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Posted: December 29, 2013

 

LAST CALL

2014 Vintage CCM Calendar

Didn't find one under the tree.

Order now! Only a few left.

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A Great Christmas Gift!
Posted: November 17, 2013

ORDER NOW IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!

Click here to order the history of CCM.

Click here to order the 2014 Vintage CCM Calendar.

 

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The bikes of GT Flyte with thanks to Greg
Posted: November 12, 2013

 

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From the Collection of Evelyn & Alan
Posted: September 29, 2013
Our 1936 CCM Flyte was acquired just a month or so ago. A friend of Alan's saw pictures of a Flyte from the Brantford show on Facebook and said "I know someone who has one of those they're looking to get rid of." We took the drive down to Milton, and was led to this beauty hidden in a Cedar bush where it had been for at least ten years. 
 
 
Our Cadet, and my 1948 Ladies Loop frame were purchased in a lot of about 12 bikes from a nice fellow from Welland on New Years Day of this year. The Cadet was very toasty, but the ladies was mostly complete other than needing wheels and fenders. Alan gave the Cadet a complete restoration, and we had to sacrifice an Imperial for the wheels on my loop frame. 
 
 
 
The 1949 Camelback was given to us by the same friend who found us our Flyte last summer. This bike was also in very rough condition when we got her, and Alan gave her a complete restoration as well. 
 
 
The other two are our favourite of our muscle bikes, a 1968 CCM Charger, and a 1970 CCM Marauder. The Charger was purchased from Jamie McGregor at this past Branford Bicycle Show, and the Marauder was a fluke Kijiji find for a whopping $100 in Kitchener. Both bikes are all original and unrestored.
 
Evelyn & Alan
 
 
 

 

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A Bike Story
Posted: September 28, 2013

A while back noted CCM bicycle collector Ken Martin received a bike from an acquaintance of his by the name of Dan. According to Ken this is how it happened:

Dan, an incurable collector of all things with wheels, was out riding his bike when he came upon a van with an open trailer full of scrap metal about to pull out on the road from his driveway heading for the landfill.  He stopped the vehicle and asked if he could have the severely rusting bike that was on top. "Sure take it" the driver said. Dan went back and got his pickup truck and took it home.  This bike had already met its end, now a more permanent one was just minutes away, only fate had other plans. Here is a picture of that very bike.

This was that rusting heap CCM Motorbike snatched from the jaws of fate now three weeks later reborn and ready for its second life and somehow fitting that it was reclothed in red, symbolic of its warrior past and its determination to live!
I now own this bike.

When Dan restored this bike, he refused to remove the headbadge, instead taped over it and painted around it.  I asked him why he did this and he seemed shocked I would even ask.  "This is the bike's identity, to remove it is a sign of disrespect," said Dan.

Ummmm........OK.  He is eccentric, but in a good way.

Ken Martin

Have a bike (or bikes) with a story to tell send it along and we'll share it with everyone - john.mckenty@sympatico.ca

John  

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Photos of the 2013 Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show courtesy of Greg Chown and David Keough
Posted: September 19, 2013

 

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Dave Brown's 1896 Goold Co. Brantford Model B
Posted: September 06, 2013

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So What Happened After '83? (Part Three)
Posted: September 03, 2013

For the third part in this series, I thought it might be interesting to find out what happened to CCM bicycles after the company was purchased by Procycle in 1983. To that end, I contacted Raymond Dutil, founder and CEO of Procycle, who agreed to answer my questions by email. Although he has told me that the negotiations that led to his takeover of CCM could fill a book, in and of themselves, you will see that Mr. Dutil is, for the most part, a man of a few words. What follows is a transcript of my interview with him. Regards, John

