WANTED:   Schwinn s-6 (English EA 1) rear wheel posted by: Brett on 8/3/2007 at 7:18:38 AM
I have an old Schwinn one speed Roadbike and need a new rear wheel. just the hub would work as well, but I have been having a very hard time locating anything. If anyone knows any other options that would be great...
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   RE:WANTED:   Schwinn s-6 (English EA 1) rear wheel posted by David on 8/3/2007 at 1:09:35 PM
You might try looking for the size 26 x 1 1/4 rather than S6 or EA1. But I think you're going to have to cannibalize a wheel or rim from some other bike. Have you thought about using a different size altogether? (It took me about 3 years to find another steel 26 x 1 1/2 and that's a more common size)
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   RE:WANTED: Schwinn s-6 (English EA 1) rear wheel posted by sam on 8/5/2007 at 7:18:28 AM
A new set of Sun rims from Harris would be what I'd get.
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   DON'T HOP UP A B.S.A. AIRBORNE BIKE IF YOU ARE EVER GONNA SELL IT! posted by: Chris on 7/31/2007 at 3:37:26 PM
Don't hop up a B.S.A. paratrooper airborne bicycle if you are ever going to sell it. Even having original parts on hand to throw in the deal does not make much difference because they whine about having to put it all back!

I have it up for sale and everybody wants one as close to original as can be.

Ok, they can go find one on e- bay and pay between 450.00 and 800.00 I see them as high as 1,200.00

all original, with those hideous, unridable cranks, single speed, hubs all worn out,
worn out headsets that are a terrible painful, expensive adventure to locate
worn out bottom bracket parts
worn out cones and spindles and bearings that are all pitted.
Hey, they want original? let them have it!
The war issue B.S.A. rifle the soldiers used did not come with my bike and.......... it's a good thing. I'd possibly use it and put myself out of all my misery (or miseries as in the plural tense)
Then, at the estate sale the new owner who wants to sell it gets asked questions like:

Do you have the original parts that this came with?
Then again, it folds, so it can go in the coffin with me, if they turn the bike sideways!
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:  Complete: means completely worn out! posted by Chris on 7/31/2007 at 3:54:07 PM
Bottom line is, Don't expect an easy time selling a bike that has become your "project bike" as your project, for all the passion and coolness you see in it is likely a muddled mess they would not have made out of it if they were you starting in this.

Oh No, it has to be original!
When was the last time you saw something listed for sale and they tell you it has been totally overhauled, rebuilt with original parts?

Never! Every blasted one of these bikes you see on e- bay need a complete re- build! Sure, it's complete.
Complete with completely worn out hubs, chains, cables, brake pads, bearings, spindles and races!
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AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Hercules bike info needed posted by: Spencer Finks on 7/30/2007 at 4:53:50 PM
I've been given an old Hercules, and am unable to find any info about what I have. It's labeled Hercules, as well as "Royal Imperial" along the chain guard. I am not finding anything similar to it and any Hercules information I do find it really sparse.

Would love links, and if possible a serial number chart.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Hercules bike info needed posted by Chris on 7/31/2007 at 11:36:57 AM
Do a wikipedia search for:
Hercules Cycle and Motor Co.

follow the link to: Made in Birmingham.org

Your Hercules bike was made before the Raleigh merger/ takeover. So Raleigh parts will not work.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Hercules bike info needed posted by Spencer Finks on 8/1/2007 at 2:45:36 PM
Hey thanks for the info. Wish I could find more detailed information. I cannot find any information on the bike at all. Doesn't seem to be much information on them at all.

I'll continue the search for info, still hoping a list of serial numbers [for dating the bike] will appear.

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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Hercules bike info needed posted by Spencer Finks on 8/1/2007 at 3:11:39 PM
Figured I'd add what I believe to be the serial number, in case someone can help out, found it on the part of the rear frame where it meets the rim;

3897ES


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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Hercules bike info needed posted by Chris on 8/2/2007 at 10:30:53 AM
Please post a picture for us
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Hercules bike info needed posted by Spencer Finks on 8/2/2007 at 5:48:35 PM
Will do tomorrow, finally got ahold of my camera. Also going to see if the hub has a date.
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Hercules bike info needed posted by Chris on 8/3/2007 at 7:18:30 AM
I'm guessing its a very tall frame mens model, 28 inch tall frame, 28 inch wheels, rod brake bike.

There was a bike with this name that matches the description I gave.

I'll know if I'm right when Spencer posts his picture. If I'm correct, it's a very, very, rare bike!
Something to be very excited about.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Hercules bike info needed posted by Spencer KAITLIN Finks on 8/3/2007 at 1:08:12 PM
her pictures* haha. It's actually a ladies bike. The hub indicates it's from 1960, but the bike's decals say it was made in Birmingham. So I dunno if it's pre-Raleigh or not at this point.

Click on the photos for full sized versions.



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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Hercules bike info needed posted by Chris on 8/4/2007 at 6:37:55 AM
I was wrong.
Never the less, the picture quality of this bike is excellent. Such large and colorful pictures. The digital camera has come a long way.
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   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Hercules bike info needed posted by Chris on 8/4/2007 at 6:40:00 AM
Pre Raleigh for sure. Perhaps the year before Raleigh bought Hercules. I can tell by the headset nut. Nice bike. Love that chainguard!
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Hercules bike info needed posted by Spencer on 8/4/2007 at 10:28:54 AM
Haha, I was let down by those pictures! Usually my camera is better.

In any case, the hub date has me confused. Wasn't Hercules sold to TI in 1946/47? Guess the rear rim must have been replaced at some point.

But yes, the chain guard is my favorite part of the bike! Can't wait to get it in tip top shape. Too bad my chances of finding decals is slim to none.

Thanks for the help Chris.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Hercules bike info needed posted by PAULO CEZAR BARROS on 8/5/2007 at 11:58:42 PM
Hi, I have an old HERCULES and I want to know the accurate date of its manufacture and its original color. I number it serial is "UB 7910". I live in BRAZIL, Rio De Janeiro City. Very obliged for the attention. PABLO CEZAR BARROS.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Hercules bike info needed posted by PAULO CEZAR BARROS on 8/6/2007 at 12:04:48 AM
Hi, I have an old HERCULES and I want to know the accurate date of its manufacture and its original color. I number it serial is "UB 7910". I live in BRAZIL, Rio De Janeiro City. Very obliged for the attention. PABLO CEZAR BARROS.


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AGE / VALUE:   Safety pin trick 3 speed hubs posted by: Chris on 7/30/2007 at 7:05:16 AM
Well, it's not a balled up bread twist tie but I ran a safety pin through the indicator chain and closed it and then I centered it and it is holding the bike in first gear. I have yet to ride it but i think it will hold.
I saw a guy use a wire twist tie and he was riding it.
You can also do this and have the gear in 2 nd gear as well.

Keep a safety pin and extra indicator chains in your kit bag as well as an extra cable and cutters and bits.
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AGE / VALUE:   What's with this bike on eBay? posted by: sciencemonster on 7/29/2007 at 7:15:50 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120146450880

1973, good shape but he still lists dings/dents on frame, pump, wheels, handlebars, and chain guard. No closeups - all the pics are from far enough away you can't tell anything. Missing the Brooks seat, no dynohub.

$395 after six hours.

Astounding what a little cleaning and some wax can do.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   What's with this bike on eBay? posted by Dick in FL on 7/30/2007 at 1:26:37 PM
A little TOO astounding for my sensibilities! Despite his volubility the seller is compelled to guess at the frame size. ?? For a 'pickup only' transaction he is insisting on PayPal with a confirmed address. ?? (Cash not acceptable?) Also note that the first four bids arrived within seconds of each other and with cloaked identities. The fifth bid arrived 4 minutes latter. Perhaps the seller is a newbie who thinks he has just discovered shill bidding?
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   What's with this bike on eBay? posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 7/31/2007 at 2:13:31 AM
Hmmm... yes, I daresay it's seemingly dubious... but then, perhaps the sellor is on to something.... maybe Olde Raleighs are scarce and desirable in Denver.

Interesting... and if I could make an observation... whereas with real estate the word is "Location, location, LOCATION"... methinks with Ebay it's "Timing, timing, TIMING"....

Cheers!

Larry "Boneman" Bone


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