PAGE 8. Cyclemaster Roundsman

Cyclemaster Roundsman on Hercules Delivery Cycle

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We haven’t quite finished restoring the Roundsman yet. It’s up and running and looking good. But its sign is yet to be fitted, as are the rear number plate and various accessories. I couldn’t wait any longer before sharing it with you, so you’ll be able to observe our progress …and it will be ready by the time I take the Cyclemaster Museum on the road to various shows this summer.

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This Hercules Delivery Bicycle was restored by my friend Rob Dobie; the Cyclemaster engine was restored by Ray Dowling of Leicester. Putting the two together was not as simple as it might seem.

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The original Roundsman was a Mercury delivery bicycle, as illustrated in the article below. As I’ve seen plenty of Cyclemasters fitted to other delivery cycles, I wondered whether there was any difference between them and the Mercury.

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I discovered that because delivery bicycles are built with a stronger frame, the width of the rear wheel is slightly wider. So we had to adjust this for the Cyclemaster wheel to fit.

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I’ll add more pictures of the Roundsman after we’ve had time to do more to it. The following page of the Cyclemaster Museum has the history of the Hercules bicycle company.

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