I found this bike on craigslist. Bought it from a guy that came across it at an auction and he paid a couple bucks for it to keep it out of the scrap pile.
I bought it without actually seeing anything other than a couple pictures. It is in much nicer shape than I figured it would be in. It must have been stored in a shed because, other than the rear rim, there isn't much rust on it and the rear brake actually works.
What I'd like to know is what year it was built. I read all the info. I could find and have concurred that it was built in Birmingham England by Hercules Cycle Company at there original location.
It has a Sturmey Archer hub #AW-7
Front hub has the Hercules logo the says "H.R. Pattern made in England" w/ grease cup.
The hoops are Dunlop
It has rod brakes (missing front stirrup); back one works!
Brake pads say"John Bull" made in England on them :>)
Stem says "made in England"
Grease cup on bottom bracket
numbers on BB are #14 67 I think; they're hard to read actually.
Numbers on top of seat tube lug are #VS 3203. The "V" could be in question but the rest is clear.
Here is a link to a album with more pics. of the old girl.