Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Accessories for your 3 speed
After locating a 3 speed you might want to fit some period correct accessories to it and luckily today there are still a few places where you can buy such items. Of course if you search E-Bay you may find the accessory you have been looking for, but you will be trying to out bid others who would also like the same item and more often than not you will end up paying far more than its really worth.
If you know other bicycle collectors just ask around as they may have the item you have been looking for and keen to sell it or check out old bicycle shops for NOS stock.
Below I have listed the basic accessories for a traditional British 3 speed
Saddle bag - If you are looking for the most traditional saddle bag you can find I would highly recommend a Carradice cotton duck touring bag, this British company is still making the same fantastic saddle bags that riders would purchase back in the 1940s. If your local bike shop can not order one for you just do a search for Carradice bags online.
Viva saddle bag rack - Viva is a Japanese company who make reasonably priced accessories for bicycles and their saddle bag rack is perfect for supporting a fully loaded bag. It is available online from http://www.velo-orange.com/visabagsu.html
Lucas Cyclometer - These are a little harder to find NOS but if you can locate one they are the perfect way to keep track of your mileage and you wouldn't want to put a modern cycle computer on your restored 3 speed would you ? Check E-Bay UK as sometimes they appear for sale.
Classic bicycle grips - One of the best places around for period accessories is the Old Bicycle Co ( see my links ) in the UK as the proprietor Tim Gunn has a vast range of parts and accessories for sale and his Britannica bicycle grips are exact copies of a bicycle grip from the 1930s.
Of course they are other accessories such as a pump, water bottle, bell, Head lamps etc and many of these can be either found online or NOS at bicycle shops to complete your restoration etc. If you have any questions re finding accessories please leave me a message anytime.
Pictured above are a few photos of common bicycle accessories