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At some point in it’s 66 years the original trigger has been replaced by a Sturmey Archer 3/4 speed trigger.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.
Enclosed chain case.
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.
Another 3 speed Eatons Glider on Kijiji, Toronto. Appears to be in good shape with the seller asking for a best offer.
Blog reader Steve T. brought this one to my attention. Advertised on Kijiji close to Kingston.
A mid to late 50’s Raleigh with US Army markings.
I suspect the headlamp was transplanted from another bike as I don’t think the US used any British Bikes. I could be wrong.
Perhaps it was a movie prop.
Also on Kijij this week is this 1966 Dunelt 3 speed with a leather Wrights saddle. Seller is asking $230 but I’m sure is open to a reasonable offer.
I’m not sure but it looks like the front forks could be bent.
This one’s back together and somewhat roadworthy. Total costs to date (excluding labour):
New brake cable @ $3.00
It rides and shifts OK but I think I’ll shell out for a new shifter cable ($8.00) and a new pair of brake pads ($5.00).
It just needs a bit more cleaning and some fine tuning.
A neighbour brought this bike over the other day for me to have a look at. She’d bought it on an impulse last year and now realizes that it’s too tall and heavy for her to ride and carry up to her apartment….
A responsible seller should have told her this.
Someone was interested in buying it and I just gave it a quick cleaning and topped up the oil/air etc.
An examination revealed it to be a 1974 Canadian built model and as far as I could tell was completely original with a few exceptions.
The coveted “R” nuts were there.
The Dynohub spun freely but did not seem to work.
The old style bell was very nice.
The bike had new tires and pads and rode very well.
There is a lesson here for people that want to buy a vintage bicycle. There’s a greater amount of owner responsibility in the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of these things than with some modern bikes.
It’s now somehow cool to ride one of these around but you need to be prepared to do your homework.
This year’s show is scheduled for July 24th at Trinity Bellwoods Park here in Toronto.
Keep posted for details.
Here’s another one recently listed on Kijiji Toronto.
A 23″ frame with an asking price of $280.00. This could be a Canadian built bike.
Another Kijiji Toronto listing. This one appears to be very clean and complete.
Seller is asking $370.00 and he has the fork key.
Reader, Steve, has sent me some photos of his latest project.
“This started out as a 1976 Raleigh Superbe that had been stored in the basement for years by original owner. The Paint was excellent, tires rotted, rims rusted inside & pitted outside. Bought Sun rims & new tires but it just kept going.”
The brakes have been upgraded as well. Dia Copmpe 812 Calipers.
“Saw them had to have them , 80 mm reach they fit the rear of the wheel of the Superbe with 2mm to spare. The cables are Clarks SS cables with lined housing . The combination works really well with no effort.or binding. “
Below, Steve the owner .
Another Kijiji bike that showed up last week. A reasonably complete Sports Tourist (missing fenders).
The seller is asking $525.00!
I’d still like to find one of these…
Another Glider on Kijiji Toronto priced at a reasonable $150.00.
A nice example here with the super cool throttle shifters.
Currently for sale in Niagara Falls, Canada @ $525.00 which sounds a little high but then, what’s $500.00 worth these days?
Here’s another Kijiji Toronto item. Appears to be in very good condition but not sure of the price…
This is the banner that appeared on Kijiji for this Raleigh built 3 speed Glider offered @ $135.00.
3 speeds are now hip!
Not sure what year this is but hope to find out…
Rod, lever and drum brakes!
It must weigh a ton! I was going to have a look at this one yesterday but it had already sold. Just as well, really as I have too many bikes as it is!!
Last photo of this one for the time being.
1938 Hercules Falcon
I’ve attached an older, broken in Wrights saddle that’s more period appropriate.
This one appeared on Kijiji Hamilton today. Owner is asking $565.00….
It does have a factory installed battery pack option that I’ve not seen before as well as the Dynohub.