I gave this one a quick cleanup, repacked all the bearings and replaced the brake cables.
Total cost to date:
Purchase @ $100.00
Two cables @ $6.00
Master link @ $5.00
It has the short lived self adjusting brake levers that do seem overly complicated.
The only other thing I want to do is replace the brake pads.
Picked this one up today for a reasonable $100.00 (CDN). The young lady I bought from was moving and wants to buy something more modern.
She told me that she’d gotten the bike from a friend’s grandmother and once I started to clean it up I believe her. One clue is the trigger in the flattened position as shipped from the factory. Also the cables and clips are all original and the paint is cleaning up nicely.
The tires were replaced last year and the mechanic had put the front wheel on backwards as the bearing adjuster had backed out quite a bit.
Not sure what I’m going to do with this but I’m sure it will find a good home.
A new Toronto Kijiji posting with the seller asking $400.00 or best offer.
Blog reader Steve T. brought this one to my attention. Advertised on Kijiji close to Kingston.
A mid to late 50’s Raleigh with US Army markings.
I suspect the headlamp was transplanted from another bike as I don’t think the US used any British Bikes. I could be wrong.
Perhaps it was a movie prop.
Also on Kijij this week is this 1966 Dunelt 3 speed with a leather Wrights saddle. Seller is asking $230 but I’m sure is open to a reasonable offer.
I’m not sure but it looks like the front forks could be bent.
Here’s a nice coffee/bronze coloured Sports with a Dynohub listed on Kijiji, Toronto @ $175.00.
Another Kijiji posting here in Toronto. An early 70’s non folding Raleigh RSW. Located in Parkdale, seller is looking for a reasonable offer.
I picked up an old Norman Ladies’ frame recently and the front wheel/tire was on odd size, 26″ x 1 1/4″.
The tire itself was an old Dunlop Champion and completely shot. I wanted to keep the inner tube as I find old tubes hold air better than the new ones.
I tried to remove the tire with the regular tire irons but found it would not budge. Closer examination revealed a metal wire bead.
I cut the bead with bolt cutters and got it off.
26 x 1 1/4.
Hard to see but says “Inflate Hard”.
I suspect that this was an expensive racing tire.
A couple of interesting bikes on Kijiji, Toronto this morning.
A mid 60’s Raleigh Sports @ $190.00 with a somewhat cumbersome “Sportshift”.
And a good lookin’ mid 70’s Raleigh Tourist @ $250.00.
This one’s back together and somewhat roadworthy. Total costs to date (excluding labour):
New brake cable @ $3.00
It rides and shifts OK but I think I’ll shell out for a new shifter cable ($8.00) and a new pair of brake pads ($5.00).
It just needs a bit more cleaning and some fine tuning.
I was looking for a Ladies’ bike for a friend of mine who is coming to town shortly and I didn’t want to spend too much as she’s only here for a month or so. George at Parkdale Bicycles had this Eatons Glider 5 speed out front and was kind enough to give it to me for this project.The frame was in decent shape and he had already repacked the bearings. The derailleur was missing as well as any cables and pads.
I decided to make it into a 3 speed as I have the parts in the shed.
The hub is dated 1965.
The only real costs on this will be for some new cables and pads. I’m hoping to keep this one under $20.00!
I think it will serve it’s purpose and when my friend returns to Mexico I’ll return the bike to George for him to sell. My work will count as a rental….
A neighbour brought this bike over the other day for me to have a look at. She’d bought it on an impulse last year and now realizes that it’s too tall and heavy for her to ride and carry up to her apartment….
A responsible seller should have told her this.
Someone was interested in buying it and I just gave it a quick cleaning and topped up the oil/air etc.
An examination revealed it to be a 1974 Canadian built model and as far as I could tell was completely original with a few exceptions.
The coveted “R” nuts were there.
The Dynohub spun freely but did not seem to work.
The old style bell was very nice.
The bike had new tires and pads and rode very well.
There is a lesson here for people that want to buy a vintage bicycle. There’s a greater amount of owner responsibility in the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of these things than with some modern bikes.
It’s now somehow cool to ride one of these around but you need to be prepared to do your homework.
Listed recently on Kijiji, a rod and lever equipped Eastman bicycle from India. $150 or best offer. It would make an interesting custom Path Racer.
I’ve done a quick rebuild on this one. Originally a 5 speed, I bought the frame for $20.00 and spent as little as possible to put it back together. Not much to look at but it rides fine and stops…
The rear wheel has a 1968 Sturmey Archer Coaster hub and there’s a single caliper on the front.
Total cost on this one:
Frame @ $20.00
Back Wheel and tire @ $10.00
2 cotter pins @ $2.00
Supplies @ $5.00
Everything else was either on the frame or came from pieces in the shed.
Frame also came with a nice period kickstand which will migrate over to one of my bikes in need.
This will either go to a former student (at cost) or be a loaner for a friend who’s coming to visit.
Blog reader Steve T. has sent some photos of his new purchase.
Details to follow.
Had a very nice day here in Toronto on this Bitsa, Raleigh frame with 28″ wheels and a coaster brake….
Photo in front of the NEW Parts Unknown location, 642 King West at Bathurst (up the alley).
642 King West. George is up the alley to the right.
I’m not joking…..
Reasonably priced at $160.00, this bike is currently for sale on Kijiji Toronto.
Another Kijiji posting in Toronto. A vintage Ladies DL-1 Tourist from the late 1930’s.
Seller is asking a hefty $1300.00 but given the age, condition and overall completeness the price may not be that out of line.
The Quadrant Shifter was last used in 1938 along with the K hub.
A period Wrights composite saddle.
The paint and rims look good as well.
I had hoped to turn this Canadian built Raleigh frame into a 3 speed Path Racer of sorts. It looked like a good candidate as it was tall and free….
As it turns out, it would not accept the adjustable cup on the BB and a closer inspection revealed that it was cracked in a couple of spots. Not sure what would have caused this (over tightening?). In any case it’s been scrapped. I saved the forks and am looking for a new frame/project.
This year’s show is scheduled for July 24th at Trinity Bellwoods Park here in Toronto.
Keep posted for details.
This could be a re-branded Robin Hood. Union Cycle Company. Currently listed on Kijiji Toronto for $300.00. It is a tall frame, Precision Engineered and Safety Tested!
Union Cycle is a bit of a mystery brand with bikes being built in Japan, Germany, Holland and England. Below, a nice Japanese version. You can see how closely they were copying an English bike.
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
This bike belongs to a friend at work. He bought a house last year and the bike was left behind in the garage. It looked to be in a sorry state. After disassembly and a good clean it appears that the bike has spent most of it’s life unridden.. Originally equipped with a Shimano 333 hub I plan to replace with a Sturmey Archer rear wheel. I’ve posted about these bikes before.
A strange CCM/Supercycle hybrid.
After dis assembly it became clear that this was a very low mileage bicycle and had spent most of it’s 40 yeras stashed in a gararge. I decided to leave the Shimano 333 hub on the bike to preserve it’s originality. Other than time, the only costs on this one was $40.00. two new tires and a chain. The photos don’t capture the true colour.
Yet another Kijiji post. Seller is asking $300.00 for this one. Not sure if they were ever offered in black, so it could be a re spray.