1953 Hercules Tourist Queen Elizebeth II Coronation Celebration Bicycle

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usarnie1

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 10, 2015
141
Woodland Hills, CA
I have had this bike for over a year now. It is by far my favorite bicycle. Over the past year I have seen two other 1953 Herculels Tourist QE II Coronation Celebration bikes posted on The CABE. So, it is not as rare as I thought it was. It is a fun bike to ride and creates a lot of attention whenever I take it on bike rides. I enjoy adding/changing parts to the bike. Soon I will be mounting a Brooks B66 Brown saddle, brown hand grips and a new old stock Midland Roadster rear carrying rack painted in Flamboyant Red. Sadly, my bike is missing the original decals on the seats down tube. However, all the chrome is in excellent condition!

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usarnie1

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 10, 2015
141
Woodland Hills, CA
Currently, I have 3 of these 1953 Hercules bicycles. One I had shipped out from Michigan, one I found 6 miles from my house in California and the third I had shipped out from Rhode Island.
 
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jimbo53

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jul 17, 2015
931
Charlotte NC
Beautiful bike! The brown B66 looks great on that red frame. If you’re looking to sell the black one, let me know. I’m looking for one for a restoration.
 

Goodday

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jan 1, 2020
40
67
Florida/Ohio
I have a lady’s 3 speed parts bike laying out in barn, if any parts needed, pretty rough stuff?
 

usarnie1

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 10, 2015
141
Woodland Hills, CA
I have a lady’s 3 speed parts bike laying out in barn, if any parts needed, pretty rough stuff?
I am looking for a 1953 Hercules B type 3 rear 3 speed hub. I like to keep things original as possible. Currently, my Hercules bicycle has a B type 2 rear hub on it. I am also interested in a clean set of front and rear hand brake controls with their calipers. Additionally, I am also interested in a dent free chain guard. And lastly, I am interested in a rust and pit free front fork chrome top cover. Please provide photos of the parts I am interested in.

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Oilit

I live for the CABE
Dec 30, 2015
1,327
Concord NC
These aren't very common bikes are they?
The bikes with the painted darts are not real common. If they only used this style paint one year and that was nearly 70 years ago you can guess how many have survived...
 
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1951 C.W.S

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 25, 2019
205
18
Fort Collins Colorado
I understand what 70 years will do to a one year production item
( I collect 1900- 20 record players and records)
 

usarnie1

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 10, 2015
141
Woodland Hills, CA
You are correct! The 1953 Hercules bicycles are not that common. They were a one year limited edition to honor Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation Celebration. I have 3 of these bikes and I am always looking for more! The rare parts for the bike are the B type 3 rear hub, the 44" rear brake cable and the hand brake controls. Your bike is missing the chain guard decal. You can purchase a reproduction chain guard sticker from Redbubble.com. They have 4 different styles for your bike. They all look good and are not that expensive!

Your bike looks like the Canadian Eaton Model, as it does not have the 5 Monarch chevrons on the seats down tube or the gold Hercules script with a falcon in flight on each side.

I purchased the QEII Coronation Medallion on E-bay for about $45. It was a bit costly, but looks great on the bike! The reproduction air pump is only slightly more than $10 on e-bay. The Midland Sports rear rack are occasionally available on E-bay. They usually cost between $25 to $50, depending on condition.

The rare Michelin tires are available online from the bike guy.
 
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usarnie1

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 10, 2015
141
Woodland Hills, CA
The Bike located in Semonole, Florida is in fact a 1953 Hercules Tourist Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Celebration Bicycle. You are correct about the bike being repainted! It is also missing all the special Coronation decals. Unfortunately, It has the wrong rear hub, the wrong goose neck, missing the rear caliper brake, missing the chain guard, has a Sturmey Archer shifter instead of the Hercumatic shifter. As such the bike is not a bargain, unless you pay between $25 to $50 for it, as it will cost a lot to find all the correct parts and purchase them off of e-bay. The parts value of this bike is based on the hand brake controls, which are difficult to find and the front forks' top chrome cover. Good Luck!
 
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usarnie1

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 10, 2015
141
Woodland Hills, CA
Attached to this thread is a 1953 Hercules Tourist QE2 bicycle that is in excellent condition, located in the Washington D.C. area for $222. If purchased, it would not take too long to get it looking fantastic!

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1951 C.W.S

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 25, 2019
205
18
Fort Collins Colorado
Attached to this thread is a 1953 Hercules Tourist QE2 bicycle that is in excellent condition, located in the Washington D.C. area for $222. If purchased, it would not take too long to get it looking fantastic!

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would take so little to get looking nice and working nicely as well
 

Billythekid

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 10, 2020
143
34
Florida
I paid $40 so I guess I did alright I kinda like the drum rear brake I may part it out if there is interest
 

usarnie1

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 10, 2015
141
Woodland Hills, CA
Yes, you did OK paying $40 for the bike. If you are interested in parting it out, I am interested in purchasing both hand brake controls, the front brake caliper and the chrome top fork cover.

Thanks,

Arnie
 
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usarnie1

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 10, 2015
141
Woodland Hills, CA
I will pay $5 per part or $20 for the 4 parts that I want plus
shipping
 
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