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1950 Hercules Update

I had time to tackle the bike today and I did.

The bike was completely disassembled, cleaned and all bearings re packed.

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A serial number on the seat post CU 0218.. What’s it all mean?

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As it turns out, both cranks were bent. The drive side bent on purpose to clear the chain case. The left side, who knows?

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A clear shot of the case not centred on the BB. Could this be the cause of the problem?

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The chain case is securely attached to the frame.

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The wheels waiting to be attended to.

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The brake cables. One with the factory bell end and the other homemade,

These cables and calipers were phased out in the early 60’s.

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The calipers are still clean and shiny after all these years.

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The frame ready for a good cleaning.

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The original unfaded colour under the cable stop.

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The spindle, stamped made in England 158.

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I loosened the chain case and nudged it forward centred on the BB.

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I had a spare chain ring and crank in the shed that fit and once installed cleared the chain case. I had originally thought that the spindle might have been installed backwards but this wasn’t the case.

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I bought some new tires from George at the Parkdale Bicycle Shop, cleaned up the rims and hubs and installed.P1000285.JPG

A nice pair of MKS pedals have been installed.

To complete I need to find a left side crank and and old NOS rear brake cable.

 

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2 responses

  1. runningbarrett

    Looking good so far!

    August 5, 2016 at 6:17 pm

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