job saving these from land fill.
It’s hard to tell from the photos but I think they’re Raleigh built bikes.
My only clue is the pedal style which Raleigh used in the early 70’s.
I have the same ones on a 1972 Raleigh Superbe. This style was a cost cutting measure as they don’t have bearings.
Supercycle, the house brand of Canadian Tire bought bikes from several suppliers over the years that they re-branded. CCM, Raleigh and Bridgestone all supplied bikes.
Also, look for a “Made in Canada” sticker at the bottom of the seat tube and look at the rear derailleur.
A closer look at the head badge reveals “Made in Canada”,
which probably means assembled in Canada.
This site, Disraeli Gears is a good resource to date your bike.
Anyone else care to weigh in these?
I wouldn’t spend too much $$ on these, but new tires and brake pads wouldn’t be too much and you can try polishing the chrome with some tin foil and water (this really works!).
Good luck and send me some “after” photos.
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.