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100 years of Hercules Cycles

#1 by svrman ( deleted ) , Wed Jul 21, 2010 3:52 pm

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Hercules Cycle & Motors Ltd are 100 years old this year and there is a celebratory event at the former factory site

Details are at

https://sites.google.com/site/herculesonehundred/

Everybody is welcome in ANY vehicle or bowling a hoop!

svrman

RE: 100 years of Hercules Cycles

#2 by phil ( deleted ) , Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:29 pm

Hi svrman,

Welcome to our forum, thanks for the link. It's not a thing that we think about much these days is it? The humble bicycle, even 100 years ago it was the beginning of the end for it as the roads were beginning to be monopolised by the car.

Who knows what might have been had the car never been invented.

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RE: 100 years of Hercules Cycles

#3 by Deleted User , Wed Jul 21, 2010 8:52 pm

Sounds like a good day...........



RE: 100 years of Hercules Cycles

#4 by Sheldonboy , Wed Jul 21, 2010 8:56 pm

Zitat von phil
Hi svrman,

Welcome to our forum, thanks for the link. It's not a thing that we think about much these days is it? The humble bicycle, even 100 years ago it was the beginning of the end for it as the roads were beginning to be monopolised by the car.

Who knows what might have been had the car never been invented.

Phil


For one thing what would they have done with all that Petrol. The Garages would have been quiet too. SB


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RE: 100 years of Hercules Cycles

#5 by Deleted User , Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:00 pm

Did you know that camping began by people who rode bikes.

I was watching a programme about the history off camping last night.



RE: 100 years of Hercules Cycles

#6 by Voltman , Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:06 pm

Good point SB, The motorways would have been named something else too.
So where were Hercules Cycle & Motors Ltd situated then?


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RE: 100 years of Hercules Cycles

#7 by svrman ( deleted ) , Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:13 pm

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Did you know that camping began by people who rode bikes.



Birmingham was at the forefront of the tube industry which allowed small workshops to capitalise on bicycle manufacturing which in turn spawned motorcycle manufacture and then continued with car manufacture.

Birmingham's tube industry was helped considerable by the manufacture of brass bedsteads, indeed Birmingham was at one time called the Brass Bedstead capital of the world!

Gun making, of course, also relied on tube manufacture.

Having such a diverse skill and manufacturing base allowed Birmingham to always take advantage of any new industrial trend.

Perhaps it was fitting then that Hercules was eventually taken over by TI (Tube Investments)

Directions to Hercules
https://sites.google.com/site/herculeson...ject-definition

or
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?lci=com...cee6950b0b03c4a


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RE: 100 years of Hercules Cycles

#8 by Sheldonboy , Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:42 pm

Thanks SVR interesting story. I take it by your username that you are int the Severn Valley Railway? Alo did you by any chance come from Sheldon. SB


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