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Old 07-01-12, 07:47 AM
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Later model German Hercules

I have found, and am highly interested in a bike I found recently. It is like new and has some kind of internally geared 5 speed. Not a S/A. It has one shift lever on the handlebar. Other than some dry rot on the tires, it is in pristine condition. I cannot find any information, or pictures of one like it. Can anyone here offer anything on this? I have no pictures yet. It is a man's bike. The chain guard encircles the chain. It has 700 wheels and is a lugged frame. No cotter-ed crank.

I know, not much to go on.



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Old 07-01-12, 08:28 AM
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Will need some pictures. If the hub isn't SA, then I would guess Sachs, although I've never heard of them making a 5 speed hub.

Edit: Sachs began making a 5 speed in the 1980s.

Edit 2: Does it look something like this:
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Originally Posted by Mos6502
Will need some pictures. If the hub isn't SA, then I would guess Sachs, although I've never heard of them making a 5 speed hub.

Edit: Sachs began making a 5 speed in the 1980s.

Edit 2: Does it look something like this:
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Yes, very similar to this. Is this hub of quality? I have no experience with them. This bike seems has a very refined feel that I like.

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Lots of Hercules catalog scans on flickr:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/velocif...th/6921364682/
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Originally Posted by humanreisberg
Lots of Hercules catalog scans on flickr:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/velocif...th/6921364682/

Thanks, but those appear to be all road bikes. This one is more of a commuter type I think. It has tourist bars.


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Old 07-04-12, 07:58 AM
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Pics of the Hercules

I got the bike home.

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Looks pretty cool - 5 speeds and a coaster brake. The late model Altenburger(?) front brake is also really cool looking. I think it'd be a perfect city bike.
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I have it cleaned up now. I rode 4 mi this morning, then back on the stand it went for fine tuning. The Sachs hub is the easiest to adjust that I have encountered, but it does require some thought to get it just right. I had some clicking going on. With it on the stand, shifting while watching the cables, it was easy enough to figure out and correct. The gearing is perfect for my use. From what I have read so far I calling it a 1989-90 year model.

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Originally Posted by Oldbikerider
I have it cleaned up now. I rode 4 mi this morning, then back on the stand it went for fine tuning. The Sachs hub is the easiest to adjust that I have encountered, but it does require some thought to get it just right. I had some clicking going on. With it on the stand, shifting while watching the cables, it was easy enough to figure out and correct. The gearing is perfect for my use. From what I have read so far I calling it a 1989-90 year model.

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I have just brought one of these home, looks lovely though it's my first time with a coaster brake. Any info/tips on adjusting the gears appreciated
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Originally Posted by LizziePea
I have just brought one of these home, looks lovely though it's my first time with a coaster brake. Any info/tips on adjusting the gears appreciated
Pentasport adjusting:
Set to 4th gear
Turn crank to make sure the gear is locked in
Tighten both cables
Switch to first gear and turn cranks
​​​​​​If it doesn't or almost doesn't switch to 1st,cable is too tight
If small chain can be pulled out of the hub, cable is too loose


There are videos on YouTube as well, most in German but I guess the visuals could suffice
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