Sara from Phoenix sent me these photos of her bike that she’s selling.
a 1980 Raleigh DL-1. She’s owned the bike for 28 years and is ready to find a new home for it. She’s asking $500.00. Located in Phoenix. Email address:
For sale on Kijiji Toronto @ $110.00.
Not much to look at but could be the start of a nice project or a parts bike and the price is right.
I think I’m finished with this for now.
I re routed the gear cable through a fulcrum and a cable guide, put on some vintage block pedals and a bell.
I also shortened the ends of the handlebars by about 1 1/2″.
The price of £6:8:0 for the 3 speed version converts to $672.00 in today’s money.
A solid investment for a working man in 1938!
Now I just need the weather to co operate….
In the past I have met with resistance at some of the bike shops here in Toronto when it comes to vintage bikes, but I want to relate a positive experience I had today with
Urbane Cyclist on John St.
Urbane Cyclist Worker Co-op Bicycle Store | 180 John St. Toronto M5T 1X5
Your Search: “sturmey archer” – Urbane Cyclist Bicycle Store | Toronto M5T 1X5
Looking at their website, they had a page of Sturmey Archer parts and the elusive Fulcrum Stop was listed as in stock. it’s the only thing I need to complete my 1937 Hercules Falcon. I made the trek downtown and although the Parts Manager assured me he had some (27 in stock) he couldn’t find them….
He just called me to say that they’d been located and would put a couple aside for pick up. This was a fair bit of work for a $2.00 part!
They also carry the correct size cotter pins.
Martin at Hoop Driver on College is also very helpful.
Hoopdriver Bicycles ? Distinctive Urban and Touring Bicycles
I’ve given the bike a quick makeover.
I’ve sapped out the fenders for some vintage Bluemel’s mini fenders, flipped the bars and added a brooks saddle. I’ve also replaced the plastic faced trigger with an all metal one from the mid 1950’s.
The bike has been altered (for the better) over the years so I have no guilt in trying to preserve it’s originality. The frame (especially the top bar) is rough but I don’t mind. NOS Weinmann 730 brakes were put on at some point and the wheelset is dated 1967.
It’s what we used to call a “Bitsa” bits from one bike and bits from another….
The bike also came with a vintage Apex Ultra-lite hand pump.
The stem is GB.
I still want to re route the gear cable over a pulley on the seat tube but need to get one little part.
The elusive Fulcrum Stop!!!
I’d like to find an original chain ring as well.
Although looking at the catalogue pages below, the current chain ring looks to be original.
Also the bikes came with a 50 year guarantee, which would have expired in 1988!
It would appear that this bike was well documented by it’s previous owner, Tom. Some of his photos below as well as some vintage ephemera…
This one came in today. A 1938 Hercules Falcon. The frame and fenders are original while the wheels are dated 1967 and there are some modern NOS brakes as well as new tires. It came without the leather saddle but the pump was included! I’ve got a plan to turn out another Path Racer…
Sometimes the indicator chain has been switched (there were a few versions) but as a rule of thumb, this generally works.
Reader Basil S. writes:
2)pic 050) Around 40 hours were spent to restore this. We bought all the new parts at “Vintage Velo” in Paris, Ont. We replaced the chain, 22T rear sprocket, cables, and new Schalwbe tires and tubes. this cost about $150.00 inc. tax. NOTHING was repainted. All ‘patina” was left as found, I just compounded all the painted surfaces, polished all the rust off the pitted chrome, and sanded every spoke till they shined.
This showed up on Kjiji Hamilton today @ $160.00.
A mid 60’s CCM Imperial Mark IV with a Life Long Guarantee!
Saw this one on Kijiji Kitchener. A Robin Hood Sherwood Arrow, year unknown but I suspect early 1950’s.
the 1950 Raleigh Parts Calalogue
The illustrated bicycle above, shows the Dynohub mounted on the left side. This page from the catalogue shows it on the right.
A viewer has sent me some photos of a pair of his and hers Raleigh built Gliders that were recently purchased.
The Princess was the girls version and for the boys, the Indian Scout.
This bike is for sale in Hamilton at Downtown Bike Hounds for $400.00.
Another bike for sale on Kijiji Toronto. A 1971Raleigh Colt 3 Speed with an asking price of $425.00.
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).