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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:41 pm 
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Tomorrow morning I will parting with some hard earned cash, but it will be made all the easier as im buying my first Mercian!!!
To say i'm exited is a understatement :D , i've got some nice Campagnolo parts that ill be swapping to add to its beauty.
Here are some pictures of it below ill be adding more pictures once its been cleaned and polished:

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Ill keep you posted

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:52 pm 
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lucky! it looks like a really nice bike that will last a lifetime! That stem fills me with fear though!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:55 pm 
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very nice


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:56 pm 
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Class :)

Sorry to harp on again about Mercian / Woodrup / Bob Jackson / Harry Quinn etc. but step back 35 years plus and to this day they made some very nice frames. Always crisp, clean and a joy to work with.

I'll leave Quinn aside but they never "sold out" their name to make money selling shoddy frames on the back of their names... Mercian always looked very elegant, look at the fork rake, just a gentle sweep :)

A thing of beauty is a joy forever as they say :)

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:08 pm 
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Thanks for the great comments, got the bike home today, Looks even better in the flesh!! its stripped down now for a clean and polish, then ill be away,

More pics to follow :D :D :D :D :D

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:38 pm 
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Update:

The Mercian was built in 1998,

Ive split the bike down and cleaned/polished all the parts,

At the moment the running gear is all Shimano RX100 16 speed, but id like to fit it up running all Campagnolo, my question is can anybody give some advise on what age relevant Campagnolo parts would/ could be fitted to the bike.

Any advise would be great,

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:16 pm 
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I'd say Campagnolo Record 9 Speed would be the period correct choice for a frame that age, if you want to go for top end stuff of the time.

Some of their modern groups still look nice, too, e.g. Athena in silver finish.

Classic 1970's-80's Super Record would look good too.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:56 pm 
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I'd go with post-2001 Campag 9 speed. Sourcing the ergos and rear mech is much simpler that way. Avoid anything with carbon on it, and personally I'd stick with square taper chainset. It's all pretty timeless stuff and won't jar with the frame.

Try to get Record hubs and headset, they have the little grease ports and need almost zero maintenance as regreasing them also purges the bearings.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:41 pm 
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Does anybody have any pictures of the Campagnolo components listed above?

Neil


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:00 pm 
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I love my Mercian, so nice to ride and so cool to look at,

Im a lucky chap :D :D :D :D :D

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