I was given this bike by a family friend who had hung up his cycle clips for the last time, and this coincided with my holiday plans for this year: to cycle the gravel tracks of the New Forest. The bike has been built up with touring bars, fatter tyres and new Shimano Tiagra gears, ready for the slightly rougher terrain it's about to cover.
I've also rebuilt a British Eagle 531-framed bike for my Mrs so that her road bike doesn't get a hammering and today we took them out for their first trip - a 45 mile jaunt from Cambridge to Ely and back on the Lodes Way. I'm pleased to report that nothing fell off or went wrong, just mile after mile of smooth steel-framed riding.
Here are a couple of pics of the Mercian.IMG_5822_3_4_tonemappedsm
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It's perhaps not what Mercian had in mind when the bike was made but it'll be perfect for its intended purpose. I'll post a few pics of it in the beautiful surrounds of the New Forest, along with its British Eagle counterpart!