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.
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 3 speed that popped up on Kijiji Toronto.
A viewer from Lakefield sent me some photos and a request to date her Canadian built Supercycle 3 speed. She writes:
I bought two matching bicycles, Supercycle, and was wondering if you might know where I could find info re: age, etc. I do have the serial numbers (E followed by six numbers). I’ve attached some pictures. I’m going away for a few weeks so if you do happen to have information on these bikes I would appreciate it. Thanks!
Anita, Lakefield ON
I quite like the green/chartreuse colour but I swapped the Shimano 333 hub and shifter for a Sturmey Archer system.
It’s a two colour application with a silver base and then the green on top.
A nice 10 speed below.
CCM supplied bikes to Canadian Tire that were re branded as Supercycles. Other suppliers include Raleigh and Bridgestone.
The bikes were often assembled from old stock.
Unlike Sturmey Archer, Shimano didn’t stamp a date on their hubs.
This want ad popped up on Kijiji today.
“I saw this bike on the street in very good condition and was wondering how
many of these are sitting in the basements or garages of houses in Toronto.
It is a 10 speed with a seat called Speedic.
I think I paid $60 for it back in the mid-seventies…at Canadian Tire you
can buy a new 18 speed mountain bike for $99, today…go figure. “
A well preserved Speedic sadldle, a Brooks knock off made in Japan.
“They are “sharp/detail/colour accurate” pics and with the bike being in such good condition (especially the
seat) it just brought back a great memory of a 13 year old purchasing a bike
that was far too big. I rode it, re-painted it (red) and had it stolen one day after
school while I was taking driving lessons offered by the school.”
Same colour but made in Japan.
Here’s another one for sale in Kingston Ontario.
Hope this helps.
Unusual and eclectic export model made for the Caribbean/ South/Central American market, 7 years after Raleigh dropped the Rudge name in the US and UK markets.
I’d like to find one of these.
I did manage to sell a bike at the show. This 1953 Humphrey (CCM) found a good home and on the plus side, I didn’t buy a bike!
Another tall Superbe that may be for sale tomorrow at the Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show.
This bike was purchased at the Toronto Vintage Bike Show last year. The owner is a young Actor friend who wishes to remain anonymous (for obvious reasons). He used it in a short film and literally beat the hell out of it.
It was given a quick fix and is ready to ride again.
Note the period correct sparkle hand grips.
This 1949 Raleigh Dawn Tourist may very well be at the Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show this Sunday.
Asking price, a reasonable $400.00
There was a famous Toronto cyclist named Rob McLeod.
At the 1933 Canadian Cycling Championships Bob McLeod won all three official races (half-mile, mile and two-mile) and George Crompton finished second in the two-mile race. In June 1934 Crompton, McLean and McLeod finished second, third and fourth in a championship race at the Canadian National Exhibition track.
McLeod represented Canada at the 1934 British Empire Games (Commonwealth Games). He surprised the world by beating a very strong field to win the premier cycling event of the games – the 10-mile race. In addition McLeod came second in the time trial.
When he returned home McLeod received a hero’s welcome. He was carried up Bay St. in flag draped chair by a large group of Toronto messengers (including Crompton and McLean) to the CNT messenger office.
All three CNT messengers continued to race each other in 1934 while trading victories at various distances. Crompton and McLeod would be crowned Canadian champions in 1936 and they would go on to represent Canada at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
The store carried Meteor and Falcon bicycles.
Not sure what this model is ( looks like a Superbe) but a very cool bike at a reasonable price. It has a rear Dynohub as well. Listed on Kijiji Toronto @ $ 270.00.
A clean and original 3 speed Supercycle, circa 1965. Note the period correct cable braids.
Currently listed on Kijiji Toronto @ $175.00
A British built 3 speed for the for Sears, A J.C. Higgins from the early to mid 1960’s. Note the nicely broken in leather saddle. Listed for $175.00 on Kijiji Toronto.
This Supercycle 3 speed, pulled from the trash 3 years ago, has found a new owner in Hamilton and is currently getting a make over. Photos to follow soon.
Coming soon, the Third Annual Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show!
Sunday July 27th at Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto.