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AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycle posted by: Deb on 6/26/2006 at 7:20:43 PM
I have recently gotten an old bicycle that I am trying to find out its age. On the front of it, it says HERCULES, Nottingham England. Can anyone tell me how I might find out how old this bike is, please?

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Dustin on 3/24/2007 at 2:26:42 PM
I have a Hercules 3 speed made in Nottingham.. I am either going to "restore" it to original condition or sell it to someone that wants a vintage bike... thoughts?

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by David on 6/26/2006 at 9:07:45 PM
Most likely, the rear hub will have a date stamp on it; "75," "68," e.g. and a month number. If the hub's original, the bike was probably built a month or two later.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Chris Holmes on 6/27/2006 at 8:19:49 AM
If it's Nottingham, then it's after Hercules was taken over by Raleigh. I think that puts it at 1960's or later. Depending on condition and age, this sort of bike goes for anything from £1 - £150 on ebay over here (and it can be difficult to see why some go for more and others less!)

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Matthew on 6/27/2006 at 4:44:31 PM
Yes Chris you're on the hammer with that price but also with the mystery of pricing.

There's a sort of inverse proportionality going on I believe.

The less you want a bike the less it costs.
The more valuable the bike is to you, the less it makes.
The more you want a bike the more it costs.
The level of your budget will never match that of other bidders.

To get a good bike cheap you need no one else to bid.
To sell a good bike well you need 3 interested bidders.

The bike you pay too much for without viewing will be a heap of rust and the bike you can't give away will be a perfect gem.

Matthew - its a mystery, oh its a mystery!

          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 6/28/2006 at 9:36:41 AM
Matthew... I believe you have just written a very accurate corllary... to "Murphy's Law". (i.e., if anything can go wrong, it will)

Yes... a mystery... And another factor.... to winning a machine on Ebay... is to always bid on something that you can pic up locally... but the sellor has shipping insanely high... that's how I ended up with the '62 Armstrong.


Larry "Boneman" Bone

          RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Bryant on 7/4/2006 at 7:34:22 PM
Bingo!! That's also how i got my Raleigh Roadster. Seller wanted $150 shipping but local pick up was okay!!

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Elizabeth on 3/5/2007 at 8:00:52 AM
Hi People : ) I just got a Hercules 3 speed made in Nottingham as well! It does have the AMF on the part the seat goes on....but - after a little research I read that the older Hercules has 32 spokes on the front and 40 on the back (or was it the other way around??) and mine has 32 spokes in front and 40 on the back. Possibly a person who thought the change was a bad thing and changed out the wheels? I cannot find the date stamp on the hub. It would be fun to know when it was made. I am guessing since it is AMF it has to '69 - does that sound right to you?

          RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Shawn on 4/1/2007 at 1:32:03 PM
Hi I just had a garage sale and I think I made a
mistake and sold a 1969 AMF Hercules made in England
for $6. The guy seem liked he was a collector but
wasn't sure if it was worth anything. I had two of
them for sale a men's and a matching women's. After I
sold it I got online and found your site and got the
impression that they might be worth something. I
immediately pulled the other one from my sale and he
drove back in wanting to buy the second one badly. I
kept it. It is the female version. Do you have a
range of what it's worth may be?? I am not 100% sure
it's the 1969 model but they belonged to my parents
and they bought them new just after (or just before)
they got married (end of December 1969). Thanks, Shawn


          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††schwinn cruiser deluxeposted by alex on 4/9/2007 at 10:41:06 PM
I am trying to determine the age of a bike I found. It's a schwinn cruiser deluxe witj a light on the front fender

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by David Netherwood on 5/4/2007 at 10:27:13 AM
Any ideas about the age of a Hercules 'County' mens bicycle I've been given. It has rod brakes, a 'Hercumatic' 3-speed handlebar trigger control and a Hercules B Type 5, 3-speed hub.The base of the rear fork has the number 10361AZ stamped on it. All its parts are genuine Hercules.

          RE:AGE / VALUE: Hercules Bicycleposted by Shirley Krampen on 5/11/2007 at 1:13:20 PM
I have an AMF Hercules bike, 3-speed racer (women's) that was made in Nottingham, England. I received it as a gift new some time in the '70s. I was going to get a new bike, but decided to get it fixed up and ride it--it's in the shop now getting tuned up, new tubes and brake pads. It has chrome fenders and a light mounted on the front. Looks pretty good for a bike that old, but I have no idea what it's worth.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by teddy on 7/26/2007 at 5:51:06 PM
For Hercules 68's, try John's Vintage Bikes, a website located in Boulder, Colorado. This guy apparently repairs 'em, and has vintage spare parts. Try key word search John's Vintage Bikes and Boulder, Colorado. Good luck.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Raleigh Bicycleposted by "Catfisch" on 7/29/2007 at 8:54:31 AM
My girlfriend has this bicycle and we are wondering it's year and value. It is in pristine condition, to include original tires.

          RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:¬†¬†¬†Hercules Bicycleposted by PAULO CEZAR BARROS. on 8/21/2007 at 12:02:00 AM
My Hercules "28". I want to know its age exata.Ela has I number serial "UB 7910". Please they answer me, ok? Thank's, By.

          RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:¬†¬†¬†Hercules Bicycleposted by PAULO CEZAR BARROS. on 8/21/2007 at 12:03:35 AM
My Hercules "28". I want to know its age exata.Ela has I number serial "UB 7910". Please they answer me, ok? Thank's, By.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Doug on 9/3/2007 at 9:45:40 PM
Hello - and thank you for this forum!

I have a Hercules Men's bike that I think is dated before WWII. The head badge is Britannia WKS Birmingham and it has a Sturmey Archer hub with no date - "AW". The serial number on the bike is KH 351 3 and it has a cool Sturmey archer shifter (Low - N - High). Also has the word "HERCULES" in the chain gear sprocket. Any idea if I should sell the bike or keep it? I put it on EBay (probably a sin) but now I am having second thoughts.

Any information is greatly appreciated.


          RE: AGE / VALUEposted by robert bramble on 9/23/2007 at 3:01:06 AM

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Fred Giddings on 3/7/2008 at 1:11:03 PM
I have two womens bikes made by hercules for montgumery ward co. @ called hawthorn. They are singlespeed,26" tires,coasterbrake. Have both heec. @ hathn. decals.Can any give any info.(year,value,ect.) perfict paint,chrome,mech. Thank You

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by marisol on 4/25/2008 at 4:13:32 PM
Hi I am from Peru my name is Marisol and I am crazy , recycling lately , I was walking in a suburb in lima and in a deposit, of recycling materials, I found an Hercules Bike it says (Nothingham England. in the front aswell it look pretty antique,I was looking in the internet about it, but it exist a factory there but in birningham that confused me a bit,, they became raleight then, I have the same question the bicycles age? how can I found out? its an antique? or what? it have their classic dunlop tires also if someone now if its an antique or not?.

          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by largo on 5/27/2008 at 10:02:59 AM
I need help restoring a bike, I need to find photos or any literature, model. I Know it is an Hercules Cicle & motor bike

          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by largo on 5/27/2008 at 10:06:13 AM
I need help restoring a bike, I need to find photos or any literature, model. I Know it is an Hercules Cicle & motor bike

          I sale my bikeposted by Marisol on 6/2/2008 at 10:46:02 AM
English Hercules bike FOR SELL (1950)
woman , black, with gold, real nice, only the tires are new, the old dunlop pass away,i put a light for the night.
It says Nothingham England Hercules in the front,


          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Dave Edwards on 6/22/2008 at 6:59:16 PM
I have my Dad's very old Hercules bicycle. It was manufactured before there were coaster brakes, so is just direct drive, where the pedals spin all the time. I isn't in mint condition by any means, but is in restorable condition. It is intact, and can be presently ridden. Is there any way to get an idea of what year it was made, and how old it might be?

          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Bob Cowels on 8/25/2008 at 6:54:52 PM
Found a Hercules King Model bike in my barn Has to be 50-60 years old. Rear wheel hub says Sturmery Archer and is a 3 speed gear shift. It's a little on the tough side, But could be made to run Or, Some good replacement parts. Any one interested, get in touch. Ph 269-694-6221. thanks.

          †Hercules Bicycleposted by Mike Wathen on 8/31/2008 at 7:17:07 AM
I have a AMF Hercules 10 speed bicycle. I bought the bike new in 1962. It has gold paint with white pin strips. I am trying to find parts, decals and repair info on this bike. Have searched internet but most results I get are for 3 speed. Thanks for any info.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Dexter on 9/12/2008 at 6:37:03 PM
I recently found a Hercules Royal Prince made in Birmingham. The sn is 9136PZ. The rear hub is a B type 5 made by the Hercules Cycle and Motor Co. What is the year that this bicycle was made?

          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by DARREN on 11/22/2008 at 3:33:23 PM
Hi everyone
I have got a hercules gents tandem with a badge on blah blah blah Birmingham Judging on what I have read this bike is worth quite a FEW QUID--- Now I like some people genuinely want to restore this item to its former glory without wanting to make any money so I am asking for thev help of my fellow friends if you could possibly offer me some pics so I can make my wife happy,because she likes to be in front.No I just joking please is there anyone out there that has pics of this so I can fix this bike up because I don't wanna sell it,I wanna use it and it was a bargain at fifty quid

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by agus kadarwira on 1/26/2009 at 8:18:04 AM
hallo i'm from indonesian I recently found a Hercules in Birmingham. The sn is 2120, made by the Hercules Cycle and Motor Co. What is the year that this bicycle was made?


          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by agus kadarwira on 1/26/2009 at 8:19:26 AM
hallo i'm from indonesian I recently found a Hercules in Birmingham. The sn is 2120, made by the Hercules Cycle and Motor Co. What is the year that this bicycle was made?


          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Joeker on 2/11/2009 at 7:02:25 PM
its only worth what someone is willing to pay

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Elaine Cassidy on 5/28/2009 at 4:23:23 PM
Hi. I just rescued two AMF Hercules. They seem to be a little dirty but in excellent condition. They have green and silver medals on the front that says "Notingaham England". Looks to have original AMF decals, fenders, pedals, etc. Just a little rust on the handle bars that cleaned right up. They aren't speed bikes. They have handle brakes. I couldn't find a date stamp on the back fender. Can anyone tell me a little about these orphans?

          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Lee Norris Bridges Jr. on 8/28/2009 at 6:09:20 PM
i resently came in possesion of I green mens HERCULES bike. Its a small frame. wheel size 26 x 1 3/8 . front wheel has 32 spokes rear wheel has 40. Tires hold air. Its in excellent shape. A real vintage clasic. If you are a collector and interested in buying it, please contact me as soon as possible. I have several pictures I can send you. Price is negotiable .

          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Lee Norris Bridges Jr. on 8/28/2009 at 6:37:16 PM
I recently came in possesion of a green mens Hercules 3 speed bike. Its in excelent shape. Its from Notingham England. and has A M F on the seatpost. So, if you are a collector I am trying to sell it. A must see. I have several pictures of it I can send you. Its a small frame bike w/ 26 in. wheels. The original Bridgstone tires still hold air. So please E-mail me as soon as possible if you are interested. Price is negotiable.

          RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Mike V on 4/16/2010 at 5:09:15 PM
Hi all....stumbled across this thread after looking for any info on this Royal Prince Hercules bike I found at a thrift store. I am very new to any type of vintage bicycle collecting, but I think it is Pre-1960. It is a womens, black, a tad rusty but she rides pretty nice for only costing $20. If anyone has any other info that could help or lead me down the right path, I would appreciate it.
Also, at the same spot I saw another ladys with the name "Tubor"(?) on the frame. also had a Lohman seat that said made in Germany..but the rest is made in England I believe. Anyone have any info? THANKS!

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Daniel,M.Manders on 5/1/2010 at 5:30:07 PM
I have a Hercules Light Tourist. I too am keen to know exactly how old mine is. I believe it to be circa 1948 but can't be sure for certain. It's a ladies bicycle, dark green,has Hercules down the saddle post in white, with a crown at the top,single speed,no badge, though I believe it to be built in Birmingham, England. There is a serial number at the top of the saddle post but it's hard to read,the front wheel has England on the axle,and has a black,sprung,mattress saddle.Any ideas?? anyone??...

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by rick collier on 7/20/2010 at 3:13:16 PM
I recently bought a hercules toutist 3 speed sturmey archer could u tell me what year it was made there is a number on back frame 6247KA can u help thanks rick

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Tony Ammann on 7/27/2010 at 6:26:09 PM
I have got my fathers hercules out of the basement that he had when he was a boy it appears to be a racer. It has a leather seat wood wheels and aluminun stamped hercules sproket can anyone help me with a search history on this bike. I do not know were the serial # is located on it.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Daniel on 7/30/2010 at 6:45:38 PM
I have 2 Hercules bicycles: a 1964 male version, and a 1967 female version. Both are all original minus new chains and rubber tires from sitting for so long. What would something like these be worth in the U.S.A? Thanks.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Keith Body on 8/2/2010 at 1:44:37 AM
Tony, I would be very interested to see a selection of pictures of your Hercules. Serial numbers very rarely help. I have never seen a British hercules with that sort of specification, and I met Frank Southall (pre WW2 Hercules Porfessional rider) and have rebuilt some preWW2 UK hercules. (50 years ago) There were several other companies with the same name. If you can't upload pictures send them to me by email.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by oscar on 8/24/2010 at 7:07:36 PM
sturmer archer ingland hercules bike 56,60? all original,lights front and back, back rack,with japanes bug engine,2 new tires 3spd.for sale with 1966 solex ,british engine no longer used thanks.i have pics.

