British Hercules v German Hercules
These two wonderfully heroic bicycles were both restored by my crazy French friend, Patrick.
Once Pat gets his teeth into a restoration, he won’t let go. Which is just as well with the German Hercules, as the paint was a pig to do, reacting several times before he finished it.
British Hercules are sturdy well-made machines: their reputation was built on that. But the German model looks like it was made for going to war. It’s a real heavy-duty machine.
They ride very differently. The gears are responsive on the British Hercules and it’s great for nipping in and out of traffic when cars are at a standstill in rush hour. The German one is better on the open road: once you’ve mastered that coaster brake, it’s ready to stomp some ass.