Back in 1965 or so, my Dad bought me a bike. It was probably a Supercycle bought at the old Canadian Tire on Dundas. It looked something like this one.
Single speed with a coaster brake.
Even at $40.00 (1967 price), using the inflation calculator, it would equal about $320.00 today or close to half a week’s pay….
I liked my bike very much but by 1967 I really wanted one of these.
My dad and I went back to Canadian Tire, not to buy a new bike but to buy the accessories to convert my bike.
He repainted the frame in a nice sparkle finish green, added the ape hanger bars, new sparkle grips, a banana seat, sissy bar and perhaps monkey fenders.
The re styled bike was promptly stolen by some kid at school. We never locked our bikes back then. Somehow my Dad tracked it down and we went to this kid’s house to retrieve it. I’m not sure how my Dad found it or what happened to this bike afterwards, but I obviously out grew it and moved on to a bigger 10 speed.
If anyone else would like to contribute a story on this theme please comment and I will post.
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.
Here’s a Raleigh built Supercycle for sale on Kijiji Toronto. A 3 speed hub with a coaster brake and caliper brakes as well. Priced at $225.00. .
Trash or Treasure? You Decide!
A neighbour dropped off this rough Supercycle frame last night. I suspected that it was another Raleigh re-brand. The small Made in Canada sticker is the same as the one on my Canadian made (assembled?) Raleigh Superbe. The serial number, RN851730 decodes as R (Canada) N (October) 8 (1978).
Supercycle Gran Sport
It turns out that this bike is indeed a Bridgestone Youngway.
The store that I bought it from decided to remove all of the lights and horns etc and threw them in the garbage!
Although I quite liked this bicycle It was too small for me so I gave it to a young woman I work with who will get more use out of it.
The bike below just showed up on Kijiji Toronto.
The same bike re-branded as a Supercycle for Canadian Tire.
Here’s another Kijiji Toronto item. Appears to be in very good condition but not sure of the price…
This is the 500th post on Three Speed Mania!!
These two 3 speeds showed up on Kijiji Toronto today.
First, a British made Supercycle offered at $135.00.
This one appears very clean and original (except missing fenders) and very good value for the price.
A clean and original 3 speed Supercycle, circa 1965. Note the period correct cable braids.
Currently listed on Kijiji Toronto @ $175.00
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.
Despite the fact that I have several very nice English 3 speeds I tend to ride these 3 Rat Bikes more often. They were all virtually free.
The 67 Dunelt @ $40.00, The green CCM/Supercycle (free from the trash) and the 69 CCM Galaxie ($39.00 in trade).
It’s probably because I’ve invested more of my time into these and I’m not too concerned with their appearance.
A very clean 60’s Supercycle made by Raleigh for Canadian Tire.
Thank you to everyone that participated and attended. It was a terrific day and considering that this was our first show, very well attended.
Currently for sale (along with some other vintage bikes) in Kensington Market.
Comprehensive information on Dynohubs can be found here.
This mid 70’s Supercycle by CCM was pulled from the trash recently and I decided to make it a little project. It appeared that the owner had started some repairs and then gave up i.e. new tires and brake pads.
The original Shimano “333” hub was discarded and replaced by a used Sturmey Archer back wheel and hub from Community Bicycle Network on Queen. Bike Pirates on Bloor provided the correct shifter and indicator chain. It’s not much to look at but a pleasant bike to ride and it’s been a good project to learn on. It will be going to good home come spring.
As it turns out this cast off Supercycle has turned into my main ride. It’s unassuming and very reliable for crossing the city.
Total expenses to date:
Shifter and new cable -$10.00
New brake cable-$5.00
A Japanese leather Speedic saddle.