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What's Up With This Hercules?

Old 07-09-15, 11:02 AM
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What's Up With This Hercules?

This 3-speed Hercules has been on my local CL for awhile. First off it has cables coming from both sides of rear axle/hub? What model has this setup? Also the spatter paint job doesn't look like it was done aftermarket. What's up with that?

I wouldn't pay $80 even in my market, but could you educate me about this bike?

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Vintage Ladies Hercules 3 speed bike Repair or Parts
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Could it be a 5 speed?

https://societyofthreespeeds.wordpre...lt-five-speed/
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Old 07-09-15, 11:34 AM
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My guess is that bike hails to the mid 80's or early 90's...
Perhaps not even Taiwanese/Chinese, and not proper British. I think that speckled look occurred on some bikes of that era.

I don't see a rear brake caliper or left brake lever, does it have pedal brakes?
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@CliffordK - I initially thought that, but it has cottered cranks. Surely those were phased out by the '80's????
@TugaDude - could be a 5 speed. I'm tempted to go look at it, but it's way the heck on the east side of Portland & I'm in a different city, to the west.
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That bike looks more modern than my 1963 Hercules three speed.
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen View Post
@CliffordK - I initially thought that, but it has cottered cranks. Surely those were phased out by the '80's????
I'm not sure.
I think there were 3 competing cranks.

- Cotters
- Cotterless
- One Piece.

I didn't pay a lot of attention to cotter cranks, but I think they endured for a very long time in the low end bike market (town bikes?)

Here is a 1986 Raleigh Catalog.
'The Headbadge': 1986 Raleigh USA Catalog
https://www.kurtkaminer.com/1986raleighcat_usa_26_lg.jpg

It is a little grainy, but it appears as if the 1986 3-speeds had cotters.

I'm guessing your Hercules is even newer than that. Or, somewhere around that time period.
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That is the German Hercules and not the British Hercules. German bikes are good around the town bikes. I like their quality better than the British 3 speeds.
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Geez if that was near me $80 might be tempting just to have that 5spd hub, if it worked.

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Has it been a whole month since the ad went up?

I'm surprised someone hasn't snapped it up yet... or perhaps someone has.
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