  • Me: When Procycle began in 1977 was it a bicycle manufacturer from the outset?
  • Mr. Dutil: Yes
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  • Me: Did Procycle’s purchase of CCM in 1983 include the factory in Weston?
  • Mr. Dutil:  No
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  • Me: What happened to the inventory of parts and bicycles on hand at the time.
  • Mr. Dutil: Transferred to Procycle St-Georges, Beauce, Québec
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  • Me: How soon after its purchase of CCM did Procycle begin to manufacture CCM bicycles?
  • Mr. Dutil: 2 years after
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  • Me: What set the CCM line apart from the other lines of bicycles being produced by Procycle?
  • Mr. Dutil: We started to offer only to IBD. After we went to mass merchant.
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  • Me: Was the CCM line always manufactured in Canada?
  • Mr. Dutil: Up to 2004 Yes
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  • Me: When and why did Procycle cease production of the CCM bicycle line? 
  • Mr. Dutil: USD/CAD
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  • Me: When did Procycle sell the rights for the CCM bicycle line to Reebok?
  • Mr. Dutil: 2006
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  • Me: Do you know when those rights were transferred to Canadian Tire?
  • Mr. Dutil: No
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  • Me: The making of bicycles in Canada has always been a difficult proposition. What were/are its greatest challenges?
  • Mr. Dutil: Easy access to Asian producers  
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2014 Vintage CCM Calendar
Posted: August 12, 2013

 

2014 Vintage CCM Calendar

 

Send a photo of your favourite pre-1983 CCM bike(s) currently in your possession to john.mckenty@sympatico.ca and we will use them to produce a professional 2014 calendar.

Photos should be sharp, clear and free of clutter. No people in them.

We will need 14 photos - one for each month and one for the front and back cover.

Depending on the number of photos submitted, not all may be used.

Photos should be sent by the end of August in order to have the calendars available in the fall.

Along with the photos, please include a few brief details about the bike - year, model, personal history etc.  

We will produce a limited number of calendars so when they're gone, they're gone.

 

 

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This weekend in Ottawa.....
Posted: August 09, 2013

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THIS WEEKEND!  (Fri Aug 9th to Sunday August 11th)
Give your old bike a new life - in Kenya, Africa

What to bring: 

  • Adult-sized Mountain & hybrid bikes in working condition (wide tires, 24” and 26” wheels)
  • Bike tools, repair & patch kits, inner tubes, tires, seats and locks (with keys or combination) 
  • Cash donations to help with transport costs of bikes are appreciated
  • Please note that children’s bikes and bike frames without wheels are not suitable for this project. 
  • Click here for a detailed list of what we need and do not accept

When and Where:

Friday August 9th - 9:30am to 9:00pm
Saturday August 10th -  9:30am to 6:00pm 
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Sunday August 11th -  10am to 5:00pm

Billings Bridge Centre
main doors (entrance #5)
2277 Riverside Drive, Ottawa
(corner Riverside Drive and Bank in Ottawa South - map)

* Bicycles for Humanity volunteers will be on site on Saturday August 10th between 10am and 1pm to greet donors and provide information the initiative

This year, we will be shipping a Bicycle Empowerment Centre (BEC) - a 40ft shipping container packed with 400 donated bicycles, spare parts and tools, converted into a bike shop on site - to Kibera, Kenya to benefit an orphan care organization.

Through a partnership with Wheels of Africa, B4H will establish the BEC to help empower and engage a community in creating sustainable and responsible economic development in Kenya, while enabling greater mobility in the area for students, workers, and healthcare volunteers.

The BEC will benefit Kijiji Cha Upendo, “Village of Love” in Swahili – a community based organization that cares for and supports over 140 orphans and vulnerable children with programs aimed at meeting the most basic of needs: food, clothing/supplies and education. 

Billing Bridge Shopping Centre has graciously offered their facilities as the bike collection site for this year’s campaign. The drive will be led by the Security Team from Billings Bridge Centre and 20 VIC Management, Inc. property managers specializing in shopping centre management, leasing and development. 

We are so very grateful for the enthusiastic support from the many individuals and organizations who donate funds, goods, facilities and services and to the volunteers who give their time and energy towards helping improve lives!
 

THANK YOU!


P.S. Since the start of our initiative in 2007, we have delivered 7 containers filled with 2600+ bikes along with hundreds of spare parts and tools that benefited over 10 disadvantaged communities in Namibia and Malawi. We've initiated 3 community-based bike shops, created 15 jobs, and enabled improved access to healthcare, education, food, water, employment and social opportunities for thousands - and we did this together with the Ottawa community, as one community to another...  

P.P.S. If you do not have a suitable bike to donate, please consider a monetary donation to help with the transportation costs of the bikes to Africa - online donations are accepted and tax receipts are provided immediately via email. 

To date Vintage CCM has donated $1,000 to the Ottawa chapter of Bicycles For Humanity based on sales of Canada Cycle & Motor: The CCM Story. Thanks to all who have ordered the book and by so doing contributed to this very worthy cause.

 

 
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