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AGE / VALUE:   1950's era Hercules Tourist posted by: Emily Raymer on 2/9/2010 at 12:37:22 PM
hey all, wondering if there are any herc fans out there. I'm thinking she's a 1950, but would like some confirmation.

The serial # is OB 5340, the stamping on the rear hub is "A type 1 *break* Hercules *break* -3 Speed- *break* Made in England.", the stamping on the front hub is "H(possible &) R pattern *break* made in England". She is made in Birmingham.

Photos are here here and here Can post any other photos as requested.

I am leaving the paint as is, have polished up the chrome and other shiny metal bits. the only non-stock parts are the rear brake assemblage, saddle, rear tyre and grips.


          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1950's era Hercules Touristposted by Chris on 2/9/2010 at 5:00:00 PM
You are in hercules fan central but post this under Roadsters

. Nice bike1 yes pree Raleigh, remove the front wheen you have the dynohub screws on the wrong side flip the wheen and re- install in with the terminals on the right side.

I love these bikes! I love to find these at the church rummage sales! love to re- grease, install new bearing cups and true wheels and install new cables and take them out for a ride. I really love these. I had a few of these and also the "Royal Prince" models.

I think most of your questions are already being answered. but do stay in our midst!

          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   1950's era Hercules Touristposted by Chris on 2/9/2010 at 5:01:08 PM
flip the front wheel, I mean to say

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1950's era Hercules Touristposted by David on 2/10/2010 at 8:55:08 AM
I'm curious about the generator. It's not a Dynohub (and, it it were, it makes no diff which way it's oriented) but an accessory unit that attaches to a regular wheel. Any chance we could get a closeup photo of it?

          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   1950's era Hercules Touristposted by Chris on 2/10/2010 at 7:15:21 PM
Makes no difference which way it is situated but I was told the "correct" way was for the terminals to be on the right side but whatever you want to do it is your bike
looks like a 1940's bakelite version dynohub these have fragile terminal screws these break off with the slightest bump

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