Late last week, I managed to win an eBay auction for a Ladies Hercules bicycle. The bike has Raleigh lugs and a Sturmey AW hub dated 64 12. However, the headbadge says Birmingham instead of Nottingham. This is strange in that I thought all the production of Hercules bicycles had moved to Nottingham in the early 1960's.
Does anyone know if TI was still producing bicycles in Birmingham as late as 1964 or even 1965? This bike is no doubt a Raleigh frame, but the headbadge is confusing me to no end and it looks as if it belongs on the bike to me. There are no signs that the badge has been replaced as best I can tell. Also of note is that the bike has the Raleigh style mudguards with the brazed on stays instead of the wire stays which were standard on Hercules bikes even after the TI merger. As an aside, I have a 1964 Hercules Cruiser that Frank the Welder gave me which has a Nottingham badge affixed.
Anyone have any ideas on this? Pictures follow...
Ladie's 1964 Hercules Headbadge by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr
Ladie's 1964 Hercules - 1 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr
Ladie's 1964 Hercules - 2 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr
Ladie's 1964 Hercules - 3 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr