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Page 306. 1920s Hermes Roadster with Gearbox. Extremely rare

1920s Hermes Roadster with Gearbox

ORIGINAL CONDITION FOR RESTORATION

This Swedish machine is so rare that I’ve not been able to find out anything about it.

The gearbox linkage is missing, and it only operates in a single gear.

It’s a fascinating machine, with fancy lugwork, and it must have been a top-of-the-range bicycle in its day.

It is waiting for an enthusiast who appreciates eccentric historic bicycles to start work on its restoration.

 

 

 

 

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NYMANS

Uppsala, Sweden

 

Anders Nyman started out as a surgical instrument maker in Uppsala, branching out into bicycle repairing and manufacture in the 1880s. He dies in 1889, and the company was run first by his widow, and then by his sons from 1893. They first used the Hermes name in 1894. By 1900 they produced around 500 bicycles, increasing to 2500 in 1905. The company became Sweden’s largest cycle manufacturer, with the Hermes as its main brand. Later machines featured a Hermes mascot on the front mudguard.

 

Here’s a great Swedish film of the Nymans factory in 1927:

http://www.filmarkivet.se/sv/Film/?movieid=274&returnurl=http://www.filmarkivet.se/sv/Sok/?quicksearch%3Dsorted

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