Happy Canada Day!
Posted: June 30, 2012










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This past weekend
Posted: June 26, 2012


2012 Canadian Vintage Bicycle Show

Story and photos by Mike Badyk

Reprinted with the kind permission of Canadian Cyclist 

Many cyclists focus only on the new in the bicycle world, but there are plenty of folks who fondly look back to the history of our beloved sport. A case in point was the 11th Annual Canadian Vintage Bicycle Show taking place on June 24th. The venue was the Heritage View Farm in Brantford, Ontario (and right across the street from the Alexander Graham Bell Homestead). In many respects it is reminiscent of a car show, with manicured lawns and ornamental trees as the backdrop to the various booths.

The show is the passion of Jamie McGregor, who had on display not only a huge collection of vintage bicycles, but also an abundance of 60’s vintage “muscle bikes”. If you’re unfamiliar with the term think of 20” wheeled CCM Mustangs, Raleigh Choppers and Schwinn Stingrays. Jamie doesn’t have a store. “I just collect. I sell some things but it’s not really my focus. It’s important to hang on to all parts of our cycling history.”

Even though there is a commonality of being vintage bikes, there are several sub categories present. The core is the really vintage – bikes over 100 years old. Many of them are Canadian too, showing that we were in the thick of bicycle production. There are a wide variety of balloon tire/cruiser bikes from the 30’s through the 60’s. Then there were the aforementioned muscle bikes from the 60’s, joined by some vintage road racers.


One other category that I have only a little knowledge of is the “Rat Rod Bike”. These are customized bikes based on vintage cruisers. One of the standout bikes at the show was Ken Martin’s CCM Rat Rod. The frame is a 1938 CCM Flyte, which is an Art Deco style absolutely unique to Canada. The paint scheme is based on a 1936 CCM. Besides the saddle from the 30’s, this beauty is a mash up of new parts, new old stock parts and what ever else Ken wanted to do. “I was entering a Rat Rod contest, sort of at the last minute, and I did this bike in just 2 weeks. It is one of those happy accidents where everything just came together. This bike finished 4th in a worldwide competition. I’m really proud of it. So proud that it’s definitely not for sale.” Ken does have some CCM frames and forks for sale though. If you’re interested in this genre of bike visit


If you’ve ever seen vintage bikes then you know that many of the modern day innovations were actually tried 100 years ago. There were shaft drive bikes (see the Columbia below), full suspension bikes, racing bikes and utilitarian bikes. Check out this vintage Hartford from 1889. There are so many attempts at innovation on it that it is unbelievable. For all you GoPro users, there is a camera mount on the handlebar.



Some of the cruisers were very pretty. Here are two nice examples; an un-restored Western Flyer and the futuristic Silver King.



If you’ve ever had a desire to get a vintage bike then you’d probably want to try one. There is now a way to do this. A new company called Vintage Velo is about to open in Niagara-on-the-Lake. They have decided to take vintage bikes, restore them, and use them in their rental fleet. This show was their first official event. They have 70’s vintage Schwinns, 60’s CCM’s, and even a couple of 20 year old mountain bikes. They had some really neat bikes that could be just the thing to complete your Niagara visit. The web site is still a work in progress but you can visit them at



Even though muscle bikes are part of my childhood, my bicycle nostalgia really starts with my first road racing bikes in the late 1960’s. To my surprise I saw an example of my first proper road-racing bike. This is a 1970 Gitane Tour de France. Ah yes. A definite wave of deja vu. I had the same colour too. Sorry I sold it. Like 30 some odd years ago. Good thing this one was too small for me. There's always the danger of coming home with something you didn't intend to at shows like this.


If you’ve never been to the Canadian Vintage Bicycle Show it is well worth the visit. The venue is just gorgeous and the volunteers are super friendly and helpful. The modest admission goes to the Stedman Community Hospice. Check out the event at I have a sneaking suspicion that this going to become an annual event for my family.

Extra photo – Wilson Tandem – vintage unknown – From Wilson’s Music Store in Sarnia Ontario. Muscle bike display in the background.


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Just a heads-up
Posted: June 25, 2012




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This weekend!
Posted: June 19, 2012

MEC Bikefest Toronto

Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the Distillery Historic District
11:00am to 5:30pm

MEC Bikefest

About MEC Bikefest

MEC Bikefest is a daylong community celebration of all things bicycle related. Our goal is to bring together Toronto’s bicycle community and those new to bikes, to celebrate the wonders of cycling. Come join us and make it the best bicycle bash in Toronto.

This free event has something for everyone, so bring the whole family down to the sweetest cycling celebration of the summer.

Workshops and clinics are $5 each with proceeds being donated to our community partner, Cycle Toronto (formerly the Toronto Cyclists Union). Group Rides are free, however registration is required as space is limited. MEC Bikefest happens rain or shine so please dress for the weather. Be prepared for both warm temperatures and rain. Food and snacks will be available for purchase, or you are welcome to bring your own. And don’t forget your water bottle.

Event description

Along with fun and festivities, MEC Bikefest is a hub of knowledge where cyclists new and old can make connections and get the information they need to pursue their passion. Proceeds from this event will be donated to our non-profit partner, the Cycle Toronto.

MEC Bikefest Toronto features activities for cyclists of all skill levels, including:

  • Dozens of bike clinics and seminars (presented by MEC, Urbane Cyclist and Hardwood Ski & Bike)
  • Bike demos
  • Free bicycle safety checks
  • Bike valet parking (provided by Cycle Toronto, formerly the Toronto Cyclists Union)
  • Free basic repairs and tune-ups (provided by Bike Chain, Bike Pirates, Bike Sauce, Community Bicycle Network and Evergreen Bike Works)
  • MEC Bikefest Bike and Gear Swap
  • MEC Marketplace
  • Local bicycle retailers and exhibitor booths
  • Community and cycling advocacy information
  • Free drop-in activities for kids


MEC Bikefest Toronto happens downtown in the Distillery Historic District, on Parliament and Mill Street. Ride your bike to the festival – there will be bike valet parking on site. If you are driving, there is ample pay parking available on streets in the area.




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Mark your calendars! Coming up on June 24th.
Posted: May 16, 2012



 From a few years back: 


Record crowd attends Canadian Vintage Bicycle Show

by Heather Ibbotson, Brantford Expositor
Monday, June 28, 2010

 Antique and vintage bicycle fans from across Brant County and beyond were drawn to a farm on Tutela Heights Road on Sunday for the ninth annual Canadian Vintage Bicycle Show.

Bicycle buff, Ryan O'Brien of Toronto, was one of the early birds and he was impressed by what he saw.

"This is beautiful. I'm surprised at the selection," O'Brien said. "There are some unique pieces."

O'Brien, a member of a Toronto bicycle club called the Devil Strip Rollers, said he enjoys antique bikes and the ingenuity that went into their designs.

"Cycling is so driven by technology these days," he said.

Show organizer Jamie McGregor was confident of a great crowd at this year's event.

"We'll have a record turnout. No doubt," he said shortly after 9 a.m. on Sunday. "I've never seen so many (people) here this early."

More than 50 vendors and their wares dotted the large well-tended property of Jody and Bonnie Varey, who have welcomed the bicycle show to Heritage View Farm for the past five years.

Two-wheeled treasures ranged from those made in the late 1800s to about 1975. "We've got a good range of all eras," McGregor said.

Vendors on the site displayed a huge variety of bicycles, from the so-called "muscle bikes" of the late 1960s and 1970s with their high handlebars and banana seats to the towering Victorian high wheel (or Penny-farthing) with its massive front wheel and tiny rear wheel.

Spare parts were also available in abundance and buyers weren't shy about shelling out the cash. One woman bought a vintage bicycle seat with mammoth springs for $65; another bought a sprocket for $10.

Roger Tupper, of Hamilton, displayed treasures including a 54-inch high wheel made in 1887 by the U.S.-based Columbia bicycle company.

With a leather seat perched atop a huge solid rubber tire, and with only a hand brake to slow down, the high wheel does not look like an easy ride, even if the rider did overcome the hurdle of figuring out how to get on top of it in the first place.

Tupper said high wheel bicycles are not as intimidating to ride as they look. "I got the hang of it pretty quickly," he said.

Still. the contraption is finicky and even hitting a stone can completely send a rider head over heels, he said.

Costing a hefty $100 in their day, high wheels were expensive diversions for the well-heeled. These antique bicycles can now run from $4,500 up to$20,000, Tupper said.

Admittance to the show was a $5 donation to the Stedman Community Hospice. For the past three years, McGregor has used the event to do a bit of fundraising to thank the hospice for the care provided  to his father, John, who died there four years ago.

Reprinted with the kind permission of the Brantford Expositor.



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The Holy Grail
Posted: April 28, 2012

        Introduced in 1936 the CCM Flyte would  become the most sought after of CCM's numerous bicycle lines. Designed by company employee Harvey Peace it was the only bicycle design for which Canada Cycle & Motor Ltd. actually sought a patent.

The Patent Application

The principal objects of the invention are to provide a bicycle of an unusual novel and attractive appearance which will have a distinct appeal to the eye in conformance with the line adopted in the streamlining  of vechicles and further, to utilize the treamline effect of design to accomplish a very distinct improvement in the riding qualities of the bicycle to the effect the absorbing of road shocks and further, to provide a very desirable form of bicycle having a distinctly novel appeal. The principal features of the invention consist in the novel construction of the main frame whereby the upper bar is curved to meet the rear ends of the lower fork and to form a continuous part therewith and the front forks are curved downwardly with their lower ends bent rearwardly to form a resilient front support corresponding in part with the resilient rear fork.

In the manufacture of bicycles, it has been the practice for many years to construct the frame in accordance with a "standard" pattern which in side elevation is substantially diamond-shape or of a rhomboid formation with the rear forks extending substantially horizonally from the crank bracket and mating the rear braces or upper forks at an acute angle where the axle of the wheel is mounbted in slotted brackets and the front forks of said "standard" type of bicycles slope straight down from the head or front end of the frame having a slight curve forward for the castor effect. In the "standard" type of bicycle, the frame and forks are perfectly rigid and the shocks and vibrations of road travel are carried directly through the frame and transmitted to the rider. It is the dual purpose of this invention to devise a bicycle that will be easier to ride, its construction being such as to eliminate most of the minor vibrations and many of the major ones, or at least to greatly soften the transmission of such to the rider and further, to provide a bicycle which will appeal to the eye as conforming to present day standards of streamlining effects. In carrying these ideas into practice, I have contsructed a bicycle as shown in the accompanying drawings.

Harvey W. Peace
Assignor to Canada Cycle and Motor Ltd.

  CCM Flyte patent drawing 1935 -- ccm flyte curved bike antique flyer forks vintage bicycle drawing patent

The patent filed on October 23, 1935 and designated Patent No. 358849 was granted on June 30, 1936 and outlined a bicycle CCM claimed was both novel in design and practical in its ability to absorb the shocks and vibrations of the road.  Said to feature the "New Design Shock Absorbing Frame and Fork," the Flyte, available with either a 22" or 20" frame, was introduced by CCM in 1936 and produced until 1940.   



Company claims to the contrary the CCM Flyte was neither a revolutionary nor an entirely new design. The Schwinn company, a company with which Canada Cycle & Motor enjoyed a close relationship, had introduced the "Streamline Aerocycle" in 1934 and as noted Flyte collector Ken Martin points out ( the curved seatstays on the Fyte were not the first of its type since the same design could be found on the 1934 Monarck "Silver King."

While CCM marketed the Flyte as being stylish as well as functional, the fact remained that the model never became a big seller. As Martin points out, the company's decision not to resume production after the war indicates that the Flyte was not in great demand, unlike the CCM Motorbike model which remained a part of the company's product line for fifty years.

Retailing at $45.00 (as opposed to the CCM Roadster at $28.95), some maintained the Flyte was simply too expensive for a country mired in the depths of a depression.  Longtime CCM dealer Tom Marshall disagrees. With the sale of motor cars slumping badly during the Depression, Marshall counters that the hard times were actually a boon to bicycle sales. The first year of the Flyte in 1936 saw bicycle production in Canada increase by 30% over the previous year and production continued to climb steadily during the next four years.

Furthermore, while it carried a considerable price tag,  at the time the Flyte was still less expensive than the CCM Flyer ($80.00) and its delivery model ($55.00), both of which continued to sell during the Depression.

"That leaves design, which was probably too radical for the marketplace," maintains Marshall. "Had they simply streamlined a Motorbike without incorporating the cushioned stays and forks, it likely would have sold well, despite the price increase. It did for Schwinn and other U.S. companies."

Whatever the reason, the limited production numbers for the CCM Flyte ensured its future rarity, thus turning it into the Holy Grail for CCM bicycle collectors. 


Harvey Peace, who had designed the Flyte, was also instrumental in the design of CCM's tube skate (1929) and the CCM Bike-Wagon (1932). 

 A forty year veteran of CCM, Peace lived to see only one year of his bicycle's production, passing away, as he did, on December 12, 1936 at the age of 56. A champion bicycle racer in his youth, Peace was a popular member of the Weston community and at the time his funeral was said to be among the largest the town had ever had.  

"Friends and acquaintances from all walks of life gathered to do him tribute and the beautiful and numerous floral tributes were centred with a beautiful wreath from the CCM. This unusual floral piece was in the form of the CCM trademark finished in rare flowers, including orchids. ("Many Pay Tribute to Harvey W. Peace," VIM, Vol.24, No. 1, 1937, p.19)

In the end the true legacy of Harvey W. Peace was to be found in a bicycle design that would become the ultimate desire of CCM collectors around the world.



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CCM Tacks - Part 3 of 3
Posted: April 09, 2012


Readers told me: thanks for the memories 


Last Saturday, in my weekly Gazette column, I wrote about a sports milestone from my youth: my first pair of Tacks.

I was surprised by the number of emails I received from Gazette readers with their own Tacks memories. Here are some of their stories:

Mike Prociuk, Kamloops, B.C.: Thank you for putting into words my feelings on the CCM Tacks skates. My 25-year-old pair finally wore out this year and are not repairable. No one I talk to relates to how I feel about them. On a brighter note, I managed to find a brand-new pair of 25-yearold Super Tacks on eBay and bought them.

Robbie Key, LaSalle: There were five boys in my family, and new skates were out of the question. I'm sure the used pair of Tacks I received were from a lucky boy who upgraded to Super Tacks. New or used, though, I was in my glory! Unfortunately I was never lucky enough to own a pair with the Tuuk blades. That was reserved for my brand-spanking-new pair of Micron "boot" skates that I found under the Christmas tree one year. They didn't make my game any better, but they helped me stay off my ankles, something those hard plastic inserts I used in my Tacks couldn't do. I wish I had saved my Tacks, too, even though they might not have fetched $10 today. I'm virtually wearing them right now, reminiscing about all the goals I scored as Guy Lafleur way back when.

Jamie Chouinard, Georgetown, Ont.: I am 52 and grew up in Beaconsfield. I can still remember my first pair of Tacks. I was playing peewee hockey for the rep team in Beaconsfield and my old skates (hand-medowns from my brother) were worn out with the blade sharpened to the base. My dad finally gave in and bought me Tacks. I can still remember putting them on for the first time. They fit like a glove, so comfortable that I wore them barefoot. What a feeling! I skated faster and better than any time before. I wore them at the Quebec Peewee Tournament in 1973.

Glen McCrum, Toronto: My Tacks experience started when I was about 8 in the late 1960s out in the Townships. My father had bought my first pair of "regular" skates when our local arena was built in 1967 to first see if I would stick with organized hockey. I was fortunate enough to have a generous father who valued good equipment, and the next year, when it looked like this was going to be a regular activity for me, he sprang for a pair of Tacks. When the next season rolled round, I can still remember my father looking at the Tacks and comparing them to the Super Tacks. He noticed the front metal plate that attached the blade to the boot was bigger, extending to the edges of the boot on the Super Tacks - and he declared that was an important point for support, so from then on it was Super Tacks. My father liked hockey, having played a lot himself; his claim to fame was being a practice goalie for the Canadiens during the war years when teams regularly only carried one goaltender. I traded in my skates every year at our local dealer (which was a hardware store) and if I remember correctly a new pair cost him $20 or $25 each year. One thing that always started an argument was my father's desire to put a coating of clear shellac on the boots to protect the leather as I was on the ice so much. Watching my new skates get the treatment was always so disappointing. I still have the last pair he bought me in 1976, my last year of high school and intercity hockey before going off to CEGEP. I still play hockey in an adult league wearing CCM skates, the modern version minus the Tackaberry name - and no shellac.

Christian de Saint-Rome, Baie d'Urfé: Your column on Tacks skates was a very nice stroll down memory lane for me as well. My brother and I, who were outdoor rink rats, also had Bauer Black Panthers before I got Tacks at McNiece's sports store and he went for the Langes.

Rick Morgan, Kanata, Ont.: When I was at Macdonald College in Ste. Anne de Bellevue in 1966, at the first hockey practice of the year, coach/athletic director Bob Pugh talked about the three things you don't ever lend to anyone, ever: your wife, your money or your Tacks! Macdonald College, through McGill, used to pay for half the cost of your Tacks back then.

