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.
Another bike on Kijiji, Toronto. A mid 50’s Robin Hood 3 speed. The owners are looking for an enthusiast to purchase and restore. Price is negotiable.
Definetly a challenge, but worth somebody’s time.
Ruff and Ready…
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…
Saw this one on Kijiji Kitchener. A Robin Hood Sherwood Arrow, year unknown but I suspect early 1950’s.
the 1950 Raleigh Parts Calalogue
I inherited this old oil can from my Wife’s Grandfather and it’s the perfect shape for oiling the rear hub (as well as other parts).
NOS Cycle-Rite lighting kit for sale on Kijiji Toronto. Original price sticker at $4.49 from Simpsons.
They have some well priced repro hairspring saddles and tool bags.
If you’re planning to attend this year’s Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show there’s only one week left to get your bikes spiffed up for display!
We had a terrific turn out last year and will see even more rare and stylish rides this year.
Here’s a couple of links to photos from last year.
Edward in Toronto took some great photos as well.
Come on down!!
These are available online and at West Side Cycle on Roncesvalles.
On closer inspection I realized that the pads on these are plastic as opposed to rubber.
I prefer the S 3000 pedal available at Hoop Driver.
We have a firm date for this year’s show. Sunday, July 28th at Trinity Bellwoods Park here in Toronto. for more information contact the Community Bicycle Network.