Vintage 3 Speed English Bicycles


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.


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


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


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


The chain case is securely attached to the frame.


The wheels waiting to be attended to.


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.


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


The frame ready for a good cleaning.


The original unfaded colour under the cable stop.


The spindle, stamped made in England 158.



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


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.


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.



2 responses

  1. runningbarrett

    Looking good so far!

    August 5, 2016 at 6:17 pm

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