Paul LeBlanc, Beaconsfield: I acquired a pair of Tacks from the boyfriend of one of my older sisters; he died at a young age in 1955. I was the envy of my high-school bantam teammates for several years. On entering college, I bought myself a new pair of Tacks in 1962 from the memorable McNiece's, which was then on McGill College. I still have the McNiece's skates in the basement; I guess that's why we often have basements stocked with this stuff. They're still in great shape, that trademark kangaroo leather still pliable, the pre-Tuuk blades still rocketed sharp by ''Dusty'' (how appropriate a name!) at the old Wilson's Sports Store on Somerled/Cavendish. Thanks for helping me relive the memories.

The above is reprinted with the kind permission of Stu Cowan and the Montreal Gazette. 


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CCM Tacks - Part 2 of 3
Posted: April 01, 2012

My first pair of Tacks: Skates worthy of composition

MONTREAL - We published a six-part feature series in The Gazette last week on milestones under the headline: "Remember your first...?"

There were stories about "my first apartment", "my first car", "my first kiss", and "my first cat" among others.

The series reminded me of a sports milestone of my youth: my first pair of Tacks.

If you’re around my age (48) and played hockey as a kid, you probably had a pair of CCM Tacks skates on your Christmas wish list. If you were really good, you might have even wished for a pair of Super Tacks.

If you were really lucky, you got a pair.

CCM Hockey started out as Canada Cycle and Motor Company Limited in 1899 out of Weston, Ont., but it wasn’t until 1905 when the bicycle market started to crash that the company began making hockey equipment. The Tacks began as a boot designed by shoemaker George Tackaberry in 1905 after Hall of Famer Joe Hall felt the boot of his skate wasn’t good enough and went to Tackaberry to design a better one. CCM got the Tackaberry name when the shoemaker died in 1937 and started putting out the Tacks line of skates.

I finally got my first pair of Tacks when I was 13, and was so excited that I wrote a composition about it for my English class. My mother actually found the paper recently while clearing out some boxes at her house (she also found a box full of my old hockey and baseball cards a few years ago. Thanks, Mom!).

My Tacks weren’t under the Christmas tree. As a growing boy, new skates were an annual thing and Tacks weren’t cheap. Like many Canadian kids, I had a couple of pairs of Bauer Black Panthers, including a pair purchased at Howie Meeker Hockey School. They were good skates, but they weren’t Tacks. At the time, most of the players in the NHL were wearing Tacks or Super Tacks.

But before the start of my 1976-77 hockey season, my parents gave me the okay to get a pair of Tacks. After shopping around, I found them on sale in the sports department at the old downtown Eaton’s store.

“There they were,” I wrote in the composition. “The skates I dreamed of. Tacks with the new Tuuk blades. I tried them on and they fit perfectly. I couldn’t believe it ... I finally had the skates I had always wanted. I can’t wait to try them out in a game.”

I remember bringing the skates home and putting them beside my bed when I went to sleep that night so I could look at them again when I woke up.

Jean Béliveau was one of the many Canadiens players I remember wearing Tacks and I called him at home this week to see if he remembered when he got his first pair.

“Probably when I played junior for the Quebec Citadelles,” he said. “When I first started (playing hockey) in my hometown of Victoriaville, I don’t think I had that good of a skate.

“My first pair of skates were a Christmas gift from my parents when I was 3 or 4,” Béliveau recalled, “but don’t ask me what kind they were.”

Béliveau remembers wearing Daoust skates at one point in his Hall of Fame career, saying he did some advertising for the company “and I wouldn’t advertise a product if I didn’t use it myself.”

But Béliveau wore Tacks for most of his career with the Canadiens and was wearing them when he scored his 500th career goal in 1971 and when he won his 10th and final Stanley Cup later that year. Béliveau saved those skates and put them up for auction a few years ago.

“The grace and speed ‘Le Gros Bill’ displayed skating up and down NHL ice surfaces was always done while wearing CCM Tackaberry skates and these can be considered the most significant pair of blades ever offered from the legend’s magnificent career,” is how Classic Auctions described them.

The skates sold for $10,000 as one of 195 items Béliveau put up for auction, bringing in almost $1 million. Béliveau, now 80, chose to sell much of his memorabilia to offer a financial cushion for himself and his wife, Elise, along with their daughter, Hélène, and granddaughters Mylène and Magalie.

