It's about time I shared my (Not a) Mercian Audax with the wider world.
Funds did not allow me to get the frame properly refinished hence the 'Dulux Special' was born. Yes I took my brush and some paint left over from one a customers front door (Dulux italian red if you must know) and painted it by hand- only after stripping and undercoating, I do have some standards. I know it deserves better and one day I will get done 'properly' but I was quite pleased with the results and found it quite enjoyable doing it.
I had to buy the wheelset, levers, uniglide cassette and bar tape. The rest of the components were either already with the bike when I bought it or what I had in the spares box. That's why the cables are different colours. The saddle had been in my sock draw your ages just waiting to be bolted onto something worthy.
The frame was designed to run 27" wheels, it has 700c wheels now and I was lucky the xt mc70 canti's it came with had enough scope to reach low enough to work- most canti's wouldn't.
The cartridge bottom bracket was well and truly stuck and the previous owner had rounded off the teeth in the cups trying to remove it. I tried various methods to shift but with no teeth (the bb not me) it was proving futile. I used caustic soda in the end which worked a treat, I was refinishing frame any so what the heck?
The ride is sweet and comfortable as you would expect from 531 ST tubing.
I may plop some racks/guards on it and do some light touring next year- hopefully I will have knocked the frame around enough to justify sending it off to Mercian for a respray
oh and the lug lining I did with a permanent marker. I'll be first against the wall when the retrobike revolution happens.
'I was feeling muscular and compact, like corned beef'
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