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1981 Raleigh DL-1 Tourist For Sale

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:

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Good Website

Found this bicycle blog today.

The Bike Shed

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Triumph 3 Speed

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.

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CCM Imperial Mark II

This popped up on Kijiji Toronto today @ $150.00.

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1938 Falcon Update

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″.

P1140802 P1140799 P1140800 P1140801The paint looks pretty rough under the camera flash but not so bad in person. We call it a patina…

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 2.31.19 PMFrom the 1938 catalogue. “Unchippable” electric blue paint.

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….

20101214-GTSS1Snow storm, 1944. The Falcon was already 7 years old by this point.


Positive Experience at Urbane Cyclist

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


Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show!


Archie Recommends This 3 Speed Shifter!

$_57-1A Bendix 3 speed shifter.

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1938 Hercules Falcon Update

I’ve given the bike a quick makeover.

P1140744 P1140739I’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.

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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!!!

fulcrum2I suspect that George from Parts Unknown will have one.

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!

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1938 Hercules Falcon

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…

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New Project

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…

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Indicator Chain Adjustment

Sometimes the indicator chain has been switched (there were a few versions) but as a rule of thumb, this generally works.

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Brampton 3 Speed Hub and Trigger

I’ve never heard of these before…



A Bevy of Bikes

Reader Basil S. writes:

1)pic 023) My first Nottingham built Raleigh Superbe was found behind a factory in the Niagara area. Left by owner’s wife years ago, It was 100% complete, but had been left outside so long, there were bee’s nests in the handlebars and vines growing through the spokes. After oiling the chain, the original tires held air,and I rode it for a few laps. I think it date codes as a 1973.

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.

3)pic DSC1836) All the lights work. The mice ate the seat liner, and the grips need changed. This one’s ridden daily as a single mother’s grocery getter and transportation. It needs a respoke now. there are three broken spokes in the rear wheel.
4)pic DSC1831) This Gazelle was my friend’s mother in law’s. She went back home to Holland for a summer after she retired, and bought it there, rode it around, and had it shipped home in 1985.
Again, needed nothing other than air to be rideable.
5)pic 277)After the standard refit of a 22T rear sprocket, and all white 28″ Schwalbes, new grips and a newer used seat were added. I found the saddlebags at the vintage bike show in Brantford. I ride this almost daily.
6)pic 391)My daughter’s Raleigh was purchased for $60 bucks at the Brantford vintage bike show. complete and rideable, it codes out as a Canadian built Raleigh Superbe. It was missing the lights, and the fenders were wrong. we swapped out Eaton’s Glider chrome fenders, polished every surface, and fitted cables, tires, chain, etc. She added a Nantucket basket. The seat, grips, bell, and valve stem caps all have the matching owl theme. She rides it almost daily with her basket full of groceries.
7)picDSC 3330) I found this 1977 Canadian made Raleigh Sports on Kijiji. It doesn’t have a scratch on it, and everything is original. The light takes D cell batteries.
8)pic DSC3328) Look at how perfect the seat is!
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Correct Trigger Position


pic-517I like to position mine as close to the brake lever as possible and parallel to the ground (flat).



3 Speed CCM Imperial Mark IV

This showed up on Kjiji Hamilton today @ $160.00.

A mid 60’s CCM Imperial Mark IV with a Life Long Guarantee!

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3 Speed Schwinn Metro Cycle

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Robin Hood Sherwood Arrow

Saw this one on Kijiji Kitchener. A Robin Hood Sherwood Arrow, year unknown but I suspect early 1950’s.

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the 1950 Raleigh Parts Calalogue

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Raleigh Ad 1951

Screen shot 2015-01-10 at 10.59.12 AMThis Raleigh Sports Tourist priced at $63.75 in 1951 would still cost $560.00 in today’s money!

The illustrated bicycle above, shows the Dynohub mounted on the left side. This page from the catalogue shows it on the right.

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Two More Gliders

A viewer has sent me some photos of a pair of his and hers Raleigh built Gliders that were recently purchased.

Dated 1972.

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1957 Raleigh Catalogue

Screen shot 2014-12-31 at 4.03.47 PMThe link below should open as a .pdf file.

Raleigh catalogue 1957 (V-CC Library)


Raleigh Catalogue Photos

Not sure of the year, mid 70’s?

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British Made Indian 3 Speeds

indian-bike-shop-copy 1951_indian_scout_advertA good article here on British made Indian bicycles.

The Princess was the girls version and for the boys, the Indian Scout.

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A good photo essay on an Indian Princess restoration.


1962 3 Speed Schwinn Traveler

This bike is for sale in Hamilton at Downtown Bike Hounds for $400.00.

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Street Raleigh

Spotted in Kensington Market.



Vintage Sturmey Archer Advertising

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1971Raleigh Colt 3 Speed

Another bike for sale on Kijiji Toronto. A 1971Raleigh Colt 3 Speed with an asking price of $425.00.

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3 Fall Favourites

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.

P1140309From the left: 1964 Glider, 1973 Raleigh Superbe and a 1967 Dunelt.

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).


trioThe Dunelt has a nice home made leather hub shiner…



1956 Raleigh Sports 3 Speed

Currently offered on Kijiji Toronto @ $500.00.

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