This popped up on Kijiji Toronto today @ $150.00.
I think I’m finished with this for now.
I re routed the gear cable through a fulcrum and a cable guide, put on some vintage block pedals and a bell.
Now I just need the weather to co operate….
In the past I have met with resistance at some of the bike shops here in Toronto when it comes to vintage bikes, but I want to relate a positive experience I had today with
Urbane Cyclist on John St.
Urbane Cyclist Worker Co-op Bicycle Store | 180 John St. Toronto M5T 1X5
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Looking at their website, they had a page of Sturmey Archer parts and the elusive Fulcrum Stop was listed as in stock. it’s the only thing I need to complete my 1937 Hercules Falcon. I made the trek downtown and although the Parts Manager assured me he had some (27 in stock) he couldn’t find them….
He just called me to say that they’d been located and would put a couple aside for pick up. This was a fair bit of work for a $2.00 part!
They also carry the correct size cotter pins.
Martin at Hoop Driver on College is also very helpful.
Hoopdriver Bicycles ? Distinctive Urban and Touring Bicycles
I’ve given the bike a quick makeover.
I’ve sapped out the fenders for some vintage Bluemel’s mini fenders, flipped the bars and added a brooks saddle. I’ve also replaced the plastic faced trigger with an all metal one from the mid 1950’s.
The bike has been altered (for the better) over the years so I have no guilt in trying to preserve it’s originality. The frame (especially the top bar) is rough but I don’t mind. NOS Weinmann 730 brakes were put on at some point and the wheelset is dated 1967.
It’s what we used to call a “Bitsa” bits from one bike and bits from another….
The bike also came with a vintage Apex Ultra-lite hand pump.
The stem is GB.
I still want to re route the gear cable over a pulley on the seat tube but need to get one little part.
The elusive Fulcrum Stop!!!
I’d like to find an original chain ring as well.
Although looking at the catalogue pages below, the current chain ring looks to be original.
Also the bikes came with a 50 year guarantee, which would have expired in 1988!
This one came in today. A 1938 Hercules Falcon. The frame and fenders are original while the wheels are dated 1967 and there are some modern NOS brakes as well as new tires. It came without the leather saddle but the pump was included! I’ve got a plan to turn out another Path Racer…
Reader Basil S. writes:
2)pic 050) Around 40 hours were spent to restore this. We bought all the new parts at “Vintage Velo” in Paris, Ont. We replaced the chain, 22T rear sprocket, cables, and new Schalwbe tires and tubes. this cost about $150.00 inc. tax. NOTHING was repainted. All ‘patina” was left as found, I just compounded all the painted surfaces, polished all the rust off the pitted chrome, and sanded every spoke till they shined.
Bike is located in the Toronto area.
I’m not sure what to call these bikes…
Monkey Bike? Banana Bike? Chopper Bike?
The Princess was the girls version and for the boys. the Indian Scout.