          RE:AGE/Model Hercules Bicycleposted by Mike on 9/22/2010 at 10:02:15 AM
Hi guys i have a hercules bicyce with badge 'made in Birmingham'
nothing on the hubs
It has a serial number on the frame 6809 BM (I think its BM)

I would like to find out what it is.


          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Darkwater on 9/23/2010 at 7:37:54 PM
Mike, probably others here know more than I, but I've learned a bit about Hercules bikes since one demanded I rescue it. A Birmingham headbadge suggests your frame is no younger than 1960. So far as I can tell, no one's been able to decode Hercules serial no.s.

Is the green frame in your Flickr photostream the same as 6809 BM? Looks so . . . and looks like you got a good paint job!

I presume you've seen Mike Gerrish's sets of the 1953 and 1955 Hercules catalogs (they're in the Flickr Hercules set). Those are the best aids to identifying post-war Hercules I'm aware of. If you can let us know more of your bike's components, we may be able to help more. Happy riding to both of you!

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Ade on 9/27/2010 at 1:23:10 PM
I have an old Hercules bicycle in my garage. Ladies vintage. Has a badge on the front saying 'Hercules Birmingham.' Single speed. Metal rod brakes. Any ideas on value would be appreciated

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by jj on 9/28/2010 at 3:46:41 AM
Check the Price Guides at the top of any page here at

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by firman kasep on 11/25/2010 at 8:49:37 AM
hi, can u give me some information or link how can i know how old my hercules bike base on frame number , i really need it
tks before

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Micheal on 1/27/2011 at 2:40:40 PM
I have a 3 speed Hercules Bike the rear hub says 67 12 i'm guessing thats the date. anyone have a ball park estimate on whats it may be worth?

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Chris on 1/28/2011 at 10:56:01 AM
we need to see pictures of the bicycle to properly give an opinion

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by don on 2/7/2011 at 5:20:53 PM
i found a hercules bike made in Birmingham england i cant find a date or a s.n. any ideas how i can find out how much it is worth or when it was made

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Lucio Lunez on 2/26/2011 at 9:57:24 AM
Bought this road bike about 4 yrs ago through a bike shop owner in tx. It's a white magneet sprint with all original parts from what i know. Guy told me a friend of his' dad bought when he was young, rode it twice and put it in storage. The i.d. # i have for it is 2591990. Just trying to find out more info on it. Year, value etc... thanks fellas

          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by zaki on 3/18/2011 at 10:31:08 PM
i found a hercules bikes made ​​in Birmingham england
serial numbernya - 10 080, approximately what year it was made​​,, the bike 80%,,, info please thanks

          RE:AGE / VALUE: Hercules Bicycleposted by Fred Wells on 4/19/2011 at 7:02:31 PM
I have a girls Hercules 26" girls bikes. Bikes paint is like new. Has generator and front and back lights. Front lite works
Has back luggage rack. I am guessing it is around 1964

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Jack P on 8/24/2011 at 10:48:10 AM
I have a Hercules with 3 speed (Sturmey Archer)Hub says 59 then some space and 7. Front tire has NO markings whatsoever, kind of a diamond pattern on the sidewall. The rear says it is WEstern Auto. Any info on this? Is it a 1959? Value? I can post link to pics...I think.
Thanks, Jack


          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by David on 8/24/2011 at 1:39:15 PM
Hub was made July 1959. Sure looks like a Herc; dig the "H"s in the chainwheel. Some Schwinn models look very similar although with very different details. It has aftermarket tires, shifter bizarrely mounted on frame rather than right handlebar. Headlight mount w/no lamp. If you could just find a rear fender you'd have a total beaut; I'm sure any Hercules chrome rear fender would do and they're not that hard to find.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Chris on 8/25/2011 at 10:09:51 AM
The Schwinns and the heads at Raleigh were friends socially and there would have been trade agreements and copy agreements in place. This continues even today. Yes it's a Hercules I love the chainguard!

          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Hercules Bicycleposted by Billie on 9/3/2011 at 5:50:57 PM
i found a ladys hercules bike on it says nottingham England and the only number i can find on it is 696206 i need to know what year it is pls

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