Wanted & Acquired | Raleigh Superbe | A Continuous Lean.

Wanted & Acquired | Raleigh Superbe

Sep 6th, 2009 | Categories: Americana, Bicycles, Cleveland, Cycling | by Michael Williams

Patience is a virtue and I do my best not to live by that motto. I am pretty tenacious when it comes to getting something I want, so it is often hard to wait to see what will come to market. As it turns out my English 3-speed timing worked out perfectly and I found a really nice looking green  all-original Raleigh Superbe in Clearfield, PA, right off interstate 80. Since I was headed to Ohio this weekend via I-80, the 3-speed is now mine and for nearly half the cost of most of the Superbes that have been popping up in NYC and on eBay. Update: I almost forgot to mention that I added a bunch of different bicycle makers to The American List — check it out if you are interested.


Since I was riding my bike around Cleveland this weekend I took some photos of the Americana on Main Street in Willoughby, Ohio.






Comments: 18

18 Comments to “Wanted & Acquired | Raleigh Superbe”

  1. George
    on Sep 6th, 2009
    @ 3:50 PM

    Michael, I spent several years living in Shaker and teaching in Mentor (college in Ashland). Growing up in L.A., these images are the kinds of things I loved to see and miss seeing in person since moving back to the coast. The industrial sights leave a great impression of an America that is sadly gone (OK, happily gone in some respects). We have been hoping for years for a “revival” of Cleveland. Let’s hope it is soon. Enjoy the trip.

  2. BobbyRieg
    on Sep 6th, 2009
    @ 4:00 PM

    Thanks for that glimpse of home.

  3. wayne pate
    on Sep 6th, 2009
    @ 7:50 PM

    Sweet ride! Love the green.

  4. John
    on Sep 6th, 2009
    @ 7:52 PM

    A tip on bicycle photography: Shoot the drive side.

    Nice bike!

  5. doug
    on Sep 6th, 2009
    @ 8:59 PM

    Nice bike! I have a very similar Dunelt that I have been riding around lately-These old British bicycles have such nice,deep paint that shines up well with rubbing compound, and great chrome,too. I spent all last winter with a small wire brush and chrome polish,and it looks great now.
    I drive back and forth from Michigan to New Jersey now and then,and for some reason, I always make it a point to stop in Clearfield for gas and coffee.

  6. andrew
    on Sep 6th, 2009
    @ 10:41 PM

    What were you doing in Willoughby?

    That is exactly where I live, drive by it daily when I am home from school. Fantastic!

  7. JB
    on Sep 7th, 2009
    @ 10:03 AM

    Love these Americana shots. Thanks for putting these up.

    Long live the Raleigh!

  8. Michael Williams
    on Sep 7th, 2009
    @ 11:02 PM

    Andrew — I’m originally from Wickliffe / Willoughby. —ACL

  9. HolThaDo
    on Sep 8th, 2009
    @ 11:13 AM

    I’m from New Jersey.

  10. Chris
    on Sep 8th, 2009
    @ 12:03 PM

    Man, you really scored. Needle in a haystack kind of score.

  11. anj
    on Sep 8th, 2009
    @ 2:57 PM

    I got a red Superbe (missing the original pump) at a garage sale for 5 Canadian dollars (I live in Toronto). I couldn’t believe it when I saw it.

    If anyone knows about getting a replacement pump, please post here, I’d really appreciate it.

  12. Invisible Agent
    on Sep 8th, 2009
    @ 3:45 PM


    Old Roads can hook you up with a new old stock Raleigh frame pump. I picked one up for my ’62 Dunelt there.



  13. anj
    on Sep 8th, 2009
    @ 5:26 PM

    Much appreciated.

  14. Stephanie
    on Sep 8th, 2009
    @ 11:20 PM

    Lake County, represent! I love Willoughby.

    Great bike. I saw a guy tooling around inTribeca on one just like it last weekend, and turned green with envy.

  15. Jedd Rose
    on Sep 10th, 2009
    @ 11:38 AM

    Seriously bitchin’ green. Nice work.

  16. lane coutell
    on Sep 14th, 2009
    @ 4:10 PM

    kickstand’s are for pussies.

  17. Alan Wenker
    on Sep 17th, 2009
    @ 10:28 AM

    A couple of web sites for British bike fans.
    The Lake Pepin 3 speed tour is great fun. I’m riding in the ABCE on Saturday for the first time. I’ve got a 1969 Raleigh Sports 3 speed, same color as your Superbe. I was able to find a knock off pump which fit my Raleigh, not original but you can’t tell unless you look at the make.

    By the way, kick stands are rather practical.

  18. Matt
    on Nov 25th, 2009
    @ 6:04 PM

    You lucky so and so! Been looking for a Raleigh and can’t find or win bids!