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 Post subject: Late 70's Mercier
PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:51 pm 
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Location: Chez Vegas, Derbyshire
Just bought a late 70's Mercier as a winter project. I'm aiming to upgrade it using parts that were around in the 70's. I've already started by aquiring a ideale leather saddle and Stronglight 93bis chainset and am after a matching Normandy Hub for the back wheel.

Current spec as follows:

Frame: 28/26 steel

Bar Tape: kermit green

Brake Levers/Brifters: Mafac
Brake Calipers: Mafac

Shifters: Simplex
Front Derailleur: Simplex
Rear Derailleur: Sachs Huret Eco Mk11

Cassette: 5 speed

Cranks: Solida

Pedals: Lyotard

Rims: Lyotard on the Front, Nisi on the back
Hubs: Normandy Luxe on the front - non descript on the back
Hub Skewers: Maillard

Tyres: Rather crusty Hutchinsons

Saddle: Selle Royal Course

Weight: Quite a bit but not as heavy as some.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:51 pm 
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Location: Chez Vegas, Derbyshire
This is the bike:

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:04 pm 
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Joined: Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:46 pm
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Location: Montpellier, France
Here it is:

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It looks to be very clean, nice bike. I've just bought a similar one and hope to get it as clean as yours! Then we can start a Mercier thread. Mine is a sort of gunmetal colour - I'm not extrovert enough for Poulidor pink...


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:32 pm 
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Location: Scarborough
That's frenchtastic. Simplex RD to complete the box set:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NOS-Classic-S ... 58909258b6 ?

Keep the pictures coming :D


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:31 pm 
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Location: London
Nice!


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 4:06 pm 
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Location: Chez Vegas, Derbyshire
Just taken some photo's of my Mercier now I've bolted a few replacement bits on it. Amongst them are:

Stronglight TS bis Chainset with Lyotard pedals and Afa toeclips.
Velo Orange French Bottom Bracket
MAFAC Racer brakes
Beleri Handlebars + new tape
Huret Success shifters

I've a pair of Maillard hubs and a Maillard 700 freewheel on its way from t'eBay France and I'm going to build some new wheels as the front steel rim is a bit to exiting for me to ride down some of the Peak District decents on.

I'm tempted by a rather nice Peugeot Super Competition frame that I've seen and can't make my mind whether to buy that and put all the bits on this bike on it.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 4:07 pm 
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Location: Chez Vegas, Derbyshire
Sorry that I'm useless at posting photo's. I'll have to get my head round it !!


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 4:41 pm 
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Location: wellingborough
very nice shade of green to boot , cant beet good steel bike dont care what others say


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 Post subject: French bits
PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 4:32 pm 
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Location: Warks
I have a mint Shimano 600 arabesque crankset with French pedal threads and a pair of Lyotard quill pedals, also nice pair of sprints with Pelissier rear hub and large flange Shimano 600 front, tubs all good and holding air, and a couple of atom freewheels should anyone feel the need...? :)


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:16 am 
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Location: Cumbria
Any pics of the Shimano wheels......?

Looking for some wheels for the pink bike in the background....

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... highlight=

Happy new year

Shaun


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