Bike Forums

Bike Forums (https://www.bikeforums.net/forum.php)
-   Classic & Vintage (https://www.bikeforums.net/forumdisplay.php?f=181)
-   -   For the love of English 3 speeds... (https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=623699)

gster 03-24-19 12:19 PM


Originally Posted by BigChief (Post 20851935)
Here's an image from the Hercules parts catalog of 1931. Now we have the HERCULES chainring. So, from period catalogs at least, the style chainring on your bike would suggest a date of 1930 or earlier. Notice the black painted centers on the rims. Nice touch.

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...e9494b8808.jpg

Evidence!!
black and red striped rim centres!
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...4428c2b92a.jpg

markk900 03-24-19 01:06 PM


Originally Posted by browngw (Post 20852626)
The only change in the future might be those pedals which were original to the bike. They feel tiny and delicate under my size 12 feet.

Wow - she's a beaut! I did a root beer/coffee one for my sister a few years back and the colour sparkles in the sun (too bad its not nice today!).

Re the pedals: they are awful. I had 2 fail on me over time; I tried to take one apart to see if I could repair it but no dice....I did get it apart but the outer cone retainer is a press fit and not reusable unless you are lucky. I bought a bag of c-clips to see if that would make them rebuildable but that failed quickly. Anyway, stock or not better pedals are in order!

dweenk 03-24-19 01:31 PM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 20852525)
Are these perverts trying to look up her skirt???
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...282197f5dd.jpg
And is that person with the ukulele a man or a woman??

Ukulele man is a man, and yes they are trying to look up her skirt. She seems to have that sorted out with her right leg crossed over her left. I was a horny adolescent in the past.

dweenk 03-24-19 01:35 PM

I just noticed the camper in the background - a troika perhaps? That would make me a horny old man.

SirMike1983 03-24-19 02:45 PM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 20852451)
I have to agree re: chainguard.
Not original to the bike but it's been on there
a very long time.
The kick stand has a bracket on either side (mis aligned) to
capture the stand.
I may remove it.
I may do a limited restore on this one.
Service the bearings etc., new rubber and pads
new chain and saddle.
The front wheel spins freely and appears true(ish).
I'll leave the paint alone as it's a nice time capsule.
Pedals are somewhat intact with Hercules still
visible on the rubber blocks.
It would be nice to date it accurately.
Your suggestion of 1930 or earlier seems on track.
I'm going to try some of that Evapo Rust you suggested.
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...888c550ac4.jpg
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...27d0c71ce7.jpg
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...f423c63db5.jpg

Correct about the chain guard - that looks like a McCauley aftermarket chain guard from the 1930s-40s. They made several art deco type chainguards that could be adapted to whatever bike you wanted to mount it on. The later ones from the 1950s and onward are kind of flimsy but the earlier ones are pretty good.

gster 03-24-19 04:26 PM


Originally Posted by dweenk (Post 20852848)
Ukulele man is a man, and yes they are trying to look up her skirt. She seems to have that sorted out with her right leg crossed over her left. I was a horny adolescent in the past.

A great poster.

BigChief 03-24-19 04:28 PM

OK, getting his Popular "H" to stand with nothing holding it is a neat trick, but he's not going anywhere with the girl in the store wearing that outfit.

gster 03-24-19 04:39 PM


Originally Posted by BigChief (Post 20853050)
OK, getting his Popular "H" to stand with nothing holding it is a neat trick, but he's not going anywhere with the girl in the store wearing that outfit.

I think the pedal is resting on the curb.
He may prefer the company of men (who doesn't?).

3speedslow 03-24-19 05:02 PM

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...73993dd4b.jpeg
For a R20 that is in great shape and condition, it only takes one modern smuck mechanic to cause a couple hours of sidetrack repairs to ruin my day!

that leaves me back on track when I find a correct cable end for the brake handle.

