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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 12:45 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Recently acquired a Yellow Merlin road bike- looks 70's. does anyone know anything about them ? Can find no serial numbers or markings...


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 10:27 pm 
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No idea at all on 'Merlin'. Any other markings on the frame? What tubing does it use?


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 8:17 am 
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My road bikes have the serial number on the rear dropouts.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 8:16 pm 
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I own a Merlin road bike as well. They were built by Mercian and sold in the mercian catalogue They are rare as hens teeth. Built out of reynolds 531 tubing. Paint job was the thing with these frames, nice and thick with a good coat of lacquer. The chromed fork and chainstay ends were a nice touch too but an extra.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:38 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Don't know if this will work, but should give you a picture;
http://picasaweb.google.com/JDA.Hancock/BikeStuff/photo#5074564553925024610
it has the chrome fork ends and rear, wish the paintwork was a bit tidier... It's too small for me- if it's of use to anyone, let me know, it's just taking up space at the mo!

Joe


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 7:34 pm 
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There was a frame builder down south went under the name Merlin.

Jenny who I rode with in the Manchester Students MTB club about 92-93 had a Merlin road iron. Beautifully hand-lined lugwork and chrome a-plenty too as I recall.

Nothing to do with Merlin the cheap MTB company or Merlin the titanium high end frame manufacturer though.

EDITED.

Oh so Mercian made them did they?

What do you want for it? Looks about my size.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 8:43 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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um.. make me an offer!

from memory it's a 56cm top tube, 56cm seat tube ;-) can do more pics if you want

Joe


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Merlin was a Bob Jackson brand name, long before the US titanium brand. He also used to sell frames with JRJ badging.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 4:20 pm 
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Just checking the VW camperfest pic on eviljoes link - do the bikes go on the roof or the rear cos theyre gonna play havoc with the lambswool/walnut/leather.
And a bottle of Piper sitting waiting too! ........luck be a lady tonite!


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