Hercules Hunter Fixed-Gear Summer Commuter https://raleightwenty.webs.com/apps/photos/ Hercules Hunter Fixed-Gear Summer Commuter The Hunter Hunter. I lover the macho model name of this bike - originally designed for little ladies to go to the shops on!!! The colour is also fab, but lost in the photos. It's a rich blue with a hint of turquoise. I've built it with speedy commuting in mind. It's six miles each way, with one stiff climb in each direction. https://raleightwenty.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204286607 204286607 Hercules Cycles Raleigh's badge engineering of their parts-bin special! The Hunter did not originally have a head badge. There was some kind of transfer which always seems to be missing. This head badge is from another Raleigh-made Hercules model from the same period. https://raleightwenty.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204286608 204286608 H-20 SS "H-20 SS" - Hercules Twenty Single Speed. Single speed Twenty variants were only sold in small numbers, as a cheaper alternative to the better equipped versions. The SS Twenty usually had no stand or rack. https://raleightwenty.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204286609 204286609 2 1/2 brake levers! The right lever is a dummy, fitted as a hand hold only. I've chopped the blade down so that it doesn't rattle. The left drop lever operates the front brake, and an additional cross-top lever is fitted. This allows braking from tops, hoods or drops riding positions. The cross-top is handy in traffic, although being fixed gear, the brake is almost redundant. 38 cm bars are great when lane splitting. I normally ride 42 cm. https://raleightwenty.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204286610 204286610 Palk strut. The lightest, stiffest, safest route to my lofty 790 mm saddle height is to add an extension tube and supporting strut. The little strut is steel tube cut from a scrap clothes drying rack. The extension tube is Reynolds 531 steel, and was once the seat tube of a Carlton Corsair touring bike. https://raleightwenty.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204286611 204286611 I Heart Vintage Shimano 1970s Dura-Ace 52T ring. Late '80s Shimano 600 cranks. 1998 A-515 pedals. It's all favourite kit that features on several of my bikes. Light, reliable, and nice looking. https://raleightwenty.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204286612 204286612 More Vintage Shimano This Tourney 72S caliper dates from 1981, and features a clever mechanism behind the arms which synchronizes the action. I've fitted Dura-Ace cartridge brake pads. No QR is necessary, as the 28 mm tyre passes through the brake blocks https://raleightwenty.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204286645 204286645 Fixed gear System EX cartridge-bearing track hubs, KMC 3/32" track chain, Halo 16T sprocket and lock ring. With the 52T ring I get a 66" gear. I don't want it any higher, as the climb on the way home from work is 14% gradient. https://raleightwenty.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204286613 204286613 What's it worth? The bike is worth at least 10p! The coin is permanently brazed to the top of my stem extension. The 1" extension tube was cut from a scrap dining chair. Some of my cycling buddies think the entire bike is a load of old scrap! https://raleightwenty.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204286614 204286614 Mods and rockers Frame and fork mods: BB narrowed and re-threaded to BSA standard. Stays spread for 120 mm OLN. Drop-outs filed to accept 10 mm spindle and re-set parallel. Head tube shortened (for Aheadset), reamed and faced. Fork spread to 100 mm OLN. Fork ends filed to accept 9 mm spindle and re-set parallel. Fork offset reduced by 15 mm. Chain-guard mount removed. Head badge added. https://raleightwenty.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204286713 204286713