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usarnie1

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 10, 2015
139
Woodland Hills, CA
I am very excited about the arrival of my next bike! I am still waiting for my cousin in Massachusetts to ship me the 1953 Hercules Windsor Bicycle that I purchesed almost 2 months ago on e-bay that was located in Road Island. The first thing I will be doing to that bike is add greese to the stem bearings, bottom bracket and both wheel axels. Then I will lace up a Hercules B type 3 Hub to the Dunlop rim, using Stainless Steel Spokes. Additionally, I will mount a set of premium tires, tubes and rim liners to both rims and mount them to the bike. Also, I will add my stock handlebars to the existing stem and add both caliper brakes, cables, hand controls and SA shifter. After which, I will add the chain, chain guard, fenders and an English kick stand. When all the above is completed, I will decide what else I can do to make the bike look and perform better.

My cousin will be keeping all the non stock parts, which consist of: the handlebars, hand grips, Komet rear coaster brake hub, spokes and both pedals. That should keep the contents of the box down to 37 pounds. My cousin is currently looking for a box small or large enough to fit everything I want into it. I forwarded to my cousin $100 and I am hopeful he can ship it for less!

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usarnie1

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 10, 2015
139
Woodland Hills, CA
It is now 3 months since I purchased the above bike and my cousin has still not shipped it to me, as he is overwhelmed with work related issues. In the meantime a 1953 Hercules Royal Prince has shown up 12 miles from my house and it is somewhat overpriced as it is missing the complete hercules front brake assembly, rear chainguard clamp and left pedal dust cap. It also comes with a non-stock seat and handgrips. The tires look to be flat. The seller is firm at $200 and will not listen to an offer!

I think I should buy it anyway! As I love the 1953 Hercules bicycles and I already have a complete Hercules front brake assembly, Pedal dust cap, rear chainguard clamp, original used made in England tan sprung seat, a set of near new Hungerford Super Jet hand grips and a pair of new Schwalbe tires.

My wife thinks that I should wait, as she believes no one else will over pay to get this bicycle!

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3-speeder

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 26, 2017
643
Lansing, MI, United States
Well..... I love the chainwheel on that bike and it looks like the paint is bright and in good shape. You have the parts to make it complete. Should you wait????? I often have debated a purchase so long the decision gets made for me. My new theory is set up the meeting to look at the bike and get dibs on it. That gives you the opportunity to buy it or not, gives you that much longer to think. If you want it after seeing it then you should get it
 
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usarnie1

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 10, 2015
139
Woodland Hills, CA
I decided to take 3-speeder and Oilit advice and I went to purchase the bike. However, when I was at the sellers home and saw the bike, it needed a lot more work than the photos showed. The front tire was an original Dunlop that the side wall had a blow out due to the fabric within the tire from decintigrating and the tube within the tire was beyond repair. Although the rear tire was intact, it was a later replacement and did not look much better. The paint was faded and when I waxed it at my home, it did not help. The unique Queen Elizabeth II decals were also faded. Anyway, I told the seller that this bike was not a $200 bike and he immediately droped the price to $160 and I purchased it!

Once at my home, I did a clean up of all the chrome and waxed the bike. I removed the chain and wire wheeled it to clean off all the rust. Additionally, I had to press out two links, as they were rusted solid. I rebuilt the bottom bracket and it showed signs of a previous lube. I replaced the seat with an original tan sprung seat and added a Brooks leather tool pouch, replaced the hand grips with new ones that matched the tan seat, replaced the pedals with NOS Hercules pedals, Added a used Raleigh kickstand, a used Hercules front caliper brake with hand control and 4 new brake pads, a front stem headlight support and new Schwalbe tires. I did all the above in 2 days!

All that is remaining for me to do is replace all the cables and re-grease the fork bearings.

The bike is no way a show bike! It is a survivor. However, I am glad that I purchased it.

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3-speeder

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 26, 2017
643
Lansing, MI, United States
I love that chainwheel. You don't see those. Bike is looking sharp!
 

usarnie1

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 10, 2015
139
Woodland Hills, CA
Today, I replaced all the cables, added a chrome rear chainguard support, stainless steel cable clamps, a re-painted Midland rear carrying rack and a Miller lighting set. I ordered a tan Tourban canvass pannier and matching Tourban canvass cargo triangle that fits within the V section of the frame. I also ordered a set of Schwalbe creme collored tires. Hopefully, that should keep me busy for awhile!

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Oilit

I live for the CABE
Dec 30, 2015
1,189
Concord NC
Today, I replaced all the cables, added a chrome rear chainguard support, stainless steel cable clamps, a re-painted Midland rear carrying rack and a Miller lighting set. I ordered a tan Tourban canvass pannier and matching Tourban canvass cargo triangle that fits within the V section of the frame. I also ordered a set of Schwalbe creme collored tires. Hopefully, that should keep me busy for awhile!

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Good job! The bike may not look new, but she's at least aging gracefully, which is more than some of us can say.
 
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bikiba

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Apr 17, 2014
2,092
NYC
thees diamond frames are my all time favorites. Classic!!
 

usarnie1

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 10, 2015
139
Woodland Hills, CA
Shown below are before and after photos of two of my three 1953 Hercules bicycles that are at my home in California. I have rejuvenated both of these bikes. I am running out of things to do or add to these bikes. These bikes are not pristine garage queens, as I ride them three times a week for exercise. However, both are in excellent mechaical condition and both are very presentable. Too bad there is not a bike show for English 3 speed bikes anywhere nearby to where I live. I enjoy showing them off to my friends, family and neighbors.

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usarnie1

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 10, 2015
139
Woodland Hills, CA
As usual I have added, removed and changed things on my twin Hercules bikes. Just like a parent, having 2 human twins, I do not have a favorite of my 2 bikes!

I am in need of a mid 1950s Hercules hand brake control and a Hurcumatic B type 3, three speed hub, for my Hercules Windsor bike that my cousin will be shipping to me from Massachusetts. If any one out there has either of these parts, I would appreciate if you would let me know and sell them to me.

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usarnie1

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 10, 2015
139
Woodland Hills, CA
My cousin in Massachusetts finally shipped my Hercules Windsor bicycle to me in California. So far I have overhauled both the bottom bracket and the steering head tube. Additionally, I have removed the black over spray paint that the bike had on it as a result of the close proximity of an aerosol painting project and both the electrical tape and masking tape that was on the front of the top tube. Also, I replaced both the rear fenders support bridge and the pedals. Lastly, I replaced the single speed coaster brake hub with a Hercules B type 2 hub, using both the original Dunlop rim and its' 285mm spokes. Next, I will be adding two sets of hand brakes and a Hercules 3 speed shifter and all the cables. The photo below shows what the bike looked like when I originally purchased it in Road Island. When I finish doing all the repairs and adding some accessories, I will post another photo.

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bikemonkey

I live for the CABE
Jun 25, 2016
1,371
67
North Carolina , Albemarle, NC, United States
Very nice classic bikes!

You may want to try very fine rubbing compound on the dull paint as a first step in spiffing them up. It can also remove overspray and other foreign stuff on paint. Do not do this on the pinstripes or decals as they can rub right off. I have revived a number of dead paint English steeds with this method. It is tedious but well worth the effort.
 
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usarnie1

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 10, 2015
139
Woodland Hills, CA
Attached is a photo of the work that I have completed on my Hercules Windsor bicycle.

I added a new Brooks B66 saddle, NOS Midland rear rack, NOS pedals, Hungerford Super Jet hand Grips, Space Patrol decals, RI kick stand, headlight bracket, hand brake controls and Her-cu-matic shifter. I still need to add the wheels, tires and cables.

If anyone on the Cabe has a photo of the Hercules Windsor chain guard decal, that is in better condition than the one on my bike. I would appreciate if you would add it to this post, so I can have a duplicate made.

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usarnie1

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 10, 2015
139
Woodland Hills, CA
Sorry, it is too late for me to edit that post.
 

usarnie1

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 10, 2015
139
Woodland Hills, CA
My Hercules Windsor Bicycle, that was found at a storage facility auction in Rhode Island, is now complete! Because of the bike being in storage for many years, it has very little sun fading to the flamboyant red paint. I still have not found a photo of a better quality Hercules Windsor chain guard decal than the damaged one on my bike. A good quality decal is the last thing that this bicycle needs to be finished!

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