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Thread: My 1939-40 Hercules Deluxe Bicycle. Restoration and conversion to a classic roadster!

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    Icon10 My 1939-40 Hercules Deluxe Bicycle. Restoration and conversion to a classic roadster!

    Hey Guyz!
    This time, I got hold of a bicycle used by my ancestors of ancestors.
    Yeah!
    I went to my grandma's home and I went to the store room what is there.
    I saw all sorts of things like old cardboard boxes, old TV sets, etc etc.
    And one thing I saw with a black colour cover on it. I removed it with fear.
    There stood a bicycle named Hercules De-luxe !!
    I asked my grandma about that and she said that the cycle came as a gift from a friend of my grandpa's dad. It was bought in 1939-1940 (bought on Jan 1 manufactured in 1939)

    It was used till 1995 by my uncle (mom's brother) after which a Bajaj Spirit was bought and then the cycle was retired.

    So, inspected the cycle.

    Wheels are bent. Need to remove those bends.
    Tyres are worn, tube is punctured and torn.
    Paint was gone. Will repaint it to Glossy Black or the original Glossy Green!
    Brakes are worn and the assembly itself need to be changed.
    Will find more as it was only checked on top.

    Planning to disassemble it and check all the parts in a month (yes, a school boy's life. parents will not allow me to got grandma's home myself withouth them as it is too faraway from my home).

    Will post some snaps! And don't forget to give your suggestions too!!!
    Last edited by RVSB-RocketVicknySuperBoy; 03-14-2015 at 10:54 PM.

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    Nice find. Pick up the bike from your grandparents house and forget all your homework and work only on the cycle
    Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

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    Default Re: My 1939-40 Hercules Deluxe Bicycle. Restoration and conversion to a classic roads

    Nice to see you interested in restoring a part of history. Best of luck!
    Keep us posted.

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    Default Re: My 1939-40 Hercules Deluxe Bicycle. Restoration and conversion to a classic roads

    Sorry for the late updates guys.

    OK, saw it today finally!

    Surprisingly, brakes were functioning, chain can be rotated, and everything was smooth!
    Rusts, only frame was not rusted, everything was rusted like handlebars, mudguards, etc.

    And today, I had to go to a cycle shop which is 2 kms away from my home for the restoration.
    Tried to tow it by bike, cant get it right and with least success.
    And I decided to pedal it till there!
    You guys know that the tyres and the tubes would be damaged like hell, but, I was able to ride it and pedalled to that shop.

    I got a quote of Rs. 2000 for full restoration and gave him the cycle and an advance of Rs. 500.

    I decided to paint it to the original Olive Green Shade.

    Photos of my Hercules Popular Deluxe,
    Sorry, that link below is a gallery link.
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    Postimage.org / gallery - DSC 1532, DSC 1533, DSC 1534, DSC 1535, DSC 1536, DSC 1537, DSC 1538
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    Default Re: My 1939-40 Hercules Deluxe Bicycle. Restoration and conversion to a classic roads

    Hope it will come to life soon.

    Sent from my Xperia L.

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    Default Re: My 1939-40 Hercules Deluxe Bicycle. Restoration and conversion to a classic roads

    Quote Originally Posted by krishna77 View Post
    Hope it will come to life soon.

    Sent from my Xperia L.
    Will get it by next Saturday, too much time should be taken as I have opted for painting and the paint should get dried fully. Otherwise, I can get it tomorrow without paint job!

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    Icon6 Re: My 1939-40 Hercules Deluxe Bicycle. Restoration and conversion to a classic roads

    FiNiShEd ThE ReStOrAtIoN !!!!!
























    And the comparison between before and after restoration:


    @All
    FYI, some parts has not been changed like the seat(seat cover is changed, but inner seat is all the same), crank(only the crank where we have our feet and pedal), rear brake assembly, etc as they are the original English made.
    My LBS mechanic validated that it was made before 1950 just by looking at parts (like frame geometry, fork, etc).
    The carrier is also same, it is VIMCO make.

    List of parts not changed:
    Rear brake connecting rods,
    Seat (seatcover is changed with cushioning inside),
    Crank (where the pedals connect, that big wheel with teeth),
    Stand,
    Bearings,
    Front fork,
    Tyres,
    Tubes,
    and I may have not listed some.
    The amazing fact is both the Tyres and Tubes are the original (made before 1970). The rear was punctured only once.
    I thought the tube should have got torn and the tyres should have got weak, but both are holding pretty good.

    It surely rides smooth without any noise coming from anywhere.
    That seats are the best part, that integrated shocks absorbs shocks very well!
    Last edited by RVSB-RocketVicknySuperBoy; 04-12-2015 at 05:31 PM.
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    Default Re: My 1939-40 Hercules Deluxe Bicycle. Restoration and conversion to a classic roads

    That's a fantastic job you have done there. Wonderful, amazing.
    Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

    Give your details here if you want to help your fellow xBhpian stranded in your city

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    Default Re: My 1939-40 Hercules Deluxe Bicycle. Restoration and conversion to a classic roads

    Nicely done brother. Thumb up!

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    Default Re: My 1939-40 Hercules Deluxe Bicycle. Restoration and conversion to a classic roads

    It is not a restoration actually.
    Just a makeover or a partial rebuild.
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