Marc Juteau, the president of Classic Auctions, told me his company also sold a pair of Super Tacks that Bobby Orr wore during the 1974-75 season with the Boston Bruins for $10,000. That was the season the Hall of Fame defenceman won his second Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer with 46 goals and 89 assists for 135 points.

CCM Hockey no longer makes the Tacks line and today’s kids are probably dreaming of a pair of U+ Crazy Light CCM skates like the ones Alex Ovechkin wears. Or maybe they want a pair of Reebok 11K Pump skates like Sidney Crosby wears, or a pair of Bauer Vapor skates like the ones Steven Stamkos wears.

But there was a time when most Canadian boys wanted a pair of Tacks.

I wish I had saved mine. They wouldn’t be worth a dime at auction, but the memory is priceless.

Reprinted with the kind permission of Stu Cowan and the Montreal Gazette.

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CCM Tacks - Part 1 of 3
Posted: March 21, 2012


Having introduced its Automobile Skate (so-named because it was made with the same steel as its Russell motor car) in 1905, CCM dominated the Canadian skate market unti 1927 when the Western Shoe Co. of Kitchener, Ontario, owned by the Bauer family, began to produce skates using their own boots and blades from the Starr Manufacturing Co. Introduced as the first skate in Canada to leave the factory with the blade already attached to the boot, the Bauer Supreme had become the country’s fastest selling skate.


It was a challenge to which CCM wasted little time in responding. Looking for a boot to match the Bauer Supreme, CCM turned to the shop of Manitoba shoe-maker George E. Tackaberry (1874 – 1937).




Born in Dresden, Ontario, Tackaberry had apprenticed as a shoemaker in Ontario before heading to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Brandon, Manitoba, where he specialized in the construction of orthopedic shoes for the handicapped. In 1905 Tackaberry had been approached by his next door neighbour, Joe Hall (1882 – 1919), a rough and tumble NHL defenseman whose mad dashes down the ice often resulted in him having to come to a sudden halt. As hard on his skates as he was on his opponents, Hall complained to Tackaberry that he couldn’t find a boot that would last him an entire season. Being a good neighbour, Tackaberry decided to help Hall out.


Joe Hall


After carefully measuring Hall’s feet, Tackaberry used a combination of innovative design and meticulous craftsmanship to come up with an answer to the player's problem. Using moisture-resistant kangaroo hide that wouldn’t stretch, Tackaberry lowered the top of the boot nearly two inches and added a snugly-fitting reinforced heel and toe as well as an improved arch support and thicker tongue.


Said to “fit like a glove,” word of the boot quickly spread among the players in Tackaberry’s hometown including up-and-comers Lester Patrick and Art Ross. Patrick, a gangling youth from Westmount, Quebec had come to Brandon in 1904 after starring for McGill University and became Tackaberry's second customer. Meanwhile Art Ross, who joined the Brandon Elks in 1905, quickly followed suit. Before long word of the high quality skate was the talk of dressing rooms across Canada.


In 1927 CCM took over the entire boot output of Tackaberry's Manitoba shop and began to produce their own brand of skate with a factory-connected blade. Known as a "Matched Set," a giant replica of the skate, measuring 14'6" in length and weighing over 300 lbs., was exhibited at the 1932 CNE.  


The mate for the Tackaberry boot arrived in 1934 when CCM general manager J.W. Gibson announced the company was producing a new “heat-treated” blade made of Sheffield steel.


“We’ve been working on this new skate for the past three years,” explained Gibson, “and we are sure that CCM is making a real contribution to the hockey world with the ‘Prolite.’ As a result of the extensive tests we have made we know that the new ‘Prolite’ is the strongest tube skate CCM has ever produced.” 


To unveil its new Prolite blade, CCM enlisted the help of NHL star Charlie Conacher.



“Being leading scorer is partly luck, I guess, but skates have a lot to do with it. Split seconds count, so you must have skates that are light and lively enabling you to skate fast, shift quickly or stop instantly. CCM’s Prolite helps to make these things possible,” declared Conacher.


With its combination of Prolite blade and Tackaberry boot CCM had found its answer to the Bauer Supreme and before long its CCM Tacks returned the company to the forefront of skate manufacturing in North America.


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2012 Canadian Vintage Bicycle Show
Posted: March 08, 2012


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