3speedslow 03-24-19 05:08 PM

Any body have a extra pump that fits a Raleigh folder they want to unload? It takes a 12” I believe size. Or is there another good source to acquire one from?


gster 03-24-19 05:33 PM


Originally Posted by 3speedslow (Post 20853087)
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...73993dd4b.jpeg
For a R20 that is in great shape and condition, it only takes one modern smuck mechanic to cause a couple hours of sidetrack repairs to ruin my day!

that leaves me back on track when I find a correct cable end for the brake handle.

Those nipples usually fit.
Not original but OK.

3speedslow 03-24-19 05:47 PM

This one does not. To me, it just looks plain wrong. I go dig through the old bins at the LBS tomorrow.

clubman 03-24-19 05:54 PM


Originally Posted by dweenk (Post 20852853)
I just noticed the camper in the background - a troika perhaps? That would make me a horny old man.

uhhh...I think that's a family you twisties! :innocent:

52telecaster 03-24-19 07:56 PM

The posters are wonderful!

PeterLYoung 03-25-19 01:25 AM


Originally Posted by 3speedslow (Post 20849165)


HA! You haven’t met me yet then!

ive seen videos where people clamp a shell into a vise and hammer/ punch it open. They used heavy rubber pads to grip it. Any other suggestions? I will be taking the plastic Oiler off just in case. Wish this hub was still built up in a wheel!

anybody stuffed an SA works inside one of these shells?

I have just opened up a 1940 SA X type (BSA) 3Speed that was not in a wheel and was stuck fast. I filled the 3 Speed with WD40 with the hub held in a vice by its spindle with the end cap I wanted to remove at the bottom (with a rag beneath to catch leakage). let it soak topping it up occasionally for a couple of days. I then gripped the end cap in the vice and heated the body of the hub with a gas torch until it started to show a straw colour in the flame (a lot of smoke from oil & WD 40 emanates). I then gently gripped the body with a large Plumbers Pipe Wrench and remembering it is a Left Hand thread gently increased the pressure and it started to give and I managed to unscrew the end cap. I was left with just a couple of marks on the body from the Pipe Wrench Jaws.

It is always prudent when breaking up a wheel with a 3Speed hub in it to unscrew, grease and re-screw in place the 3Speed end cap before breaking the wheel. (always wise after the event!!!!)

BigChief 03-25-19 05:36 AM


Originally Posted by 3speedslow (Post 20853135)
This one does not. To me, it just looks plain wrong. I go dig through the old bins at the LBS tomorrow.

Those cast ferrules are the only new ones I've found. They work OK, but the old Raleighs had plain, straight sided stepdowns made from steel.
edit: forgot to mention. Those new cast ferrules need these end caps on the cable housing to fit correctly. The old plain ones didn't.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/100pcs-Bicy...AAAOSwke9Z5d4N

gster 03-25-19 08:26 AM

1930(?) Hercules
Despite the age and rust, the cotters and BB
came apart with minimal fussing.
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...e6cfc7b730.jpg
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...ae022e7eb2.jpg
The spindle looks good and we'll see how well the cranks and chain ring clean up.
I suspect that these are nickle plated as opposed to chrome.
There's a bike shop near me that has a Hercules ring on the wall...
I may be able to persuade him to part with it..

carfreefamily 03-25-19 08:52 AM

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...f050513fdb.jpg
I finally got the 1952 Raleigh in riding condition. I rode it to work this morning, and it did marvelously. With the 22 tooth rear sprocket, I even managed the climb without having to stand on the pedals. I'm quite pleased with it. The only thing I wish were a little different, is the handlebars are in a little too close, (even for me, who likes them close). Still it's not uncomfortable. I just have to be careful about my hands sliding forward and changing out of low and into normal accidentally.

I did put more money into it than I thought I would when I bought. $120 bike - all it needs is some cleaning and overhauling of bearings, right?

It's sort of a hodgepodge of parts. The chaincase came from British eBay, and I believe it was off a 1950 Sports. I built the wheels with CR-18 rims and new spokes, (with spoke washers). I ended up buying two extra front hubs to get the proper shouldered nuts and washers. I thought maybe one of those hubs would end up on the bike, but I chose the original in the end. The armature had a short in it, so I replaced it, along with the magnet, from a 1955 front Dynohub I bought off eBay. The lights are new Busch and Muller's from Peter White and seem to work rather well with the AG hub.

