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Old 09-29-2014, 11:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Picked up another stray (bike): 1962 CCM singlespeed

Found on my walk this AM... I couldn't resist. "Free," the sign said.



It's a CCM, made here in Ontario. The year is 1962, if a little sleuthing about the serial number -- B54682 -- can be trusted.

Other than a kinda crunchy bottom bracket (probably dry as a bone), it works. Tires (28 inch) even hold air (so far)!

The neat thing about these old bikes is the company made almost ALL the components too. EG: CCM branded crank:

(Yes, those are cobwebs on the chain. )



CCM caps on the fork:



Tons of patina. (A.K.A. surface rust.) But it looks to be mostly garage stored, for the amount of rust on it, and how little dry rot is on those old tires.

A previous owner re-painted it this neat sort of turquoisey/silver. Original colour looks like it was a dark red/maroon.

I'll clean it up, put grease & oil where needed, and ride it around.

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Old 09-29-2014, 12:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Good score...

And of excellent vintage...

I had a few CCM's growing up. A early 1970's 27" 10 speed. A early 60's girls 28" with a basket that I used to deliver newspapers with. And a earlier (much earlier) 28" men's single speed that had a original grey wool hair seat. It was my grandfathers that he used to ride back and forth to work with.

The girls bike is still in my family.

I wish however, I still had my grandfathers bike.

You should try riding that bike in the snow.

I rode that 28" girls bike year round delivering newspapers. A foot or so of snow meant nothing to that bike...

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Looks good. Some penetrant, green scuff pad, and some automotive paint does wonders.
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Agreed. I think I'll clean & wax the chrome as best as possible, but leave the frame & fenders as-is for some character.

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early 60's girls 28" with a basket that I used to deliver newspapers with.
I bet it was pretty much the same bike as this one.

I can't get over how high & upright the riding position is! Very different from my usual around town ride these days, on my other CCM:



http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...t-ccm-121.html

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I bet. My dad was given a really nice white CCM 10 speed in the late 70's not long before the company shut down. I wish that was still around.
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I am glad I kept my first 3 spd Huffy from 1967. It is getting refitted with double gears front and on the hub to be a 12 spd.

Clear it up good and clear coat the paint.
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Looks good! I didn't know CCM made bikes as well as hockey pucks

Should be a good around town cruiser, but good luck getting new tires if you need them!
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Really? I was wondering about that. There's not much tread left on 'em, but at least they're not in danger of exploding from dry rot (as I've had happen before). And as of this AM, they're still holding air!

Yesterday I fixed the rear rack (wasn't properly mounted), secured the rear fender better, straightened the front forks a little bit and then rode it all over town. Fun fun.

But singlespeeds sure are silly. I haven't had one since I was a kid. You have to stand up to power up hills or accelerate quickly, and then it's geared too low to go really fast downhill.

Listen to me complaining about my free classic cruiser. I love it.
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I had my brother in-law snap a picture...

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What size are the tires? Remember, a fractional size and decimal size may fit completely different rim diameters.

Perhaps you have these... 28 inch (635 mm) Bicycle Tires from Harris Cyclery It looks like Kenda (bless their hearts) sells old 28" sized tires- see the link. I have a set of Kendas on my 63 Schwinn and they are pretty decent.

Or, as Mr. Brown says, it could just be the Canadian name for modern 700C (622mm BSD) size tires which are available at any bike shop.
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redneck: cool bike!

Sven7: you're right. One tire's a 28 ("Canadian size", it actually says ), the other is a 700.

Instead of working, I've been disassembling & repacking bottom brackets & axles since lunchtime. Everything's as good as it can be. No more sloppy crank & clunky axles.

Good for another 52 years!

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