1934 Hercules Popular Lady’s 22″ Bicycle with Watsonian Sidecar

1934 Hercules Popular Lady’s 22″ Bicycle with Watsonian Sidecar

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To see more of this bicycle, at the

Museum for Suffrage & Cycling

PLEASE CLICK HERE

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This 1934 Lady’s Hercules is fitted with a rare Watsonian Juvenile sidecar in superb condition. It’s the ideal set-up for enthusiasts of thirties costume and accessories, as well as those who enjoy interesting obscurities from Great Britain’s wonderful motoring history.

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The sidecar is remarkably well-preserved. I had all threee windows replaced. The body, chassis, interior and fittings were already in excellent condition.

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The sidecar has been well fitted to the bicycle. There are two fitting bolts and, in addition, it bolts to the spindle.

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The hood clips over the sidecar in case of rain.

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The bicycle has been serviced, and it functions as it should. I’ve road-tested it, and found the brakes a little weak, though that’s indicative of the type of bike; they do actually work.

I should mention that riding a sidecar outfit takes some practice. Sidecar riding is a lost art.

1. You have to lean into bends, ie sidecars do not steer around corners, the bicycle drags it round.

2. The added drag of a sidecar means the bicycle pulls to the left when riding in a straight line; traditionally one rests only the right hand on the handlebars to even the pull.

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The Hercules has been repainted at some time in its life. It’s well-preserved for a 60-year-old.

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HERCULES CYCLE & MOTOR Co. Ltd
Britannia Works, Rocky Lane, Aston, Birmingham 6

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I became interested in Hercules bicycles after researching the history of the British bicycle industry, and seeing how Hercules took on the establishment …to become the largest producer in its day.

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The company produced the cheapest well-made bikes, which in itself is not such an easy image to promote. But they created such glorious images in their catalogues that I find it hard not to be impressed. As you may observe from the 1934 catalogue picture below, puppies might have been an optional extra.

Below you can see a photograph of a futuristic cyclist, taken by Edward Malindine for the Daily Herald newspaper on 29 November, 1933. This photograph was taken at a pageant held at the Dorchester Hotel, London, to celebrate the history of the Hercules Cycle Company.

This is a prediction of what the well-dressed cyclist would be wearing in 1940 to ride her ‘wireless cycle’, which came complete with telephone.

These pics are from the Hercules Online Museum:

to see more – PLEASE CLICK HERE

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Tyres are 28 x 1 1/2.

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The saddle is a Lycett L20 Ladies Model.

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Here’s a close-up illustration of the sidecar fittings to the bicycle.

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The sidecar retains its Watsonian emblems.

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To read more about Watsonian and their Juvenile sidecars

and to see photos of these two sidecars together

PLEASE CLICK HERE

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The sidecar seat is very basic, being a hammock type of arrangement.

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NEW PHOTOS

Some of my bikes work for a living. A magazine hired the Hercules and sidecar for a fashion shoot. Here are a few of my pictures of the shoot (and of my daughter who came along to see what was going on and couldn’t resist trying out the sidecar.

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(Now sold)

To see more of this bicycle, at the

Museum for Suffrage & Cycling

PLEASE CLICK HERE

Published on May 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

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