There's still bits to do. The rear rack has lots of surface rust, but none of it looks threatening. The front fender, too, has a bit of rust here and there, that I believe I will just sand and paint over with Testors model paint. None of the patches are very big, and I find I'm not an enthusiastic or patient hand with a rattle can. My paint job gets the job done, but no one is going to mistake the bike for something that has been "restored".

I wanted to show that such a bike could still give good service as a daily commuter, and as of this morning, that is what it is doing.

I did want to thank everyone on this list who offered encouragement and advice. It made the process much easier and more enjoyable.

BigChief 03-25-19 08:57 AM

Sorry about this...just my opinion...I can't help it. This antique Herc should be kept as original as possible. Sure, for safety, a new pair of 32/40h Westwoods, but other than those I believe the damaged chrome parts should be cleaned, waxed and left as is or sent to somewhere like this:
Quality Chrome Plating - Custom and Antique Plating

gster 03-25-19 09:22 AM


Originally Posted by BigChief (Post 20853900)
Sorry about this...just my opinion...I can't help it. This antique Herc should be kept as original as possible. Sure, for safety, a new pair of 32/40h Westwoods, but other than those I believe the damaged chrome parts should be cleaned, waxed and left as is or sent to somewhere like this:
Quality Chrome Plating - Custom and Antique Plating

I agree with you.
It's really a piece of history and should be preserved.
I think the rims are beyond repair but will see...
The hubs are good and will clean up nicely.
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...cfea911298.jpg

Dan Burkhart 03-25-19 09:26 AM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 20853947)
I agree with you.
It's really a piece of history and should be preserved.
I think the rims are beyond repair but will see...
The hubs are good and will clean up nicely.
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...cfea911298.jpg

Awesome project. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
You may already know this, but these guys out in Guelph are a pretty good source for hard to find vintage rims. Backpeddling | King of Bikes ? Guelph, Ontario

gster 03-25-19 09:44 AM


Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart (Post 20853956)
Awesome project. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
You may already know this, but these guys out in Guelph are a pretty good source for hard to find vintage rims. Backpeddling | King of Bikes ? Guelph, Ontario

Thanks for that!

gster 03-25-19 12:07 PM

The Hercules came apart without any trouble.
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...66332b13bd.jpg
The steering bearings and races all seem good.
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...dc81320969.jpg
The 22T freewheel is branded The Villiers.
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...e1bd0e4385.jpg

Salubrious 03-25-19 12:08 PM

I've been riding my Superbe for the last week since the snow receded.

This weekend I was running errands which included a stop at the LBS. As per my usual, left the bike with the fork locked out front but otherwise just sitting on its kickstand. While in the shop a customer came in to report that apparently someone who was looking a bit sketchy was looking the Superbe over and asked if the customer owned it- when 'no' was the answer was then asked for money.

So it appeared that someone was interested in stealing the bike. Upon hearing this I laughed as the locked fork was going to make that a bit tricky. However for whatever reason, the police showed up in force (apparently were driving by and saw what was transpiring first hand) before anyone could even call. They appeared to be arresting the young man as I left the LBS.

gster 03-25-19 12:12 PM

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...9378e207c8.jpg
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...13f2b80606.jpg

3speedslow 03-25-19 02:40 PM

Why am I not surprised someone here can produce an NOS piece of components for these bikes from their stash. British Throughout!

3speedslow 03-25-19 02:42 PM


Originally Posted by Salubrious (Post 20854253)
I've been riding my Superbe for the last week since the snow receded.

This weekend I was running errands which included a stop at the LBS. As per my usual, left the bike with the fork locked out front but otherwise just sitting on its kickstand. While in the shop a customer came in to report that apparently someone who was looking a bit sketchy was looking the Superbe over and asked if the customer owned it- when 'no' was the answer was then asked for money.

So it appeared that someone was interested in stealing the bike. Upon hearing this I laughed as the locked fork was going to make that a bit tricky. However for whatever reason, the police showed up in force (apparently were driving by and saw what was transpiring first hand) before anyone could even call. They appeared to be arresting the young man as I left the LBS.

