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1938 Hercules Falcon Update

I’ve given the bike a quick makeover.

P1140744 P1140739I’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.

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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.

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The stem is GB.

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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!!!

fulcrum2I suspect that George from Parts Unknown will have one.

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!

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