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 Post subject: Re: Mercian Ebay Fever
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:01 pm 
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You should keep it of course bugloss!

I have just checked my frame number which is 734 76, which I take to mean the 734th frame made in 1976.

I too will admit that I really know very little about Mercians, in fact I have never ridden one - hopefully I'll be able to rectify that in a few weeks' time but doing the research during the build is one of the bits that makes all this so interesting!


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 Post subject: Re: Mercian Ebay Fever
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:03 pm 
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I found another here;
http://www.flickriver.com/photos/229836 ... 093233816/

No braze on shifters but cable guides on the top of the BB shell. The one I've got looks like this.
I wonder if it could be earlier than 1974.

I must admit the angles do look a lot more relaxed than yours are as Shaun suggested.


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 Post subject: Re: Mercian Ebay Fever
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:12 pm 
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Yes, mine is much more like the one on that link - it's the same year I think. Perhaps yours is older. I think that Mercian can tell you this information although I believe that there is a charge for this nowadays as they have so many enquiries.


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 Post subject: Re: Mercian Ebay Fever
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:16 pm 
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Are your rear stays a straight as the ones in photographs ? I think they look fantastic with almost no taper.


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 Post subject: Re: Mercian Ebay Fever
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:24 pm 
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I have riden a few Mercians in my time and it's no secret I have a soft spot for them :) They were always elegant, neat and not agressive. There was a rumour that Reynolds had specially thin rear triangle stays made for Mercian :) Sadly not true.....

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 Post subject: Re: Mercian Ebay Fever
PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:14 am 
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How about that front derailleur cabling Shaun, Is that a 70's detail ?


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 Post subject: Re: Mercian Ebay Fever
PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:03 pm 
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The little bit of cable for the front mech needing a cable stop on the front mech went out in the very early 70's as front mechs arrived with just a bolt for the bare cable..........The frame could therefore be very early 70's or before. By 1974 when I was working I don't recall any new frames being built with a cable stop like yours.

That wouldn't stop someone from asking for one if they were having the frame built though....

If we fitted new front mechs to old frames we just threw the cable under the bottom bracket or used a band on cable guide.

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 Post subject: Re: Mercian Ebay Fever
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 4:41 pm 
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bugloss wrote:
How about that front derailleur cabling Shaun, Is that a 70's detail ?


I'd say it was more like a 60's detail. The cable stop built into the Campag Record front mech dissappeared early 60's I think.


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 Post subject: Re: Mercian Ebay Fever
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 5:02 pm 
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It's hanging in the shed now and the frame number is 60874 with a No. 5 stamped on its own. the number is on the left side of the BB shell.

I guess the No.5 is the frame builders ID number. Nice looking frame and the lugs are exquisite. Quite heavy though, but that might be the lump of Brooks saddle.

It's got a v2 Nuovo Record rear derailleur stamped "PATTENT" no date suffix '68-'69


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 Post subject: Re: Mercian Ebay Fever
PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:50 am 
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If you haven't already, it would be well worth emailing Mercian:

http://www.merciancycles.co.uk/contact-us

With the frame numbers they will give you the builder's name and all the details. One of the few surviving companies that are still very helpful with their older models.


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