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

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

 

Bicycles had become the ultimate female fashion accessory by the 1930s. Even then, women were under pressure to maintain trim figures, but rather than advertising agencies promoting slimming aids, they rec0mmended cycling!

 

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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 75-year-old.

 

 

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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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(This bicycle and sidecar is now sold)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on May 27, 2009 at 4:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

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