Hercules Aston Tourist update

Since my original blog about this bike I have had a few stress filled moments whilst working on it .

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First one reared its head when I went to take the quill stem out , as it would only allow me to move it up or down about half an inch . When I finally got it all apart I found that the last inch of the quill stem had come adrift from the rest .

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Next came the two plus hours trying to fit a set of guards , I could get the guards to sit ok but couldn’t get the stays to reach the mounting points so in the end I found some brackets that I fitted between the stays and the mounts .

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The other issue my local bike shop sorted by re-dishing the rear wheel so it sat central in the frame.

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Once all these were sorted it’s been plain sailing and I can honestly say it rides really smooth and all that’s left is to find the ideal tyre pressure .

1955 hercules Aston Tourist

Added another 1950’s bike to my collection the other night a very original 1955 Hercules Aston Tourist .

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I have seen a few of it’s sportier sibling the Aston Club come up for sale before but have never seen an Aston Tourist .

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It should clean up nicely if that is what i decide on . Having given it a couple of short laps around the block i can’t believe how smooth and well it rides apart from slightly buckled rear wheel .

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