52? Hercules Safety Model

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Oilit

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
I didn't know that stamping would be the serial #. Good to know. Thanks.
Looking back at images of my '53 Coronation model I see that it had the s n on the left drop out. 5 digits and then 2 letters
I've seen a few with 5 digits, but most have 4 digits. What that means, I don't know. And most of them in the '50's had the serial on the left drop-out, and the few pre-war bikes I've seen were also on the left drop-out, but I've got a late '40's Hercules with the serial on the seat post lug, just like yours. I think TI bought the company in 1946, so maybe they tried a different system for a while but then decided to go back. Again, I don't really know.
 

BobH

On Training Wheels
This bike will get my usual treatment. I will clean it up as best I can and do a complete tune up to all the bearings and surfaces that they roll in. Replace what needs replacing and get it road worthy. I couldn't resist buying this bike at 20$. Just the kind of oddity that keeps me in the hunt.
At $20 that’s a GREAT find! And I’d love to know more about your ‘53 Coronation model (and see pics of it if they‘re available). I just finished a sympathetic restoration of a ‘53 “King” QE2 Coronation model and am interested in similar ones out there.
 

3-speeder

Wore out three sets of tires already!
At $20 that’s a GREAT find! And I’d love to know more about your ‘53 Coronation model (and see pics of it if they‘re available). I just finished a sympathetic restoration of a ‘53 “King” QE2 Coronation model and am interested in similar ones out there.
The guy that has posted the most about the '53 coronation models is @usarnie1. I think he posted three of them at one point. Beautiful machines. Use the search feature at the top you'll be sure to find them. I sold mine at a swap meet this spring. Below is a link to one of usarnie1's bikes and a few pics of the one that I had.
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BobH

On Training Wheels
Thanks! I had previously found and read with interest the posts by @usarnie1 here (and maybe in Bikeforums as well? I can’t remember). His bikes are really quite lovely and very nicely restored. Mine still has plenty of patina and shows wear typical of a 70-year old bike with ample use. I had tried messaging usarnie1 with some questions about the Coronation models as he had written about them in a very authoritative manner and I’d not been able to find any other sources of information about them anywhere else. For example he stated that there were three models of the Coronation celebration bikes: the Tourist (like yours), the Queen, and (if I recall correctly) the Royal Prince. Mine, however, is the King and clearly not on his list but most definitely a Coronation model. Alas, I never was able to get a reply from him and believe he may have withdrawn from active participation in the online forums. (Some indication from another message posted that it might have been due to health issues?) in any event, I’m still searching for any additional information on these particular models. Like you, I’m attracted to these somewhat unusual bikes, though definitive sources of info about them are hard to come by. Here are a few pics of my own Herc Coronation model, still a work in progress though 90+ percent done.

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49autocycledeluxe

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
"""The "safety" models were a line that Hercules advertised as having 26 inch wheels and a lower frame, so that you could put your feet on the ground when stopping the bike without leaving the saddle."""

if you can touch the ground while sitting on the seat your seat is too low for efficient pedaling.
 

3-speeder

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Thanks! I had previously found and read with interest the posts by @usarnie1 here (and maybe in Bikeforums as well? I can’t remember). His bikes are really quite lovely and very nicely restored. Mine still has plenty of patina and shows wear typical of a 70-year old bike with ample use. I had tried messaging usarnie1 with some questions about the Coronation models as he had written about them in a very authoritative manner and I’d not been able to find any other sources of information about them anywhere else. For example he stated that there were three models of the Coronation celebration bikes: the Tourist (like yours), the Queen, and (if I recall correctly) the Royal Prince. Mine, however, is the King and clearly not on his list but most definitely a Coronation model. Alas, I never was able to get a reply from him and believe he may have withdrawn from active participation in the online forums. (Some indication from another message posted that it might have been due to health issues?) in any event, I’m still searching for any additional information on these particular models. Like you, I’m attracted to these somewhat unusual bikes, though definitive sources of info about them are hard to come by. Here are a few pics of my own Herc Coronation model, still a work in progress though 90+ percent done.

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Beautiful machine. Haven't seen that model. Thanks for sharing. Great shape for it's age.
 

Oilit

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Thanks! I had previously found and read with interest the posts by @usarnie1 here (and maybe in Bikeforums as well? I can’t remember). His bikes are really quite lovely and very nicely restored. Mine still has plenty of patina and shows wear typical of a 70-year old bike with ample use. I had tried messaging usarnie1 with some questions about the Coronation models as he had written about them in a very authoritative manner and I’d not been able to find any other sources of information about them anywhere else. For example he stated that there were three models of the Coronation celebration bikes: the Tourist (like yours), the Queen, and (if I recall correctly) the Royal Prince. Mine, however, is the King and clearly not on his list but most definitely a Coronation model. Alas, I never was able to get a reply from him and believe he may have withdrawn from active participation in the online forums. (Some indication from another message posted that it might have been due to health issues?) in any event, I’m still searching for any additional information on these particular models. Like you, I’m attracted to these somewhat unusual bikes, though definitive sources of info about them are hard to come by. Here are a few pics of my own Herc Coronation model, still a work in progress though 90+ percent done.

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I see you're in Virginia, is that the Hercules King that was on FB Marketplace in Pennsylvania earlier this year? I noticed it because I hadn't seen that model before either. If it's the same bike, you've done an excellent job on the clean-up! Thanks for the pictures!
 

BobH

On Training Wheels
I see you're in Virginia, is that the Hercules King that was on FB Marketplace in Pennsylvania earlier this year? I noticed it because I hadn't seen that model before either. If it's the same bike, you've done an excellent job on the clean-up! Thanks for the pictures!
Thanks for your comments! It was listed on FB and I picked it up last May, but from a guy in New Jersey, the Camden area. It was quite a mess when I got it, and I had to replace a bent handlebar stem (thanks to fellow CABEr Jeff Rowse!) along with all the rubber bits (the front tire was petrified) and remove a lot of red reflective tape on frame and fenders. But overhaul/cleanup went smoothly and it was a fun project. Still need to do some more tweaks and finishing touches, but it is an interesting (and unusual) bike that rides quite well.
 
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