1939 German Hercules v 1948 British Hercules

British Hercules v German Hercules

A full resume of each of these bikes is available at the

ONLINE HERCULES MUSEUM

- Please click on the link at the bottom of the page

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.

To read about the history of Hercules Cycle & Motor Co

and see other Hercules models,

visit the ONLINE HERCULES MUSEUM

- PLEASE CLICK HERE

Published on October 31, 2008 at 7:41 am  Leave a Comment  

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