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Old 05-27-11, 09:41 PM
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The "other" Hercules (German)

Here's something you don't see too often on this side of the pond: a German Hercules 10 speed. Thought I'd share some pics...













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Pretty cool in a 70's boom bike sort of way. Any odd German manufacturer parts on it? I have a Kalkhoff that's probably the same vintage/same quality. It also has suicide butterflies, bracketry braze ons for a rear light generator, closely spaced front rings on the crank, an odd ball rack, thin nearly see thru paint, and ugly seat stay ends. What's your plans for it?
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Odd bikes/brands fascinates more! I hope you clean it up/restore and make hit the road again. The lugwork stands out! Hercules is an old german brand mostly known for their mopeds/scooters. Pic shows a 1967 Hercules roadster.
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My Kalkhoff had badly fainted paint, with one side looking like a "dusty rose" color and the other side having a more original "fushcia". One of the coolist features on the bike is the very elaborate foil decals, which would be gone and unreplaceable if i decided to repaint it. I would like to fix mine up, but the paint dilemma has me in a hold pattern.
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Yeah, the decals on the Herc are crumbling quickly and have me in a similar dilemma. I do like the color of the current paint, though, and will probably set the frame aside until the right donor parts come along. I see myself boxing up most of the accessories and running a coaster brake or 3sp conversion, and probably giving the bike to a college-bound friend or similar friend in need.

My overall impression is that the handlebars/fork/frame/rack are of decent quality and have a quirky aesthetic appeal, while most of what's bolted onto the frame is less than desirable.
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