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 Post subject: '61 "King of Mercia"
PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 6:53 am 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:48 pm 
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A good project, it looks like a smaller frame.

Here's a nice report of a restoration of an older frame: http://fixedgearwales.blogspot.com/2009 ... frame.html & http://fixedgearwales.blogspot.com/search?q=rust except he fixed geared it which I'm not into but I like the rest of the article though I'd be more for an authentic restoration, it may work just fine.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:01 pm 
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Ah, a Mercian King of Mercia.

Very high quality touring frame. Mercian still make these.

Nothing will be too good for it.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:55 am 
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Blue King or Campy Record?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:16 am 
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Thanks for the article, FemtoMetre. It's always an adventure! I'm not going to repaint this Mercian, as I like its antique appearance too much. It is a 55cm, which is 2-3cm too large for me, so I am building it as an upright bike.

chris667, it rides beautifully... like nothing else I've ever tried. (I had the chance to use it quite a bit when it still belonged to the previous owner. He had it set up as a single-speed beater/utility bike.)


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:07 pm 
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f wrote:
I am stuck on the choice of headset.

Chromed steel. My '56 Mercian came with its original Brampton Alatet:

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?p=288747

but a steel Nuovo Record would look the part if you can find one, and there's nothing wrong with a Tange Levin at an eighth of the price. A blue King would be a crime against taste in my view ... but it's your bike.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 4:56 pm 
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Remember also that people at the time it was new rode the biggest frame they could swing a leg over.
SO it's probably the right size for you. :D


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:08 pm 
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I really can't see why you would want a blue headset in this bike :shock: Or why anyone would ever want a blue headset on any bike for that matter.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 6:36 am 
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some parts. NIB 2002-2006, when Campy still made Record triple and Record was available polished rather than black/carbon. (I may choose a different front derailleur without the black knuckle.) The QRs are not included in the photo... as they will not be used.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 6:48 am 
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eff, i have a record head set if you are interested??


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