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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:54 am 
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On close inspection the plastic cable guide has a Raleigh logo on it. I am thinking about drilling out the rivet to reveal the frame number.
My best guess is that this bike was originally sold as a bare frame some time in the early 80's and kitted out by the local bike shop with
Campag parts etc and it may be that the earlier rear mech was supplied at that time. I understand that the Spidal gear shifters came into 'fashion'
around about then being a superior design to the Campag items


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:27 am 
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My Mercian (a 1956) had its serial number stamped on the left rear dropout, and a matching number on the steerer. The format was two digits for the year, then three more digits - though apparently the format could vary.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:07 pm 
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Initial problem solved !

I drilled out the rivet securing the b/b cable guide and found the number underneath.

It is number 54679 which makes it a 1979 frame.

I will contact Mercian with this number to see what information they can give me


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:13 pm 
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Ooooh, 1979 :). A classic vintage year for bikes (like wine).

Shaun


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:58 pm 
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If the last two digits represent the year, can someone help explain this number "0526" frame number on a Mercian?

Can't be 1926?

Pictures below to help... hopefully

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 6:01 pm 
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Is that a lugless frame? Amy more pics of the frame as Mercian were usually lugged


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:37 pm 
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Sorry here are a couple more

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 12:12 am 
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dyslexic_idoit wrote:
If the last two digits represent the year, can someone help explain this number "0526" frame number on a Mercian?

Can't be 1926?

Pictures below to help... hopefully

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frame_number.jpg


0526 would mean it was the 526th frame to be built that calender year.

My Mercian is 012696 so it would indicate fairly early 1996 (they make about 25-30 frames a week as far as I know)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/otherself ... ateposted/


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:39 am 
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I'm a child of the 70's and that frame looks older than that with the design, seat clip, dropouts etc. 1940's and 1950's perhaps. Maybe their frame numbering was different then? I'd ask Mercian


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