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).
Another recent listing on Kijiji, Toronto. Owner is asking for best offer.
Not a 3 speed but a good looking bike, all the same. Spotted on St. Patrick Street yesterday.
BSA made guns before they got into bicycles and motorcycles.
Last post on this one until spring.
A pair of old Raleigh black rubber grips replaced the original red plastic ones.
Saw this one on Craigs List Toronto today.
Appears to be very clean @ $400.00.