Vintage 3 Speed English Bicycles

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Canadian Market Raleigh Laurentian


Raleigh produced specific models for Canada. I believe the white paint on the steering tube is common to these models as well as the name and decals.


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Iverson 3 Speed

I picked this up a few days ago as a gift/payment for a young lady that looks after the pets when we’re away. I offered cash or a bike. She chose a bike.P1190189.JPG

This is a made in Japan Iverson 3 speed with a Sturmey Archer hub and shifter. Hub is dated 3/72. Research tells me that Iverson is not a well respected brand but I think those remarks refer to their 10 speeds. The paint and decals are in good shape. This one will get the usual rebuild with some new tires/pads and cables. I’m sure it will be a good commuter.

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Below are two more similar bikes on Kijiji Toronto. Both of these appear to have a Shimano 3 speed hub. I can assume that mine was retro fitted with the SA hub at some point over the last 45 years.

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Raleigh Superbe Dawn Tourist

Here’s a rare bike for sale here in Toronto. An early 60’s Dawn Tourist.



The owner is asking $600.00 OBO.

Taking into account the condition, originality, completeness and original accessories, this price may not be too far off….





The ad reads:

I’m selling my RALEIGH Superbe Dawn Tourist from the 1960s.
This is a very rare British bicycle to find and I imagine this to be the only one of it’s kind in the GTA.
It comes complete with original saddle bag, ROD BRAKES, Internal Dynohub (lighting system), 3 speed sturmey archer gear hub, front & rear lights, original raleigh kickstand, full chaincase, rare white raleigh branded pedals, original Brooks b73 leather saddle & rare vintage Lucas “King Of The Road” challis style brass bell!

There are many features that make this bike very unique and collectible, including the front mudflap, full chaincase, hand pump, supplemental battery unit, locking front fork (with orig key!), white hand grips and matching pedals.
Lots of money has been put into preserving and upgrading this bicycle, the parts alone are worth my asking price.


Glider Update



I may be done with this one for the time being. I still need to finesse a few things but overall it’s together.

Costs to date:

Glider frame @ $20.00

Wheels from stock

New tires @ $38.00

New chain @ $15.00

New brake pads @ $12.00

New brake cable @ $6.00

New shifter cable @ $8.00

Can of paint @ $7.00

Front caliper and lever @ $5.00

Wrights saddle from stock

Supplies @ $5.00

TOTAL @ $116.00

I should probably add a number for the from stock parts but a lot of them are from salvaged bikes so it’s hard to assign a fixed value.


I made a leather shim for the cable stop.


The bike as originally found (minus the handlebars),




Hipster Raleigh Superbe

A current ad on Kijiji, Toronto:

“Get noticed on your racing green vintage Raleigh.
Pretend you know your stuff when a hot guy/girl asks about it and you answer with aloof indifference: “Whatevs… it’s a 3 speed, 1977 Raleigh Superbe in great shape with all original parts including British made Sturmey Archer transmission in the wheel hub.”
It even has a rack on the back to hold artisanal jams, free range Chanterelles, or an ironic box of moustache grooming supplies.
It has foot powered lights but the bulbs (will need to replaced for the lights to work).
I’d keep it but I’m not cool enough to pull it off.



My Dad Bought Me a Bike

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.

Thanks Dad.

If anyone else would like to contribute a story on this theme please comment and I will post.


A Tale of Two Supercycles

Here’s a 1967 3 speed Raleigh built Supercycle in racing trim. Supercycles were made by Raleigh for Canadian Tire stores here in Canada and sold very well. I’m sure my first real bike was a Supercycle (single speed). I wonder if the gold colour was a custom mix for these bikes. Currently listed on Kijiji, Toronto @ $300.00.


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Closer examination of the headbadge reveals it does not say made in England, so it may, in fact be a Canadian made Supercycle…. However it does have cottered cranks.

The bike below is also listed on Kijiji, Toronto. However, it looks to me as if the front forks are bent. Listed @ $240.00




Rare Raleigh 5 Speed Sprite

Here’s a nice bike that I may have posted before. A late 60’s Raleigh 5 speed Sprite.

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This one has the rare dual throttle shifters and appears to be in very nice shape.


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Located in Niagara Falls, Canada. The seller is asking $415.00.


Raleigh Tourists Wanted!

I’m working on a television show that takes place in the 1920’s and am looking to purchase some local (Toronto area) Raleigh DL-1 Tourists as props.

Looking for complete bikes, men’s or ladies and would pay a reasonable price.

We picked up a nice ladies Tourist this morning for $250.00.

The one pictured was $150.00 but has had the rod and lever brake system removed and the rear hub has been replaced with a coaster brake.

