Vintage 3 Speed English Bicycles


More Junk! 1950 Hercules Sports

I picked this one up today for a fair price. A 1950 Hercules 3 Speed Sports.

This was built before Raleigh aquired the company in 1960.

Here it is purchased.


At some point in it’s 66 years the original trigger has been replaced by a Sturmey Archer 3/4 speed trigger.


Head badge looks good.


The drive side crank is strangely bent and filed to clear the chaincase.

I suspect the spindle is backwards…


Sports Model decal.


Old style calipers that take a specific cable.


An N.O.S. cable included in the sale.


Interesting brake levers.


An odd cable stop. I don’t think it’s correct.


Period pump.


Enclosed chain case.


Nice grips.


Hercules A Type 0 three speed hub made under licence from Sturmey Archer.


Made in England! So there you have it.

Work to follow.

This is the closest ad I could find from 1950.

Burgundy with white fenders.


6 responses

  1. Nice find!

    August 4, 2016 at 1:27 pm

  2. Steve T.

    Nice to see a true vintage bike, like the oiling hole on the front hub. Tired of people calling 80’s Raleigh’s vintage makes me feel old.

    August 4, 2016 at 1:38 pm

  3. Grover Behrens

    Nice bike! original chrome and paint! I like it. Good luck with this one.

    August 4, 2016 at 1:41 pm

  4. Steve T.

    The cable stop may be original but for 4mm cable not 5mm. Brake levers are interesting but the nut facing outward I suspect out of the nut& bolt jar. Still this is a great find , congratulations.

    August 4, 2016 at 1:59 pm

  5. Denis. B

    Nice one . There’s no much bikes branded Hercules..

    August 4, 2016 at 3:00 pm

  6. Bazil Smith

    That is a beauty! I know you’ll give her all the love she needs and deserves. keep us posted!

    August 7, 2016 at 5:12 pm

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