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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:00 pm 
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Hello, this is my first post but I've been watching this site for a little while now.

I bought this 1990 Mercian this weekend. I wanted a steel winter bike, and I also wanted a Mercian.

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My plan is to have it resprayed at Mercian and upgrade the groupset. It's got six speed Shimano Exage kit at the minute and this is original. The chainset is 53-42 with a 14-25 cassette.

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I'm not sure whether to keep it retro and upgrade to 90's Campag Super Record with downtube shifters or bring it up to date with a Shimano Tiagra or 105 groupset.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:36 pm 
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Nice bike, the paintwork looks fine - does it need a respray?


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:49 pm 
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It's not desperate for a respray but I guess I'd like it to look as smart as possible eventually. It rides well as it is and I think I need to increase the gear range first!


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:55 pm 
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When you say 'increase' do you mean improve?

My new bike has a compact set-up and, to me, seems under-geared but the guy in the LBS says i should try and put up with it during the winter and then when the sun comes (god knows when that will be) change the chainrings and cassette to something higher.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:56 pm 
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Welcome to the site - that's a lovely bike. I'd go for the first of the options you mentioned for the upgrade... Don't you like the colour of the bike? What's the reason for wanting a respray?


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:36 pm 
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Welcome to the site - that's a lovely bike. I'd go for the first of the options you mentioned for the upgrade... Don't you like the colour of the bike? What's the reason for wanting a respray?

Thanks Rich. The photos don't show where the paint has been touched up, but I am having second thoughts about how important a respray is.


TGR wrote:
When you say 'increase' do you mean improve?

My new bike has a compact set-up and, to me, seems under-geared but the guy in the LBS says i should try and put up with it during the winter and then when the sun comes (god knows when that will be) change the chainrings and cassette to something higher.


I'd like to change the inner ring to a 39 and, if it will take it, put a 7 speed 12-25 block on.


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It's not desperate for a respray but I guess I'd like it to look as smart as possible eventually. It rides well as it is and I think I need to increase the gear range first!

Hope you have a spare £300 for it to be resprayed at Mercian!

Too many people restore bikes to such a high spec they dare not ride it any more :roll: Upgrade the mechanics then do ride her.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:11 pm 
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Even if you have Mercian do the respray, Mercian will add a nice 'Renovated' 531 sticker and after that if you ever wanted to sell, the purists won't touch it with a barge pole.

Its only original once :)


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:51 pm 
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Thanks for the comments guys. The respray's been put on the back burner, I'll start looking for a nice groupset now :)


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:33 pm 
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i also bought a Mercian this weekend and wow its great


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