Friday, July 3, 2009

1966 Hercules

1966 Hercules, made by Raleigh as I understand. I paid $60 for it, and have put a few hundred into getting the look right. I really enjoy the odd chainguard and the little baby rear fender. It also has a grip shift as apposed to the standard issue Sturmey-Archer thumb shift. Hope you enjoy.

Chris







15 comments:

Doohickie said...

Nice. Did the chainguard come with the bike or did you add it? My understanding is that style of chainguard was used prior to the Raleigh buyout of Hercules in 1960. After that, I think, they adopted a more traditional shape like you see on Raleighs.

I could be wrong on that though...

Jim Thill said...

Scroll down to the earlier posts of this blog where you'll find a 63 Montgomery Ward Hawthorne with a similar chainguard.

Jim Thill said...

BTW, Pre-Raleigh Hercules bikes had Hercules-branded 3-speed hubs. Looks like a SA, but apparently different in some way.

spiderleggreen said...

That's Sooo Retro! Very cool.

Doohickie said...

I actually have a 1960 Hawthorne/made by Hercules in Birmingham. No chainguard though. the hub is a 1960 SA AW.

johnfmccann said...

So what is the motif behind the AMF triangle and script Hercules on the chainguard? White clouds?

Filigree said...

Gold with cream tires -- nice!

HerC Chris said...

the hub is a Sturmey Archer and has a 66 date on it. everything looks original so I have to go with that. The fact that Chainguard had a Hercules water transfer decal leads me to believe that it is also original. The chainguard motif is what I like to call, "can't find duplicate water transfer decal as the original is peeling." I have a crazy custom '68 3 speed racer coming in the next few weeks, look out for it.

Bryan said...

I have a 67 Hercules and I find that chainguard to be a bit of a nuisance. My pantleg gets caught on it quite a bit so I roll up my cuffs as if I did not have a chainguard. That said, the ride is great. Smooth and strong. I pound NYC potholes and so far so good. Though I did bust my rear fender last week. Alas...

Jim Thill said...

"I have a 67 Hercules and I find that chainguard to be a bit of a nuisance. My pantleg gets caught on it quite a bit so I roll up my cuffs as if I did not have a chainguard."

This has been my chainguard experience, too.

Annie said...

Hi! I have the most embarassing question for you guys that are experts.

But I recently bought a 1969, 3 speeds bike and I'm wondering how to change the speeds! Pretty basic eh?

I was told that it's by peddaling backward, but I think the speeds system is broken so that's why it doesn't change when I try to (and make me look like a fool on this blog!)

Can anyone help me?

Annie said...

by "how to change speed" I meant how to "shift"

sorry my english is not so good :\

Jim Thill said...

Annie: There should be some kind of shifter, probably on the handlebar. If the shifter doesn't seem to work, take your bike to a bicycle shop for repair or adjustment. Do not pedal backwards to shift.

2capricieux said...

Thank you!
-Annie :)

MarcosLagoSalado said...

interesting to see a Herc like this--i have a 66 Raleigh Sports, same gold paint job, same style fender but gold like the bike--grip shift too
--is that cool rear fender really original also?...my sports has the full Raleigh fender
...the infinite variety of 3 speeds is amazing