My plan is to remover the triggers and replace the rear cogs.

Tires and brake pads will be replaced as well.

I’ve also bought a couple of old CCM coasters as well.

If anyone has anything please let me know.


1972 Raleigh Sports Progress


Progress has been made. Once again those cotter pins have proved to be difficult.

The drive side popped out with a couple of stern whacks of the hammer, the other side wouldn’t budge. I ended up drilling it out with no damage to the crank or spindle.


Judging by the grease inside the BB, this bike hasn’t been ridden in years. The cups look good so if the weather here in Toronto clears up it should be back on the road next weekend.


Front and back hubs cleaned and re packed with new tires courtesy of George at Parkdale Bicycles at 1428 Queen Street West.


Re assembly has started. I will replace the pedals with either some new MKS pedals or some old Raleigh pedals from the spares bin.


Starting to look like a bicycle.


Raleigh Built Eaton’s Glider

Another Kijiji listing.

An early 70’s Eaton’s Glider 3 speed offered at $150.00 including delivery.

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1972 Raleigh Sports Progress

I spent the afternoon yesterday stripping the bike and making a plan.


Hubs and rims cleaned up quite well.


Fenders are in good shape as well.


It came with this period wheel lock that I don’t think will be put back on.


Sadly, the cotter pins are frozen solid. I may need to visit George at Parts Unknown to use his press.


More Junk! 1972 Raleigh Sports

Picked this up today. It actually looks much better in the photos than in person, but it wasn’t expensive and quite complete.

The Good:

-Complete bike

-Paint is good and will clean up

-Tall frame

-Original ribbed cables (all work well

-Plastic trigger face not cracked

-Period saddle bag attached

-Chain OK

-Brooks vinyl saddle OK

-Interesting period wheel lock

The Bad:


-Brake pads

-Incorrect pedals

-Rims have surface rust but may polish out

-Rear hub is missing the oil port (Bolt in it’s place)

My plan is to strip the bike and re-assemble. More than likely I’ll pass it on to someone at cost (Bike + parts). Someone contacted me last week looking for a bike so it may go to him. He’s a little put off by the colour, but I like it.

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Modified 3 Speed New Hudson

This bike has been kicking around for a few years. It was originally for sale at a bike Co-op in Hamilton Ontario. It’s for sale again. A 1950’s New Hudson 3 speed with modern drum brakes/hub, a modern bottom bracket, new rims and handle bars.

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1958 Raleigh Superbe

For sale on Kijiji, Toronto, a 1958 Raleigh Superbe with an asking price of $350.00. I think that number is optimistic considering how much work would be needed to restore.

On the plus side, the paint looks quite good.

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Not a 3 Speed, But….

Not a 3 speed but an interesting bike all the same. A current Kijiji listing out of Montreal is this 1938 CCM Flyte. Listed at $1700.00 it’s a very collectable Canadian bicycle.$_2cg7.JPG$xccbfb_27.JPG

Although it sounds like a lot of money, $1700.00 is not an unreasonable amount.

For more detailed information, click here.

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Clean Raleigh Sports 3 Speed

Another Kijiji listing from last week. Not sure of the year or price but I recall that it was quite reasonable.



Overpriced BSA 3 Speed

A recent Kijiji posting for a vintage BSA 3 speed.

I’m always on the look out for a nice BSA but this one’s priced at $1500.00!

The price and the after market non period parts makes this one a pass for me.

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1968 Robin Hood 3 Speed

Reader Samuel S. has sent some photos of his Robin Hood restoration in progress.

 It is a work in progress, I just ordered some parts from Harris Cyclery, and have been polishing up the chrome while I’m waiting. So far its cleaning up nice, I will get some pics together once the parts come in. Your site is great thanks!

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 Here are some photos of the 1968 Robin Hood, It was a gift from Shawn Granton, the founder of the Society of Three Speeds here in Portland OR. He is a gentleman and a scholar! I have started cleaning some of the rust off the chrome with water and tin foil, seems to work like magic. I took the old break pads off and have some Kool Stop Continentals to put on. So far I ordered, a Sturmey Archer Trigger, a S.A. 3 Speed shift cable, cork grips, and Kenda Black wall tires, some tubes, and a new 1/8″ chain. I plan on looking for some “rat trap” style peddles at the local bike co-op. I want to install new break cables as well. I have no experience working on three speeds and limited experience with bike mechanics in general, so this will be a good/ fun learning experience. I have really enjoyed exploring your website. I will send more pictures as this project progresses.

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Nice CCM 3 Speed

Just listed on Kijiji Toronto, this CCM Galaxie 3 speed appears very clean and original. Reasonably priced at $100.00.


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1961 Raleigh Superbe Update

Bike has already stripped down and some evidence as to it’s originality have been found.

Hub dates from July 1961. There’s a serial number on the BB.


Another on the top of the seat tube. The third digit would appear the represent 1961.

RC = Raleigh Canada Export

BB number still a mystery.


Original colour on the fork tube, a light aqua blue..


As well as a mounting lug for a full chain case and an oil port.


The chromed fork ends also leads me to believe that 1961 is correct.

I started to sand the frame and the old decal set was revealed, briefly.

Definetly a Superbe.


Hard to see but the Superbe logo is still there followed by 2 stars.


I also think the white painted head tube suggests a Canadian export model. There’a a faint Made in England decal where it should be as well.


1961 Raleigh Superbe

This one literally showed up in my backyard yesterday…

My neighbour, Dan had bought it last week, removed the dynohub and decided he didn’t want it. We agreed on a price, $50.00 and there you have it.


The Good.

1961 Raleigh Superbe

Tall frame

Fairly complete

Rims and hub are clean

Chromed fork ends

Locking fork (no key)

Shifter cable seems good




The Bad


Old style calipers that require the special Raleigh brake cable

Non period trigger

Chain wheel crank looks a little bent.

Missing Dynohub (I have a spare in the garage).



The Ugly

A poor repaint (not sure of original colour).




Raleigh DL-1 Tourist


I spent some time on this one yesterday. A Mid to late 70’s Tourist. The previous owner had removed the complete rod and lever brake system and replaced with a simple coaster brake.


Coaster brake appears to be a Shimano CB-100 from 1975 or so. Rear wheel is a Canadian sized 28″ x 1 1/2″ while the front is a British Westrick rim.


The paint and chrome on this bike is in very good condition.



1975 Raleigh Sports

This one’s gone to a new home. Sold at cost to a young woman I work with.

Earlier this summer she’d bought this bike. A 1969 CCM Galaxie.


The Galaxie went to her room mate and she traded up to the Raleigh.

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.

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The $40.00 Bicycle Update

Sadly, this one was stolen a few days after completion..

It was my own fault as it wasn’t locked and parked by a patio I was sitting on……

 I couldn’t let this one go with mis-matched tires, plus it needed some refinements as well.

I didn’t want to spend any more money on it but still wanted it looking presentable.

New tires were purchased for a couple of my regular bikes and the discards (still good) made their way onto the Brown Bike. I also added a pair of shortened inverted bars, a newer brake lever and new pads.


The headset bearings were feeling a little “crunchy” and when I got it apart I found that I’d  put an extra bearing in the top……

I took it out for a couple of hours today for a shakedown and it’s quite a nice riding bicycle.


The patio bike rack.


More Hercules Stuff

Although I like the look of the enclosed chain case it seems to offer more problems than solutions…

Feeding the chain through was a lesson in physics. Gravity was used to install and then there’s so little space to work  at the hub to attach the master link.


Once the chain was installed it was rubbing on the inner guard! Even after adjusting it again there’s no way to see if the chain tension is correct. I’m not sure why the British were so obsessed with keeping the drive line enclosed and running in an oil bath….

It just seems overly complicated and fussy to me.


I’ve made do with some less than perfect cables that were on hand for the time being.

With luck I’ll find some NOS ones to complete.

Speaking of cables, these old style brake cables are equally annoying. Once installed and adjusted there’s hardly any room left to adjust them/ The front one was NOS and it’s close to being maxed out at the barrel.


I replaced the fulcrum cable stop with a standard SA version.


Despite my complaints it’s still a nice bike.


I put the paint lid cover back on and it’s now rubbing…
I’m going to give this bike a little “time out” and perhaps it will have time to reflect on it’s mistakes…





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Super Cycles!

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.


More Junk! 1950 Hercules Sports

I picked this one up today for a fair price. A 1950 Hercules 3 Speed Sports.

This was built before Raleigh aquired the company in 1960.

Here it is purchased.


At some point in it’s 66 years the original trigger has been replaced by a Sturmey Archer 3/4 speed trigger.


Head badge looks good.


The drive side crank is strangely bent and filed to clear the chaincase.

I suspect the spindle is backwards…


Sports Model decal.


Old style calipers that take a specific cable.


An N.O.S. cable included in the sale.


Interesting brake levers.


An odd cable stop. I don’t think it’s correct.


Period pump.


Enclosed chain case.


Nice grips.


Hercules A Type 0 three speed hub made under licence from Sturmey Archer.


Made in England! So there you have it.

Work to follow.

This is the closest ad I could find from 1950.

Burgundy with white fenders.



More Bike Show Photos

It’s too bad that the grass was so dry this year…

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CBN Facebook page.