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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:45 am 
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Rescued this Hercules Commuter - just felt the tip was kind of an injustice.....
It's a Sturmey Archer 3 speed (1987 according to the hub).
Have an eye on maintaining it and using it as my runaround.
First step was to clean all the road grime off.
Quickly came across these holes in the frame.
They are on the non-drive side seat stay.
I don't like the look of them, but am not familiar enough with this kind of bike to know if they are 'normal'.
Grateful to anyone who can shed any light on whether it is worth continuing or whether this old thing is indeed destined for the tip.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:58 am 
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I don't know what they're for, but it looks like they're deliberate, and not accidental or corrosion.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:09 am 
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I was just concerned that they were circular initially, but that the medal has been 'peeled back' somehow.
I can't imagine what would have caused it to peel back, but you see all sorts.....
I think the bikes originally came with rack, lights etc, so they could be mounting holes of some description - they just make me uneasy for some reason.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:42 am 
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Spare spoke holders?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:59 am 
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I didn't even know there was such a thing (as spare spoke holders) :shock:


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:42 am 
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I would suspect for dynamo cabling - from the seatstay down to the dropout and so along the mudguard stay to the rear light. It looks like a dynamo boss at the top of the seatstay.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:41 pm 
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Is the rear a dyno hub?


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:33 am 
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Bottom hole is for attaching the steel chain stay mudguard
The upper I believe was for a dynamo clamp that would mount a dynamo which ran against the tyre


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:41 am 
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Many thanks all - really appreciate it.

I am now confident that the integrity of the frame has not been compromised.

The big clean can continue :)


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:16 am 
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Wrong side for a chain guard :)


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