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Old 06-23-11, 05:14 AM   #1
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hercules vintage racer

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hello from alf sterling n.east u.k.
i am a collector of vintage bikes in the u.k. and i will be taking a closer look at the forums when i return from holiday ,i am in the south of france in antibes,i have just got a hercules racer which i need more info about the model it and an approximate year,it has a stamp on the rear lug 1932, has anyone any old advert pictures please, a link to some pics http://www.flickr.com/
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Your link just takes you to the Flickr start page.
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Love to see your Hercules. I'm still looking for information on a 30's (?) vintage Herc. Renown with an A type O Alloy Hub.

Please post some pictures of your Hercules! Here is a nice website on Hercules with lots of examples of early ones
http://herculesmuseum.wordpress.com/
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This is a link to my Bike Alf Sterling U.K.http://www.flickr.com/photos/alfspickup/
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Cool bike, that fork can't possibly be original???
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Lot's of cool vintage parts! Not sure all are original or Hercules. The front fork is new, no crown and brazed studs. The bars are very cool as are the brakes but unfortunatley they are not the type found on Hercules of that vintage. The frame is a Pre-Raleigh frame, the Headbadge looks to be a Birmingham made Bicycle. The frame for a Herc. Racer has cut way lugs, this example has uncut lugs which leads me to believe it is a Popular or simular frame. It would be a fun bike to clean up and ride but I don't think your going to be able to identify it as any particular uncorrupted modle.

I curious, can you post a picture of the BB, showing the style oiler cap?
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hello folks,thanks for the info given,i know about the forks,i have aother set to use,i thought the 1936 harrier advert looks like the same bike with the same brakes and seat,i really do not know for sure but i will try and find out more info if i can,plus it has a flip flop rear wheel.
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Hi alfspickup - Welcome to C&V!

That's a very nice Herc. Thanks for posting.
You have some very interesting bikes on your website too.

Interestingly I've seen a number of old British club bikes pictured now with those "mattress-style" Brooks/Terrys/Wrights. I've been so conditioned to expect a B-17 on any older race bike, that I thought they were unoriginal, but not now.
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Are those Philco 'centralpull' brakes? I've heard those date to the 20's, though 30's wouldn't surprise me. If the chainset is Williams (which I rather doubt), it will have a date code on the back of each arm and the ring. What does the headbadge say? Really old Herc's have the model name on the headbadge.
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Looks like the standard cottered Herc chainset, the Racer brochure looks like it says it's cotterless. The headbadge is typical pre-raleigh Herc. Bicycle and Motor Co.
Alfaspickup- what is the tire and rim size; 26x 1 3/8 or 1/4?
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the tyres are 26 x 1 3/8th,i realise it may not be original but i love it and will take it to shows for other folk to remanisse over it.
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the tyres are 26 x 1 3/8th,i realise it may not be original but i love it and will take it to shows for other folk to remanisse over it.
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Didn't intend to be negative, it's really cool, just wondering what and why it is? My old Herc. and for that matter my son's 54ish Norman are the same way. A nice mix of parts which in itself is a testimony to these bicycle....they keep going and going and going! Love to see more pictures as you bring it back to life.
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I made a mistake the tyres are 26 x 1 and 1/4 ,does anyone know what the brakes type are exactly please ? and the seat has hercules on the back.what is the BB you would like to see please,i will take a pic of the oilers
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Just curious about the type of oiler cap on the crank bearings. Also could you post the serial # on the seat tube lug?
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... does anyone know what the brakes type are exactly please ?
I have some that are extremely similar. The arm on the left side, above the pivot point, is marked PHILCO while the arm on the left side, above the pivot point, is marked CENTRALPULL. One of the cross-arms higher up has a REG. number that I cannot read on mine. I have seen photos of the same brakes without the PHILCO marking, but with the CENTRALPULL one. Do yours have any markings? I'd like to see some detail photos of the brakes, especially how they attach; perhaps then I can confirm that they are the same as mine, or not.
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Okay, never mind that, the brakes don't appear to be the same as mine! Here's a photo of one of my Philco centralpull brakes:

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