Vintage 3 Speed Bicycles

Posts tagged “Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show


1938 Hercules Falcon Finale

Last photo of this one for the time being.
1938 Hercules Falcon
I’ve attached an older, broken in Wrights saddle that’s more period appropriate.

P1140930 P1140932


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:

IMG_8647 IMG_8646

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.


Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show!


New Parkdale Bike Shop

This repair shop opened last week on MacDonell just north of Queen Street West.

Parkdale Bicycle Shop



Community Bicycle Network Clear Out Sale

Screen shot 2015-01-22 at 10.18.43 AMPlease come out and show your support. I know they have a couple of 3 speeds for sale!


Another Bike From the Trash

A neighbour was throwing this out yesterday so I grabbed  it for a quick makeover.

I have a few students in need of transportation. It’s a Eaton’s Competition, Japanese parts, assembled in Canada by Beekay. Probably from the late 70’s early 80’s.

It appeared a quick fix/ cleanup. I switched the bars for some inverted North Road bars but discovered a broken bearing in the bottom bracket which I’ll try to replace today (Sunday).

Urbane Cycles on John is open at noon and should have the bearings and a couple of new crank pins as well.

P1120806 P1120808 P1120807

The rear derailleur is a Shimano Eagle. Disreali Gears dates it form 1974, so this could be the actual date of the bike.

P1120812 IMGP7245 (2)-filteredThe bike also has French made MAFAC Racer brakes (1952-1974). The rear brake was badly seized so it’s been replaced (for now) with a Raleigh brake.

316743EE-4730-46CA-A858-C2CB55EA84E6 Mafac_ad_Racer-Tiger


$_20A box of NOS MAFAC brakes that recently showed up on Kijiji Toronto (or Hamilton)

Below is what the bike probably looked like originally.

Screen shot 2014-07-13 at 8.50.56 AM


Rudge DL-1, Britain’s Best Bicycle!

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.

rudge_79dl1_100412_1_salerudge_dl1_chainguar_lg_1millar_rudge_calgaryPhoto by Kevin Millar.


Bike Show Update

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!

P1120079I did buy a vintage saddlebag for old faithful, my mid 70’s Canadian built Superbe.

P1130051 P1130054


2014 Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show

Thank you to everyone that attended and participated. This years’ show was even better than last years.

A few photos.

P1120986 P1120984 P1120981 P1120992 P1120990 P1120997 P1120988Dandy Horse posted a good article about the show here.

Photos by Kyle Schruder



BSA Ladies 3 Speed

P1120973 P1120971 P1120975 P1120976 P1120977 P1120978 P1120979


Raleigh Superbe 3 Speed

Another tall Superbe that may be for sale tomorrow at the Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show.

$_20-kli1 $_2,i890Screen shot 2014-07-05 at 9.07.16 AM


1965 CCM Imperial 700 3 Speed

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.

P1120887 P1120888 P1120890 P1120891 P1120893 P1120896


NOS 1962 Automoto

Another possible bike at the show is this NOS 1962 Automoto. Atomoto was a French manufacturer that was purchased by Peugeot in 1959.

UPDATE! this bike also found a new home at the bike show last week!

$_20-10ww $_20-15aq2 $_20-11jku $_20-12ssa $_20-1333 $_20-1a214 $_20-1k656 $_20-15uu77 Screen shot 2014-07-05 at 9.07.16 AMDSC_70008281545317_1f1fb44b27_nAnother NOS Automoto discovered in Boston.


1949 Raleigh Dawn Tourist

This 1949 Raleigh Dawn Tourist may very well be at the Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show this Sunday.

Asking price, a reasonable $400.00

$_2wq0 $_2ffe0-1 $_2hhy0-3 $_20wql-4 $_20-5ww $_20alk-6 $_2sad0-7 $_20-ghj8 $_20-9ssa $_20-2akvf Screen shot 2014-07-05 at 9.07.16 AM


Old Bicycle Shop on King Street

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 11.21.32 AMR.G. McLeod Bicycles.

There was a famous Toronto cyclist named Rob McLeod.

mcleodAt 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.

5354361698_ba322474a9 5354362182_5ffd3fcec1_z


2014 Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show!

Screen shot 2014-07-05 at 9.07.16 AM


2014 Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 1.38.39 PM


Vintage Triumph 3 Speed

$_2aaa0 $_2ale0-1 $_20ppoi-2 $_2eoiq0-3 $_20meove-6 $_20poilk-7 $_2lpw650-8 $_2lp2100-9$_20-;pew4$_20gghyt-5


2014 Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show!

Screen shot 2014-07-05 at 9.07.16 AM


Vintage Road Master

My neighbour, Dan collects and sells rat bikes from the 40’s and 50’s. This is his Road Master.

P1120768 P1120769 P1120772Vintage skull and bones valve covers.

P1120775A rear reflector/spoke lock combo.

P1120776 P1120778I, in turn sold him a Thunder Jet bicycle similar to the one below.


Made by the Chain Bike Corp. they eventually changed their name to Ross.

Here’s a Ross that showed up today on Kijiji.

$_20-10 $_20-11


Ladies Raliegh 3 Speed with Rod Brakes

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.

$_2qqw0 $_20bdt-2 $_20rwu-3 $_2eeq0-4 $_20ff-5 $_20gju-6 $_20hlo-7


3 Speed Supercycle

A clean and original 3 speed Supercycle, circa 1965. Note the period correct cable braids.

Currently listed on Kijiji Toronto @ $175.00

$_20-ee2 $_20-ww1 $_20-ds3


J.C. Higgins 3 Speed

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.

$_20 $_20-1 $_20-2


CCM Galaxie 3 Speed

Another Kijiji listing @ 175.00. Very clean and original.

$_2qq0 $_2ss0-1 $_2yy0-2 $_2440-3 $_2kk0-4 $_2kiu0-6 $_2uio0-7


Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show 2014

The second version of the poster.

Screen shot 2014-06-14 at 8.07.21 AM


Hiawatha 3 Speed

I’ve never heard of this brand…

$_2220 33 2453Here’s what Dave’s Vintage Bicycles has to say about the Hiawatha brand:

“Hiawatha brand bicycles were sold by Gambles Hardware stores from the 1930′s through the 1970′s. Most Hiawatha bicycles were manufactured by the Cleveland Welding Company or the Shelby Cycle Company, however some were made by Murray Ohio and Huffman Manufacturing. The most sought after Hiawatha bicycle is the late 1930′s Arrow model, built by Shelby. It featured extreme styling and was similar to the Shelby Airflow model.”

Below is the 1938 Arrow model.




Save the date.

Screen shot 2014-06-14 at 7.13.17 AM


New Home for an Old Friend

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.

p1050588The work in progress below.

-551 -552 -553 -554 -555Below the almost finished bike.

P1120997 P1130001A NOS CCM chain ring!


1954 Sturmey Archer Thumb Shifter

This is for a 3 or 4 Speed hub.



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 117 other followers