May 25, 2005
1964 Armstrong 3-Speed Bicycle
Finally here is a photo of the British-made bicycle I tore down and rebuilt:
there are a few minor things I have yet to do but it's almost complete.
On another interesting note, tonight I found a 1967 lady's aqua blue colored Robin Hood 3 speed bicycle and bought it because my wife wants to go on the next 3-speed ride. It's a really cool bike with chrome fenders like mine. I already bought a nicer seat for it on eBay. Now I have a second project.
Posted by carl1236 at May 25, 2005 11:57 PM | Bicycle Restoration
Sweet looking bike John.
Are the handlebars on upside-down?
Posted by: Jim at May 26, 2005 8:12 AM
Congratulations, it's beautiful! I just took my 1964 Armstrong lightweight (women's frame) to get painted, since it was beyond simple restoration. I love your rack! where did you get it?
Posted by: kate at May 26, 2005 10:45 AM
Jim: Yes, upside down! Kind of sporty looking isn't it? haha. But not comfortable for long rides. It's great for zipping around town though.
Kate: Cool! I would love to see it when it's done. I have an old 1952 Schwinn 3-Speed that I might be repainting. I would like to hear your experiences with that process. Where are you having it done?
That nice red rack came with the bike. It's original equipment!
Oh, if you want me to create a drawing for you of the Armstrong script on the downtube, I'd be happy to trace it for you so you could have decals made. If you really want to go that far with it.
Posted by: John at May 26, 2005 4:37 PM
Actually, you can buy transfers for vintage english threespeeds online from H Lloyd cycles.
heres the URL:
I am having the paining done by Thickbikes in Pittsburgh. It's harder to find painters--these guys are actually powder coating. It isn't period-perfect, but I love the bike. At least it will give it new life. She's getting a snazzy new brooks saddle, too.
Posted by: kate at May 27, 2005 9:17 AM
There's a very good powder coater right here in Plymouth, MN called Powder Coating Technologies. They do great work and have about 300 colors from which to choose.
Posted by: Jim at May 27, 2005 10:24 PM
Great job on the rebuild/refurbish!
I share your sentiments about old things worth repairing. I own a 1966 armstrong, which was completely stock until some knucklehead tacoed my rear wheel. (while it was parked outside my place of work in NYC)
It's a new dream of mine to ride one of the English three speed events, perhaps we can meet and swap stories one day.
Posted by: Kevin at June 2, 2005 9:42 PM
Thanks for the great comments everyone! I'm having fun with this bike! And I'm hooked on the English style of touring, so I'll be going to the event in September and the Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour again next Spring. And my wife is committed to joining me now with her beautiful 1967 Robin Hood with chrome fenders like mine. I have yet to work on that bike.
Kevin if you hear of any other 3-Speed events please let me know. Thanks.
Posted by: John at June 2, 2005 10:32 PM