Saturday, February 18, 2017

Another Warm Day - 1946 Hercules Model C

Just because a bicycle has 3 speeds and is made in Britain does not mean it is like all other British 3-speed bikes. An example is this change of pace: going from the late-1960s 5-speed Sprite to a 1946 Hercules Model C.

Both have 26 x 1-3/8 wheels, both have 3 speed transmissions, and both are lugged steel frames. Both also have the usual array of fenders, Brooks saddle, saddle bag, and chromed bright work.

But the 1946 Hercules has the rider almost perfectly upright, with the knees traveling through the bends in the handle bars. The Hercules is a slower, more leisurely bicycle.

However, it is quite easy to go a great distance on the Hercules, it just takes a long time to get there. I spent about 90 minutes today on the 1946 Hercules, and really did not feel any fatigue because the bike is not demanding on the rider in the least.

The temperature reached almost 70 degrees today - very warm for February. The past month or so has been very good for riding, considering it is the middle of winter.

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