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

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

 

 

 

This 1934 Lady’s Hercules is fitted with a rare Watsonian Juvenile sidecar in superb condition. I restored it, and subsequently sold it, in 2009. My daughter Delphy tried it out, below…

 

 

This is an 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 three 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)