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CCM HISTORY - INTRO

CCM ROAD BICYCLES

CCM ROADSTERS, ETC

 

BICYCLES OF CANADA

 

 
CCM ROADSTERS, ETC

Though I prefer a good old racing, or even touring, road bicycle, I do not turn my nose up, at some of the other vintage bicycle offerings, that surface while out and about hunting old bikes.  To date, the oldest bicycle found must have been from pre-1900, if the story the owner told me was true.  And, for what it is worth, that old CCM had wooden wheels.

Several CCM roadsters, the heavy tractor technology versions, have come and gone through the years.  Of all those to pass through The Old Shed, I regret letting one go...

It was my good fortune to acquire a 1935 CCM Boy Scout Anniversary commemorative roadster.  That bicycle, acquired long before the idea to document my Velo finds came to be, was pretty darn neat.  Built to honour the 25th Anniversary of the Boy Scout of Canada, the bicycle was quite a gem.  Sadly, and predictably, being new to the interest of collecting vintage bicycles, I did not realize that what I had was worth keeping.

Other CCM bicycles of similar vintage and style have graced the gloom of The Old Shed, from time to time, but none really captured my attention.  Perhaps one should have been attended to a bit more, that one being an early fifties CCM Motorbike in great condition.  Sadly, the opportunity to acquire a NOS Francesco Moser frame set outweighed the need to keep the balloon tired CCM, and it was traded in a straight across, each participant pay his own shipping, deal.

   

A Red Bird, or two have presented themselves, over the years, as has one of the sturdiest bicycles I have every had opportunity to ride - the CCM Massey.  Massey, now there is a good name for a tractor and the CCM Massey followed the tractor technology philosophy to a T.  Heavy duty, all the way, and featuring a near built in front rack that could probably carry a hundred pounds, or perhaps a bit more.

Other CCM roadsters, of the Old School variety have aroused my interest, but only temporarily.  The bicycles, though interesting, are too long for me to hang in The Old Shed.  And keeping them on the ground is one quick way to get them damaged, sooner or later.  So, though it often pains me to do so, I try to find new homes for each one that I find.

In addition to the Old School tractor CCM bicycles, newer, lighter and more user friendly CCM steeds began to appear in the fifties and even more so in the sixties.  Bicycles like the CCM Elan, by comparison, a light weight roadster, fitted with multiple gears.  These bicycles were incredibly popular, reasonably comfortable to ride and well poised to push their heavier ancestors into the annals of Velo history.

A host of other vintage roadsters poured out of the CCM factory in the sixties and seventies.  Bikes like the Imperial, or the Century, simply bikes based on the same platform as the Elan, but fitted with different components and often times, more chrome plating.

All in all, the Canadian Cycle and Motor Company has produced a lot of bicycle in the 100+ years the company has been in the business.  Some of the bikes were pretty decent, but most were of utilitarian nature, and many of entry level quality.

 

 

     

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