I just picked up a Hercules today for $50 which I am told was made in the 50s. I've been doing some research online and is the year on the rear hub a good indicator of the bike's actual age? Because it might be a '71 and not from the 50s.
Anyway, it's straight, nicely patina'd, but the tubes/tyres are shot, the chain's rusted solid, and the shift lever is missing (can I fabricate one? anyone have a spare?)...plus the shift cable is disconnected (it's all there, but just disconnected).
Okay, tyres/tubes...can I still get them? What should I look for and where's a good place to look for them?
Chain: it's just a chain, right? Pretty standard?
Shifter: Well, consider this a want-ad as well...it's tempting to fab up something a little funky, a little hot rod, but if someone has a spare...I'll totally go that route!
Seat: I'll be honest, I've a big butt and a bad tailbone...the seat on there now is very hard. I need something much wider and cushier...suggestions?
Here are some pix: