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Old 10-31-2013, 01:37 AM
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The NOS Hercules transfers arrived today, I see they have Rudge ones as well so one of my other old bikes might get a birthday too in the near future

On looking more closely at the transfers I saw that the long seat tube transfer has 'the wording, '50 years Hercules Guarantee' written inside the rosette the figure of Hercules is holding. With my own English Hercules approaching its 70th year I must say that I've got nothing to complain about, but how many modern manufacturers do you know that would dare make such a claim these days?

The transfers are going to get shared between my Hercules trike and my English Hercules bicycle as some of my English bike's transfers have been rubbed off by the swish of ladies long skirts over the years. Obviously i cant put any transfer that says 'Hercules, Britannia Works, Birmingham' on my Indian Hercules and some of the transfers that are good for my Indian trike are too late period for my English bike, but by sharing the sheet out both Hercules machines will get a nice freshening up.
I have no plans to do anything to my English Hercules's black stove enameling except to clean it. Repainting it would be a crime.
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Old 10-31-2013, 05:35 AM
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And besides, the paint's not worn out yet.
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Old 10-31-2013, 06:04 AM
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And besides, the paint's not worn out yet.
That's right, it's only just out of warranty
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:12 AM
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So far it looks like most of my Hercules trike's paintwork is coming up nicely with a good clean and a polish. One of the rear mudguards needs some scrapes to its paintwork touching up, but I would say that nothing is needing a complete repaint.

Tonight I stripped out a 26inch mountain bike wheel rim from a wheel with a damaged hub taking care to save all the spokes. Spokes are getting too expensive to simply cut out of a wheel so I always try to save as many as I can and put them away in the 'stores' .
I really like the Sachs two speed kick back coaster hub I fitted to my Hercules trike, only the old 26 x 1 3/8 rim attached to it has to go so I can finally have tyres of the same size and profile on the back axle of my trike. I saved all the spokes from this wheel too, - all save one that was stuck and had to be cut.
Before I lace the Sachs hub onto the new rim I'll take it apart and clean it and pack it with new grease. The hub works fine, but I think I'd be silly not to take the opportunity to service it.
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:33 AM
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Good to hear that the trike is coming along. Sachs is the one who invented the coaster brake hub the "torpedo" hub and they knew what they were doing. When I hear people bad talk coaster brakes I get irritated, as if all coaster brakes are cheap and no good, based on poor experiences with junk hubs coming out of China. Open up one those those junk hubs next to an old Sachs or Bendix and look at the difference in parts quality... number of bearings, etc.
Having a Sachs 2 speed hub is just one more thing to set your Herculese "above and beyond".

Have been laid up some with a flu bug/bronchitis for a couple of weeks and am still in the middle of it. No help is an early winter here with much snow and lows -25 to -30 F. Give that some wind and it is nasty. I have lots of bike things to do, but little energy to do them with, so projects wait. My project now is staying warm, feeding the wood stove, keeping paths clear. Times like this it is especially nice to see what everybody else is doing.
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:36 PM
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I agree SB On days when I'm not so well it cheers me up a lot to log on to the forum so I can see what's doing.

Before I tried the Sachs hub I was using a Sturmey Archer 3 speed coaster hub. The SA hub certainly worked well and I have no complaints about it, but once the Sachs hub went on my trike that was that, it was there to stay.

Take good care of yourself now SB, stay warm and get well. I'll keep you in my prayers too.
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Old 01-02-2014, 10:38 PM
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The weather here continues to be very warm humid and overcast with sudden heavy rain and thunderstorms. Anybody who took their annual holidays over the Christmas - New Year period would be feeling very disappointed right now.

Because I don't do so well when the weather is like this I've been mostly working on my bikes at night when it's a lot cooler and sleeping during the day.
Progress has been slow though, but that's fine by me as I enjoy the building and mechanical side of the hobby as much as I do being able to ride my bikes.

After seeing a nice looking old fashioned style weathershield on Aliexpress I ordered one early in December and despite it being so close to Christmas it arrived inside of two weeks. The vendor's website showed the weathershield fitted to a plasticy looking scooter, - only it looked to me as if it would fit a traditional heavyweight bicycle frame very nicely indeed.
It was great finding out that my hunch was right and I didn't have much trouble at all with fitting it to my Hercules tricycle.

Last night I made a start with lacing the Sachs hub and the new 26inch alloy rim together. Fortunately I didn't get very far because when I had a look at it in the cold light of day I saw at once I'd made a mistake. Practice make perfect I suppose (sigh).

A large family group of hedgehogs lives in my jungle like excuse for a garden and they've taken to having late night tea parties around the cat's bowl and water dish. I always put out plenty of water for visiting animals as it can get very dry and hot here sometimes during Summer, I don't mind the hedgehogs helping themselves to left over cat kibble and from the amount of time they spend drinking water I think they must be getting very thirsty with the weather being so warm.
This Spring the family group was increased by two and i was delighted when I saw the two babies arriving with the adults. They're bigger now and are growing quite quickly, but I still have to watch where I'm stepping as they like to explore the carport and they aren't at all worried about me being around. The adults are more nervous and will scuttle off if I get too close, though I have noticed that they seem to be getting more used to me lately.

The batteries were dying in my camera, so sorry about the lack of photos. When I came to crop the picture of my Hercules wearing its new weathershield I noticed that one of the baby hedgehogs was in shot so I've included that too
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Old 01-25-2014, 05:41 AM
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I'm missing my tricycle so badly and with wanting to get the Colombe cyclecar under way I really do need to have my old faithful tricycle truck back on the road again.
The two speed Sachs hub is still awaiting overhaul and lacing into a new rim. I thought I had spokes which would suit, but I don't so a Sturmey Archer coaster hub wheel is being pressed into service for the meantime. It was very straight forward to give an SA hub a general clean out lube and adjust and it works very nicely but I really do miss the Sachs two speed.



In the photo you can see I've stripped out all the electric control gear for the 250 watt hub motor wheel that was previously installed. The present plan is to fit up a 450watt electric motor to drive through a Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub equipped wheel on the side where the hub motor wheel used to be.
The right hand side rear wheel in the photo is the one I will be using, - though I want to open up the hub and give it a service before I go too much further.

My Hercules trike will be finally getting a proper cargo tray as part of the present rebuild which will be a good thing too. Previously it was fitted with a series of lash-up cargo carrying arrangements that weren't either as strong or secure as they should have been.
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Old 01-25-2014, 06:07 AM
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Good thing things like that are hard to find around here, I don't need anymore bikes/trikes at the moment, but I like that.
Not that I'd leave it 'standard' and that's why it's probably better in someone elses hands.
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Old 01-25-2014, 07:22 PM
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I'm very much a retro old fashioned girl Theon. I prefer bicycles from the 1950's or earlier and I love working with old bicycle parts. My Hercules trike is actually built around an Indian built 28inch wheeled bicycle from the 1990's (and yes you can still buy them new like that). I also own a 60+ year old English Hercules bicycle which gets ridden most days and the two bikes are a complete match for each other. The only difference being that the older bike has much better quality fittings and fasteners.
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