Mercian Hubs and pedals
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By way of an update on progress with my Mercian project, here are a couple of snaps of some of the components that I hope to use; apologies for the rubbish photos. I was impressed with the quality of a pair of Suntour Superbe brake levers that I bought from a forum member, so started looking for other bits; the Suntour pedals are a rather tatty pair from Ebay that have cleaned up pretty well and adding a washer to pack out the sealed bearing meant I could say goodbye the misery of bearing chrunchiness - the chrome on the spindles is mostly gone though so I'll need to keep them clean.
I couldn't resist the Royce hubs, again from EBay, time will tell whether they were a good buy that they came in well under my budget for Campag Record so I was happy to take a chance. Again these are beautifully made and have cleaned up nicely. I think that these may be track hubs but the 120mm rear hub seems to fit the Mercian's 122mm spacing with a 5-speed block fitted so I expect that it will be fine - if not I'll need a track frame for my next project. They are 28 hole hubs so I will be a little limited as to the choice of rims but I am currently favouring Halo Retros with Halo skewers although Mavic Open Pro might be an option unless I can turn up any '70s rims in the meantime.
I am a little undecidied as to which derailleurs to use. The front mechs are both, or perhaps neither, various flavours of Campag Record, or at least one of them is. For the rear, I have a choice between an N Record Pat84 or a Suntour Cyclone MkII...I am currently considering the older model front mech with the pierced frame with the Cyclone - which will probably be the lightest option....the Pat84 has cleaned up beautifully though and would look smashing! It's going to be a difficult choice!