Old British three-speed
bicycles are wonderful machines, comfortable, easy to maintain and
built to last a lifetime. This one is a rare 1940 Raleigh Sports
Tourist, amazingly well preserved for its age. The original Raleigh
black enamel shines well, despite some scratches, the original decals
are intact, including the very wonderful TOURIST label on the top tube
and the Raleigh fancy script on the gearcase.
Speaking of gearcases,
this bicycle is equipped with a gearcase (or chaincase) which enclosed
the chain completely for protection of the rider's clothing and for
weatherproofing. The chain never gets wet or dirty from mud and road
dirt and does not dry out as quickly as a chain on a normal cycle.
is a very original bicycle, still carrying its original leathercloth
over horsehair mattress saddle. The tires are brand new Michelin 26 X 1
3/8 World Tours, but the tubes are probably original. Sounds scary, but
those old Dunlop tubes with metal stems were wonderful, and these are
fine, hold air perfectly and have new valve cores fitted.
Sturmey-Archer AW hub works fine in all three gears. It is a rare prewar
type, marked "PATENT PENDING" and with a "0" indicating its production
Being a wartime bicycle, there are a few blackened parts
which might otherwise be chrome-plated, but still most of the hardware
It's a good one, ready to ride or display in a collection.
have many other English 3-speed bicycles for sale, including several
others with gearcases, some with rod brakes and lighting. We are getting
out of the English bicycle business and want to sell the collection
plus all the parts, so contact us if you need any rare parts for an
English 3-speed. We even have some 4-speed and 5-speed Sturmey-Archer
parts, rare indeed!
The shipping and handling cost includes a $29
crating fee for part-dismantling the bike and packing it securely in a
Geoff Rogers 413-259-1722
We are in the process of selling out our inventory of English 3-speed bicycles. There are about 75 of them here, some really nice, a few basket cases, but most in-between, needing a few hours’ work each.
The most interesting ones we have for sale include:
Three (yep, three) Dawn Tourists, 1952-55, all gents’ black machines, all Dyno-hubs with factory lamps, two with Brooks saddles, one with an original mattress (Terrys?) saddle, rod brakes. Prices range fro $200 to $450 for those. One is really nice, other two fair to good.
Two lady’s 26-inch Superbes, all the bling on these, one’s not bad, the other probably a parts bike. $350 for the better one. Green of course. Cable brakes (I think?)
1955 Raleigh Sports roadster, gear case, FG 4-speed Dyno Hub, lights, new B66, some NOS parts, new tires,m cables, etc, never finished this one fifteen years ago. Selling for $350, less than the value of the bling.
1939 gents Raleigh Sports, fair to poor, missing some bits but I probably have all of those. $250ish.
1940 lady’s Raleigh Sports Model, cable brakes, lovely original machine, Terrys mattress saddle, unbelievable original decals, $350
1920-sh Humber gents, VERY tall frame, 28” wheels, Pre-1921 Sturmey-Archer 3-speed hub, pretty much original and unrestored, very interesting details such as brazed AND cottered (!) lugs, oil fitting everywhere, unusual cranks and brakes etc. Rod brakes of course. Asking $400 for this one.
Unrestored English rear carriers, $40. Nice blasted, primed and painted (if we can get your color!) Prestige Minor racks, as used on Raleighs from the 50s onwards, $95. We have two or three I’d be willing to sell.
Several Raleigh DL1 28-inch rod brake machines, one a ’65 with gear case, Dynohub and lights-rare to see them like this. Will be assembled this spring. Around $650 or so.
We have lots of bling, original headlamps, stainless wheels, FG hubs, saddlebags, original tools, Cyclo chain tools, Raleigh combo spanners, tyre irons etc., NOS parts including fenders, shifters, gear cases, S-A parts, hockey stick chain guards, brake pads and so on.
Sooner or later, I am selling all of it, bikes, bling, parts, whatever. I just don’t have the energy for the bike business as well as the car biz any more.