| Regarding the Hurcules listed just below.At second thought I think it was closer to 54/55 that I'm looking for.I'm wondering when Hercules was first being built by Raleigh.If it was 54/55 then I could consider a newer built bike.If 54/55 is a true Hercules then I need to stick with a Hercules built bike.|
| Hi there,|
I could be wrong but I understood that (here in England) Hercules were Raleigh built from 1946. Hopefully Chris, P.C. or one of our learned historians will put the record straight for you. Here all post 1946 Hercs had cast aluminium head badges for a few years, with a big H.
Matthew - its a herculian task
| Hercules was owened by the BCC till they got Raleigh in or around 1960 then they turned over all their brands to Raleigh.So hercules was a "Phillips" brand till 1960.---sam|
| Looking for a Hercules Royal Prince circa 1956.Will consider any reasonable condition.Prefer Black with cream rear fender blaze.But will consider any color.I have a number of Raleigh and Raleigh built bikes for possible partial trade.|
| I've found a nice GB handlebar that I want to use. How best to mount the aluminum bars without scratching them up as I slide them through the neck?|
I'm thinking of just taping 'em up. Any other ideas?
| I'd try using a wedge to hold the stem open and, depending on how wide it will comfortably go, maybe use a piece of thin plastic (milk jug plastic?) rolled into a tube in it. See if the handlebar will pass easily thru it.|
| I'm new to roadsters, but I have had some luck with this procedure with riser bars for mountain bikes and cruisers.|
With that disclaimer: If one end of the binder bolt hole on the stem is threaded, put the bolt in and cover the opposite opening inside the gap with a slug, or a quarter.
Then slowly tighten the bolt to drive the clamp open wide enough to slip the bars through. If you know a schoolteacher, transparency film sheets make a great protective covering that you can slip out afterward.
| Go carefully with the stem wedge or you can deform it too much and not be able to redeem it. |
Matthew - cautiously does it.
| Hello -|
Can anyone tell me where I mighht find a front fender for a woman's 1971 Raleigh Sports, in the rootbeer brown color? I've fixed up a bike for my wife, and this is one of the few missing components (the others include a reflector for the rear fender, and a saddle bag -- any info on those would also be appreciated). Thanks very much.
| Might have a lead for you on one - I'm looking for a rear myself, and have tracked down a pair locally at one shop that was damaged by Hurricane Wilma. Owner of the shop says he should be able to get the fenders out (and a few complete Raleighs that he has) in the coming weeks.|
| great -- please just keep me in mind|
| Might take me a week or two before I can arrange a trip down there, but I won't forget you. If you don't hear anything from me in three weeks, buzz me at email@example.com.|
| Hi just to let you know I've posted a few pics of a very old women's bike, a BSA Regency (serial number SN 601213) on my website www.oldbikes.741.com. Can anyone give me an idea of the age? (no gears). It has an interesting leather saddle-bag. My site allows a limited amount of access per day, so, if you dont get in, please try again tomorrow.|
What size wheels are on the BSA? If they are 24" then it is very similar to the 'Shopper' which pre-dates the Raleigh of same name by about 10 yrs, so would make this model early fifties. I realise this one is single speed but if it had gears it would have a BSA hub not Sturmey Archer.
The rest of your cycles make a collection to be proud of.
Thank you for sharing.
| I agree with Matthew. Nice collection of machines!|
Larry "Boneman" Bone