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gster 05-22-17 05:09 AM

A Tale of Two Supercycles
 
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Attachment 564311Here'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

gster 05-22-17 05:13 AM

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

gster 05-22-17 05:51 AM

English Built J.C. Higgins
 
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Also for sale in Toronto. best offer.
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clubman 05-22-17 06:21 AM

I suspect the drop bar Supercycle isn't Raleigh made. Crank, stem, crown, mudguards and the rear dropouts all look very 'CCM' ish. The upright Sports looks all Raleigh correct.

Can you really get $300 for bikes like these in Toronto these days? Man I couldn't get $100 on the east coast. :(

gster 05-22-17 06:38 AM

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Originally Posted by clubman (Post 19601168)
I suspect the drop bar Supercycle isn't Raleigh made. Crank, stem, crown, mudguards and the rear dropouts all look very 'CCM' ish. The upright Sports looks all Raleigh correct.

Can you really get $300 for bikes like these in Toronto these days? Man I couldn't get $100 on the east coast. :(

Good eye for detail. You're could be right about the CCM version. However, it does have a cottered crank
I think the prices are high as well.
People are hoping to cash in on the "hipster" appeal of these bikes.
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oldbicycles 05-22-17 08:48 AM

@DQRider Thanks for posting all the photos of the Lake Pepin Tour. I really enjoyed seeing them. I live in Texas, but hope to make it someday.

markk900 05-22-17 09:17 AM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 19601194)
Good eye for detail. You're could be right about the CCM version. However, it does have a cottered crank
I think the prices are high as well.
People are hoping to cash in on the "hipster" appeal of these bikes.
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@gster: do you have a good quality scan of that catalog page (or can you point me to one?)...i have one of the red ones (it's a motobecane supercycle)....

gster 05-22-17 09:47 AM


Originally Posted by markk900 (Post 19601620)
@gster: do you have a good quality scan of that catalog page (or can you point me to one?)...i have one of the red ones (it's a motobecane supercycle)....

That's the best I could find. Sorry.

gster 05-22-17 09:57 AM

The Hub Hub
 
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Four complete 3 Speed hubs waiting for frames..
from front to back:
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The two donor hubs on the ground
1962- does not spin freely
1969 -has an odd sized French rim.

jamesj 05-22-17 10:34 AM

Thanx! That's what I thought as well but wanted to see what everyone else thought. I wish I had tried drilling before doing all the banging trying to get that cotter out. Now to pull the other and clean it up.


Originally Posted by BigChief (Post 19601033)
It doesn't seem to me that the small crater in there would make any difference. Looks like there's still plenty of support in there to hold a pin where it's supposed to be.


Brynley 05-22-17 10:59 AM


Originally Posted by Brynley (Post 18842893)
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I picked up this brown beauty for $35 at a flea market over the weekend. The stamp on the Sturmey Archer says it's a '69. It mainly caught my eye for the saddle, bag, and pump which I was planning on using for restoring my Rudge. There's some rust on the fenders but I think it will clean up nicely. I enjoy the way 23"s ride.

Anyone in the Union County, NJ, area want this bike for FREE? (Not including seat and seat post, pump, or bag). I no longer have the space to store it or the time to fix it up. It's a 23" frame! PM me if interested--looking for it to go to someone who appreciates 3-speeds and doesn't plan to just flip it for a quick buck.

BigChief 05-22-17 02:24 PM

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I think I'm going to pass on this one. A bit rough Ladies Lenton Sports. asking 175, but it's a 2 hour drive.

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gster 05-22-17 02:58 PM

Another Tourist
 
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Picked this one up today from my friend Brian in Peterborough. He was coming into the city so we met up. Complete bike minus the pump, a little rough but functions well. This will form part of the fleet I'm assembling for a new TV show. This is number 3 so far.
There's a sticker on it that says "Al's Bicycle Repair Shop, Orchard Park, N.J."
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thumpism 05-22-17 05:45 PM


Originally Posted by Brynley (Post 19601913)
Anyone in the Union County, NJ, area want this bike for FREE? (Not including seat and seat post, pump, or bag). I no longer have the space to store it or the time to fix it up. It's a 23" frame! PM me if interested--looking for it to go to someone who appreciates 3-speeds and doesn't plan to just flip it for a quick buck.

Just like mine. Good thing I'm not greedy or I'd be on the way already.

DQRider 05-22-17 07:20 PM


Originally Posted by oldbicycles (Post 19601525)
@DQRider Thanks for posting all the photos of the Lake Pepin Tour. I really enjoyed seeing them. I live in Texas, but hope to make it someday.

It's my pleasure to share them. Definitely my favorite ride of the year. In fact, we had at least one fellow from Texas up here this year. I spoke with him a number of times, although I can't recall his name at the moment.

Yes, come on up when you can. Let us know if we can help: https://groups.google.com/forum/?pli...ntlemancyclist

nlerner 05-22-17 07:32 PM


Originally Posted by Brynley (Post 19601913)
Anyone in the Union County, NJ, area want this bike for FREE? (Not including seat and seat post, pump, or bag). I no longer have the space to store it or the time to fix it up. It's a 23" frame! PM me if interested--looking for it to go to someone who appreciates 3-speeds and doesn't plan to just flip it for a quick buck.

I'm afraid that's too far from where I am (Boston, MA) but wanted to say that I grew up in Union County, NJ (Cranford), and good to see some Raleigh 3-speeds kicking around there. I have no memory of anyone owning one back in the 60s and 70s. Schwinns, on the other hand, were very popular.

browngw 05-22-17 09:16 PM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 19601083)
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Attachment 564311Here'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


@gster would you mind posting these great Supercycles on this thread. Maybe we can get it rolling again.
The SuperCycle Thread- A Celebration of Vintage Supercycles

BigChief 05-23-17 08:21 AM

A brake question
 
I used a pair of Tektro 559 brake calipers for my scorcher project. They are very well made and I like how easy they are to adjust. They are set up correctly, but they have a bit less braking power than my other 3 speed Sports type bikes with their usual steel calipers and short "Continental" salmon Kool Stop pads. The cable casings are new and I'm sure there's come compression going on, but the old casings on my other bikes are nothing special. In my opinion there's no shortage of pressure of the pads against the rims. Could it be that the salmon Kool Stops are just that much better than the material used for the pads that came on the Tektros? It's not bad enough for me to change at this point. The scorcher stops plenty well enough. It's just that it seems odd that these brakes, with their extra mechanical advantage don't have more power than the old fashioned brakes with the Kool Stops.

noglider 05-23-17 10:15 AM

@Brynley, I'm sure you can find a taker. If you have any trouble, let me know, and I might be able to help. I just gave one of those away, and I personally don't need one. It would be nice to know it went to someone who appreciates it. They're very popular in my neighborhood of Manhattan.

arty dave 05-25-17 07:44 PM

I bought a 24" Raleigh DL-1 :love:.This is a model that originally came with rod actuated drums, but came to me with a non-raleigh not-drum front wheel. The front drum rod is zip-tied to the front forks. The rear hub is an ab marked 63 and looks to be in good clean condition, making the right noise and not sounding too dry. The frame paint is OK but I think Ill have to strip/de-rust and repaint the mudguards. Theyre just missing too much paint, and too much rust particularly on the rear. But both are nice and straight, with rod style struts. Some rust on the chrome parts has eaten through the chrome, but hopefully not too much. It comes with a lovely brooks saddle with curly twisted springs; also a battery tube and a half chrome, half plastic headlight. Im in love with the geometry! The gears sound good I need the weekend to go over it all and get the shifting and rear drum adjusted, and take it for a little spin. With no front brakes it will only be for a short pootle. I have a SA front drum but it's alloy a steel drum would suit the bike better I think, but I don't know if I'll be able to find one of these. So Ill be on the search for a westwood wheel or rim. I used to have a pair in the 700A size (28 x 1 3/8 or 742mm) and now wish I hadnt sold them! Oh well. The front wheel is this 742mm size, but not westwood. The photos I took were too low light to post, so I'll post some on the weekend.

Arrowana 05-25-17 11:20 PM

It looks like I'll have my LTD-3 finished sooner than I thought. I ordered the rims and tires, a longer alloy seatpost, and picked out a Brooks Cambium C17s for it. I think I'll have to cough up some more money for the matching Cambium grips.

Tonight, I overhauled the rear hub. It was my first time tearing one of these apart, and it was simpler than I expected. The left hand cone and bearings were very rusty, but everything else turned out fine. Luckily my shop had a cone in stock. Here are most of the parts laid out:
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Now the hub feels great, almost as smooth as a normal hub, and much quieter. I think the next phase will be stripping the bike down to the frame to clean it, apply frame saver, and overhaul the bottom bracket and headset. Does anyone have any tips for getting a modern hub to work with the stock fork? I have a SP Dynamo hub I want to use. I have no issue spreading the fork and realigning the fork ends, but I'm not sure the best way to make it play nicely with the weird fork ends these bikes have. If nothing else, I might be able to find or make a set of washers that will do the job.

gster 05-26-17 04:18 AM

Hipster Superbe
 
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A current ad here in 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 its 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).
Id keep it but Im not cool enough to pull it off.
$195"
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noglider 05-26-17 07:28 AM

I like that ad.

@Arrowana, I've taken an adjustable wrench to the fork tips and just spread out the opening to accept a wider diameter axle.

BigChief 05-26-17 08:23 AM

I like it too, but get noticed by a hot girl? A cute puppy maybe, but a vintage Raleigh...unfortunately not.

clubman 05-26-17 09:02 AM

Gotta grow the beard and get some tats Chief. And live in TO.

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