Notices
Classic and Vintage Sales Private Sales Only, no online storefronts. All prices must be quoted, we are not an auction site.

1969 Hercules Sports

Old 09-23-18, 08:50 PM
  #1  
Rustbelt Rider
Thread Starter
 
mkeller234's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Canton, OH
Posts: 9,105

Bikes: 1990 Trek 1420 - 1978 Raleigh Professional - 1973 Schwinn Collegiate - 1974 Schwinn Suburban

Mentioned: 20 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 261 Post(s)
Liked 372 Times in 177 Posts
1969 Hercules Sports

1969 AMF Hercules Sports. It was made in England by Raleigh I think. It has a sturmey archer 3 speed internal hub. I completely rebuilt this bike in 2012 and gave it to a family member. In 2012, I replaced and packed all of the bearings with new grease. I replaced all of the cables and I serviced the 3 speed hub. Unfortunately, it was left to rust in a Garage and seldom ridden. Condition is pretty good overall, but it has some surface rust. The bearings are still in good shape and spin smooth. The chain will need replaced. Everything else is functional.

$35.00. I dont really want to shop this bike. Im located in North East Ohio.





Last edited by mkeller234; 09-25-18 at 04:38 AM.
mkeller234 is offline  
Old 10-01-18, 08:41 AM
  #2  
Bikes are okay, I guess.
 
thumpism's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Posts: 6,938

Bikes: Waterford Paramount Touring, Giant CFM-2, Raleigh Sports 3-speeds in M23 & L23, Schwinn Cimarron oddball build, Marin Palisades Trail dropbar conversion, Nishiki Cresta GT

Mentioned: 69 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2647 Post(s)
Liked 2,451 Times in 1,558 Posts
Good luck with your sale. Not in the market myself but that's a nice little bike. Too bad it was let go by the recipient. There's a ladies' version of similar vintage in blue rusting out in the open at a nearby antique shop.

I was given what had been a pristine ladies' Sports that I found for $24 at a yard sale while shopping for a neighbor who wanted a 3-speed like mine. After 20 years in her back yard (and probably not ridden once in that time) you can imagine how it looked when I got it back.
thumpism is offline  
Old 10-03-18, 06:08 PM
  #3  
Rustbelt Rider
Thread Starter
 
mkeller234's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Canton, OH
Posts: 9,105

Bikes: 1990 Trek 1420 - 1978 Raleigh Professional - 1973 Schwinn Collegiate - 1974 Schwinn Suburban

Mentioned: 20 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 261 Post(s)
Liked 372 Times in 177 Posts
Thanks. I listed it in my local craigslist too. Im surprised its still for sale. I thought someone would snap it up pretty quick. The British 3 speeds seem to be waning in popularity.
mkeller234 is offline  
Old 10-04-18, 08:19 AM
  #4  
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New York, NY, and High Falls, NY, USA
Posts: 40,574

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Mentioned: 513 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7390 Post(s)
Liked 2,546 Times in 1,481 Posts
I mentioned this to someone who I believe is not paying member and can't see this thread. I told him he might be able to bribe you to ship it to him. If you took it to a bike shop and had them ship it, the cost might be worth it for him.
__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Old 10-04-18, 06:38 PM
  #5  
Phyllo-buster
 
clubman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Nova Scotia
Posts: 8,858

Bikes: roadsters, club bikes, fixed and classic

Mentioned: 133 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2299 Post(s)
Liked 2,061 Times in 1,258 Posts
Originally Posted by mkeller234
Thanks. I listed it in my local craigslist too. Im surprised its still for sale. I thought someone would snap it up pretty quick. The British 3 speeds seem to be waning in popularity.
Perhaps there's an entire generation of deceased grannys and grandpas, moms and dads & Aunties and Uncles who've left a 3 speed or 2 behind in garages and basements. Supply and demand. I lost a great friend this year and he's leaving a pristine Superbe behind. They'll outlast us all.

We see postings every week on this forum alone. I don't bother to 'share' the dozens I see each year.
clubman is offline  
Old 10-04-18, 07:34 PM
  #6  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 1,796
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 403 Post(s)
Liked 144 Times in 107 Posts
Originally Posted by clubman
Perhaps there's an entire generation of deceased grannys and grandpas, moms and dads & Aunties and Uncles who've left a 3 speed or 2 behind in garages and basements. Supply and demand. I lost a great friend this year and he's leaving a pristine Superbe behind. They'll outlast us all.

We see postings every week on this forum alone. I don't bother to 'share' the dozens I see each year.
A couple years ago, I bought a pair of Sports bikes from a guy in Houston who had inherited his grandparents' house and furnishings in a desirable part of town. The bikes were in the garage: a 51 step-through and a 56 regular frame. Unlike most of the old Sports bikes I've come across, these two had been well used. Most seem to just die of neglect-- rusty pedals with pristine rubber, melted original tires, AW hubs that barely roll and won't shift until flushed.. I think it was Bandera who had a very funny post a couple years ago about the life of a typical Raleigh Sports.

Shipping via bikeflights is amazingly reasonable. $55 to get the new-to-me Motobecane from NJ to Houston and that allows for 50 lbs, I think. Suppose a Sports plus packing might be pushing it.

Someone can probably get a free bike box locally and there's youtube videos about how to pack bikes Just need to make sure that things like axle ends are padded, else the animals will find a way to get it to puncture the box.

Last edited by desconhecido; 10-04-18 at 07:39 PM.
desconhecido is offline  
Old 10-04-18, 08:09 PM
  #7  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Posts: 2,131
Mentioned: 20 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 248 Post(s)
Liked 177 Times in 112 Posts
I remember that 7 years ago, when I start repairing bikes, the Raleighs/Hercules 3 speed were worth some money, I got 200...250 for a nice one, I sold a rear wheel.fpr 40$. I was selling 3 speed bikes with prices from 80 to 200, Huffy to Raleigh. I was selling probably 30...40 three speed bikes a year. This year I sold maybe 2 or 3. No interest for them anymore .
If I was closer (like 10...15 minutes) for sure I bought it already.
__________________
1992 Torelli Nitro Express; 1972 Claud Butler.
marius.suiram is offline  
Old 10-05-18, 07:28 AM
  #8  
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New York, NY, and High Falls, NY, USA
Posts: 40,574

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Mentioned: 513 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7390 Post(s)
Liked 2,546 Times in 1,481 Posts
I haven't looked on craigslist recently, but here in NYC not long ago, English 3-speed values were quite high. I don't know if they've fallen. They're still as useful as ever. Lots of people here choose bikes for practical reasons. I see a lot of 3-speeds locked up outside, sometimes 24 hours a day because people don't want to bring them inside. It's a damned useful bike, durable and reliable.
__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
alrob
For Sale
12
10-01-20 07:32 AM
raleighroadster
Classic & Vintage
2
12-07-18 04:04 PM
chiefkurtz
Classic & Vintage
17
10-07-18 11:38 PM
Essthreetee
Classic & Vintage
15
06-29-18 04:57 PM
owenmyers
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
3
11-22-12 06:25 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.