Adventure, Discoveries…..cue RESEARCH!

Adventure, Discoveries…..cue RESEARCH!

Two Sundays ago a few of us (read: myself and Deborah and Audrey) ventured out to Edmonton Bicycle Commuters (EBC) to find some spare parts we were told existed NOT on eBay alone.

Sadly the part(s) we were searching for (namely rear fender reflectors for Nicki’s Winnie) were not in existence. All was not lost though!! There were some WONDERFUL finds in their stock piles outside (in the chilly snowy winter weather). Most of the bikes they have (either for sale or still needing mega work) are men’s styles or newer and sportier, which is fine, really, but its not what we’re about…so they were skipped over.

So it went, skipping over sporty bike after sporty bike…until we noticed this beauty:


Of course we have no dates or true history behind this bike, but we do know CCM Galaxie for a name (more than we had on Winnie) and I personally LOVE the curves here, most of the bikes I’ve seen only have our lovely loops on the bottom tube, this came as complete surprise! In the top picture you can also see the CCM Chainwheel (I thought I’d gotten a better picture inside the shop where we found one on it’s own in the parts buckets but sadly no) and while Winnie OUGHT to have one, I personally like the chainwheel she has now, it feels more… historic, or something.
That was exciting enough no? Finding a pretty loop frame with some vintage parts? Getting cute pictures? Oh but wait!! Deborah spotted THIS beauty buried in the snow pushed aside (and probably forgotten)

What you see here ladies and gents, is a (can I say rare? OOOh can I? Done!!) “rare” Eaton’s Glider… and this alone was incredibly exciting… until… wait for it… we realized that the distance between seat post and handle bars was small… perhaps this was a kids bike? We’re pretty sure she is, and as an added bonus, she has the chain guard in tact (with just a bit of rust, probably a clear coat protection would keep her pretty and vintage and covetable (as in I wish I was a kid so I could ride her). Check it out:

Considering she’s probably spent many a yucky day in the elements, I’d say she’s in decent if not good condition…and the colour!! SO gorgeous. Deborah & I think this is a bike we should restore together… we’ll let Audrey have it now and then when she finally out grows it I’ll force Liliana onto it (and I’m not even kidding!). Oh the accessories we could buy! (Oh the places you’ll go!)
These 2 bikes alone made my day. We were enamoured with the Eaton’s Glider, excited about the CCM Galaxie… and then… and then dear readers another WONDERFUL discovery by Deborah… and one that I couldn’t walk away from, no matter how hard I tried.

I’m not even gonna lie you guys, I am 100% in LOVE. The head badge alone had me sold and the absolutely divine curve on the bottom bar…WOW. She has rod brakes (which I’m still learning about, as in I just know they’re different and less reliable and possibly not as safe as caliper brakes? – correct me if I’m wrong, I’m going just one the bit of research I’ve done!). It looks like the rear brake would need to be completely re-done since there’s no rear wheel (something I’ll get to right away) though Deborah had an awesome suggestion of just going with a coaster brake for the rear, which will then make the rod brake less the only style I have (and since I’d ride in some wet conditions…it’d be a plus!).

And then we searched the wheel size, in the first picture you see it “requires 28″ wheels, and so we tried to price them out. Someone on eBay was selling a 28” wheel with a 3 speed hub …any guesses to how much it ended up going for? Yeah…almost $400 Canadian + shipping and handling. Needless to say I’m now less excited about trying to work on this Raleigh (even though I’m in love and want sooo badly) until I’ve done more research on rear wheels, and options I’ll have when it comes to replacement…

Some Pashley’s have 28″ wheels right? So maybe I’ll go to RedBike and see what they can do. Alternatively…is it possible to put a slightly different size wheel on? How much does that affect the bike? 28″ isn’t common but what if a 28 1/2″ is easier to find? Or do I need to go slightly smaller? Can I even find an appropriate size without totally breaking the bank? I want this bike SO much (I barely stop looking at the pictures!) but I cannot justify $400 or even close to that just for the rear wheel and hub…UGH!

Anyway, now that I’ve stopped complaining, enjoy our finds, covet along with us, and if you have suggestions or solutions we haven’t though of, PLEASE share!!

7 thoughts on “Adventure, Discoveries…..cue RESEARCH!

  1. Hi ladies! Love your blog!

    That old Raleigh sure is purrty. Have you considered trying to get a hub & rim seperately and building up the wheel yourself? I think the spacing on the dropouts of this bike would still make it difficult to find an appropriate hub, but you would have more options and it would probably be much cheaper than finding the perfect wheel already assembled. There may even be a 28″ rod brake rim or two around EBC right now. Alternatively, smaller wheels with a coaster brake could work, though the look wouldn’t be “authentic.”

    I’d be willing to help you build a wheel if you could find the parts and wanted to spend a Sunday working on it (I’m one of the women/trans’ day mechanics at EBC). If you’ve ever trued a wheel you have most of the skills needed to build one, it’s one of those things that looks harder than it is.

    I just took a peek at the frame in the yard, and the front wheel that’s on it is not original and is not the correct size, so that would be another obstacle. This bike looks like it’ll be quite the labour of love. I hope someone does try to get it on the road again.

  2. Coreen – thanks for the advice! We’ll be coming by again soon to take another look and decide what parts are needed for fixing things up. We haven’t so much as trued wheels or changed tires before, but we’re both determined to learn as much as we can.

    For the Beautiful Baroness Raleigh: Nottingham-built Raleighs came with Sturmey-Archer hubs, so we’re watching a couple of 3-speed coaster SA hubs on eBay. Knowing we can move down from 28″ to 26″ rims if need be really opens up the options, too – but if we do that, does that mean we’re giving up on using the rod brakes? If memory serves, she’ll also need fenders and a chainguard.

    I wish I’d had the presence of mind to take some measurements of the Glider’s frame. But both 16″ and 20″ wheelsets are easy to come by and not terribly expensive on eBay, so making it rideable should be a simple proposition and will teach us the basic skills we’ll need before taking on wheel-building for the Raleigh. Again, fenders are needed, and I think we’re going to drill them – I happen to have a vintage skirtguard (multicoloured cord! so cute!) that’ll definitely work for 16″ and might work for 20″.

    The Galaxie has great potential too. Nicki, I think you should take her on as a cleaning/restoration project while Angel and I work on the other two – you’d learn a lot about your Winnie in the process. My understanding is that we can come in and work on the bikes in the EBC yard, even if we’re not purchasing them, to make them rideable for other buyers. And there are lots of other CCM’s out in the yard, so it shouldn’t need any parts that aren’t already on hand.

  3. I was all prepared to type out pretty much EXACTLY what Deborah said, but Coreen I wanted again to state how ABSOLUTELY wonderful all your advice is, and how excited I am once again about the Raleigh.

    I’m trying to convince (My) Mike to let me bail on Sunday (again) so that I can spend a full few hours learning and working…we’ll see how that goes!

    And now, to the eBays!!

  4. I wish I knew enough to REALLY help but all I can do is suggest one obvious source of info: the Harris Cyclery/Sheldon Brown articles on tyre size and old bikes in general and one less obvious possibility: which, among other things, sells an Indian made descendant of the old English roadster with 28″ wheels.

    You know bicycles have a hold on your soul when you’re out in the snow looking at a bike with a tag reading “BE WARNED” and you still want it! I know how it feels!

  5. Update: we (Angel, Nicki, & I) spent some time at EBC again last night. And we’re planning to come in on Saturday afternoon and spend some time working on the bikes.

    Much to our dismay, the Raleigh’s 28″ wheels mean it’s too tall for Angel (and that my ’66 Phillips might be too tall for me – sob – I’m borderline at 5’7″). Keith talked us out of ruining her lines with 26″ wheels – he reckons she needs 28″ wheels built ($200ish for cost), new brake pads (negligible), a chaincase and fenders and a kickstand. I’d add a replacement for the plastic shifter to that list. Then she’ll be a divine vision of bicycle perfection for a tall goddess to ride. We have alerted the tallest goddess in our circle to its existence and we hope she’ll jump at it.

    Angel is going to take the Galaxie that’s complete. There’s another near-identical Galaxie missing its wheels & handlebars out in the yard if anyone wants a project.

    Keith thinks the Eaton’s Glider needs 24″ wheels, but the frame’s proportions seem quite short for that. We’re going to bring in the 20″-wheeled Raleigh I have on Saturday and try those wheels to see how they fit before we order anything. 20″ are much more common and much less expensive than 24″ Raleigh-width wheels or rims. And our kids are still really little, so it’ll be harder to justify the expense of that project if the kids can’t ride it for another decade…

  6. Another update: while we were at EBC tonight, Brian let us peek in the upstairs staff area at the progress being made on the Raleigh. (Yes, she’s still there, just hidden!) She will be heart-stoppingly gorgeous.

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