Prior history of this behavior or reports of suspicious behavior earlier. Nice they did a call over a bike!

BigChief 03-25-19 02:46 PM


Originally Posted by carfreefamily (Post 20853893)
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...f050513fdb.jpg
I finally got the 1952 Raleigh in riding condition. I rode it to work this morning, and it did marvelously. With the 22 tooth rear sprocket, I even managed the climb without having to stand on the pedals. I'm quite pleased with it. The only thing I wish were a little different, is the handlebars are in a little too close, (even for me, who likes them close). Still it's not uncomfortable. I just have to be careful about my hands sliding forward and changing out of low and into normal accidentally.

I did put more money into it than I thought I would when I bought. $120 bike - all it needs is some cleaning and overhauling of bearings, right?

It's sort of a hodgepodge of parts. The chaincase came from British eBay, and I believe it was off a 1950 Sports. I built the wheels with CR-18 rims and new spokes, (with spoke washers). I ended up buying two extra front hubs to get the proper shouldered nuts and washers. I thought maybe one of those hubs would end up on the bike, but I chose the original in the end. The armature had a short in it, so I replaced it, along with the magnet, from a 1955 front Dynohub I bought off eBay. The lights are new Busch and Muller's from Peter White and seem to work rather well with the AG hub.

There's still bits to do. The rear rack has lots of surface rust, but none of it looks threatening. The front fender, too, has a bit of rust here and there, that I believe I will just sand and paint over with Testors model paint. None of the patches are very big, and I find I'm not an enthusiastic or patient hand with a rattle can. My paint job gets the job done, but no one is going to mistake the bike for something that has been "restored".

I wanted to show that such a bike could still give good service as a daily commuter, and as of this morning, that is what it is doing.

I did want to thank everyone on this list who offered encouragement and advice. It made the process much easier and more enjoyable.

Excellent work. Another beautiful classic roadster back on the road. I also touch up rust spots with an artists brush and enamel paint. On more important bikes where I'm going mostly for preservation, I don't fill and smooth pitted areas . I gently scrape off any loose rust with a knife, touch over the area with paint, let it dry and go over the whole bike with polishing compound then wax. This will blend in the gloss, but not hide the repair totally. I figure the less I mess with the finish the better, but at least there won't be any red rust showing. Just pitted painted spots. Great job, the bike looks fantastic.

ryansu 03-25-19 03:17 PM


Originally Posted by carfreefamily (Post 20853893)
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...f050513fdb.jpg
.

I did put more money into it than I thought I would when I bought. $XXX bike - all it needs is some cleaning and overhauling of bearings, right?

.

I think that is the story of most of our C&V lives :lol:

Your 3 speed came out beautifully btw, I envy those who can commute by 3 speed, my commute it too long and to hilly for a 3 speed - at least for my level of fitness.

carfreefamily 03-25-19 03:32 PM


Originally Posted by ryansu (Post 20854581)
I think that is the story of most of our C&V lives :lol:

Your 3 speed came out beautifully btw, I envy those who can commute by 3 speed, my commute it too long and to hilly for a 3 speed - at least for my level of fitness.

According to my mysterious electronic devices, my commute is 5.9 miles one way with an elevation gain of 721 feet. The steepest pitch is a 14% grade, which is a short section of the bike trail that climbs out of an arroyo to a high point on the Rail Trail.

I do have to say that I think, at 53, I'm in much better shape from all the bike commuting I've done than when I was in my twenties. There are some days where the climb up to work just seems too tedious for a three speed, but then I get to coast back home, so by the end of the day, I've completely forgotten the hard climb of the morning. And of course there are some mornings where the hard climb is delightful. I would say that I commute by three speed about 90% of the time. The rest of the time I'm on my Xtracycle - built out of a 1984 Trek mountain bike, or my Rivendell, The only time I drive is when it's particularly icy out, and my wife wants to go up in the car. (We do have one bike with studded snow tires, but only one.)


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:07 PM.


Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.