| Another blast from the past. Quoteed article as it appeared in Cycling and Mopeds|
February 19, 1964
A Turkish painter, Salp Batur, has arrived at Murcia, Spain, on a bicycle which he says, he wants to ride around the world seven times. He is paying for his travels by selling his paintings on the way. This year he intends to ride round Europe and Africa. In 1965 he wants to tour India and in 1966 ride through the rest of Asia, America and Canada. The most trying part of his journey so far was when he had to ride through Jugoslavia in five days- the time his visa allowed him in the country, Batur speaks 10 languages.
I wonder what happened to him? Did he make it? All seven times?
How good were his paintings? I hope the fellow did not get murdered or eaten by lions or wind up in some prison like in that movie whose title escapes me at the moment.
Spoke 10 languages, impressive.
What kind of bike? The article does not say.
| I picked up an English 3-speed today for my stepdaughter, who wants a "cool retro bike." It has "Raleigh Industries" markings with the Raleigh logo on the fork, Raleigh pedals, a Sturmey-Archer 3-speed coaster brake hub (marked for the year '58), and a cable handbrake on the front. But, it has an unusual "Victor, Nottingham England" headbadge with 3 rivets, and is marked "Victor" on the frame and chainguard. It is a blue women's bike marked A237, which Sheldon Brown's site indicates year '66 (but I think it's older). As far as I can tell, it's in great shape, all original, and will clean up nicely. Can anyone tell me anything about this bike? There is a "Victor" in the picture database that looks like it (except it's red and a men's frame).|
| Hi, |
Anyone out there have any info or know anything about an
English 3 speed made by Hercules in B'ham England called a
Shelby Traveler? I have one purchased new in the early or
middle '50s for me by my father. The only thing original to the bike is the frame and I believe the bottom bracket set
and crank sets. I rebuilt it some 25 years ago with period
correct components, but I would like some information about
the model as to the history and what was on it originally.
I also have the serial number so could possibly date when it
was made if I knew where to look. An internet search has only turned up the heavy balloon tire Shelbys and no mention
of this model from Hercules.
The head badge is oblong, with a crest and "shelby traveler"
in the center, with Hercules Cycle and Motor Co around the
outside and "made in B'ham England" at the bottom. Thanks for the help. Everyone ride safe!
| Sounds like it's from the 1950's. Because it's a Hercules there is no date code on the rear hub so we don't exactly know. The rear hub is just like A sturmey- Archer 3 speed hub only Sturmey- Archer stamped the manufacturing date on their hubs.|
Hercules did not.
Lots of American bike companies had the British bike makers make 3 speeds for them to sell to their customers. Shelby was another example. This is a Hercules, so Hercules replacement parts will fit it. Sounds like a nice bike.
| When the fashion turned away from balloon tire bikes companies like Shelby needed a product to sell and so they did what a lot of others did. They rang up one of the British firms and ordered up a bike wearing their company name.|
Phillips, Raleigh, Hercules and others produced bikes for hardware stores, bike shops, and other companies.
Example: The Indian motor cycle company had Phillips make their bikes in the mid 1940's starting in 1946-1947.
You could have any badge or name put on the bikes if you ordered enough from Raleigh and the others.
Some companies made their own lighter weight 3 speed bikes themselves instead of having the British make them for them
and they put out shoddy bikes.
| You will need to find a piece of original Shelby bicycle catalog/ artwork/ sales promotional piece at a bike swap meet or off of e- bay or from a collector / seller of antique bikes to find out what it looked like as new.|
Keep typing in Shelby and Hercules in e- bay searches until this pops up.
Period Hercules fitments and accessories will do.
| The company records on Hercules are A.W.O.L. (absent without leave) and it is strange for a company so large. |
Also, we never have a chart from these companies that decode the serial numbers so that info is useless.
Thanks for the tips on my old Shelby Traveler model Hercules
I will keep an eye on eBay. When I rebuilt the beast several years ago I found a 1956 model AW Sturmey hub that
works like a charm. I'm remembering that it came with SA
components, but it very well could have been a Hercules proprietary hub. Someday I'll get me a front oiler hub and
some Phillips calipers. Thanks again, Tex
| Was wondering, do you still have this bike, or is it a defunct web page. I have a bike i think similar to yours, bearing the Hercules bicycle and motor company crest on the front tube. It's black with a leather seat. If you still have this bike, please reply to me, and I'll send you some pictures to see if it's the same bike; p.s. the serial number i have on my bike is located on the left rear, where the adjusting nut to tighten the chain is: 12504RZ is the number i have, don't know if there's anymore numbers, but that is all i have seen, thanks and let me know if i can be of any assistance|
| I have a slightly metallic green 1973 raleigh sports and I need some paint to fix a big scratch on the fender. It's 98% mint except for that one big piece of missing paint. It's not the Raleigh Superbe metallic green, this one is darker. |
Any ideas? I went to an auto parts store and didn't see anything. Perhaps I went to the wrong one and I still haven't tried the hardware store so this is something of a lazy post, but it seems that in the past 10 years the variety of metallic greens and browns has been replaced by the new oppression, metallic slate and sandstone, a 50 varieties of the same SUV colour all selected by marketing clinics held in OC or something.
| Here's a good suggestion from Classic Rendezvous list. Try nail polish. It comes in a wide variety of colors and is cheap and durable. I'm going to look for some blue and brown (would anyone actually put it on their fingers?!) for my scratched-up Schwinns.|
| I have a problem with my 1 of my AW hubs. I cannot get 1st gear. I tried adjusting and no 1st. I cannot get the drive side 2 slotted ring(cannot remember the name of it) off the hub. Inside looks ok but all the parts are not out. Put it back together and it still does not get 1st. Any suggestions. |
| I went out to the garage to work on the bike and what to my surprise it is working in all 3 gears. Went for a ride and there is nothing wrong. |
| Well, What happened? Did the bike fairy visit you? Don't get up and spring or ride off of the seat in case it slips out of gear on you.|
| Chris I guess when I cleaned it up and added oil it loosened what ever was stopping it from getting first gear. It sat for a while before I went back out to try it. It rides good now and no slipping. |
| I was just trying to be funny that's all. Glad to hear it worked out.|
| Does anyone else have trouble with the AW slipping from low gear into middle gear on hills? Any suggestions? |
| Tie a bread bag wire twist tie through the indicator chain and ball it up so it hold the bike in first gear all the time. It works. Overhaul the hub, install new springs. Get the old book. Glens complete bicycle manuel at the used bookstore or the library.|
| Well I guess I can't say this happens in that way to me but the only big problem I have is the cable not tight or damaged. This would only slip out of 2nd and freewheel. I always take apart hubs before I trust them in traffic. If you have had this slip out of drive you could fall off the bicycle. This is worse when you are up off the seat standing on the pedals. Ed the guy who wears his helmet. |