Just acquired a Mercian Road Bike


The Kings of Mercia is Mercian’s top of the line model, built with Reynolds lugged steel. This one is a touring model, complete with fender eyelets and rear rack eyelets. The lugs are outlined in white. Complete with it’s original fork and a Tange headset, as well as Campagnolo dropouts and fork ends. Overall, it’s a lovely high end English touring bicycle frame. Very good to great lightly used shape. The paint overall looks nice, though has some chips mostly on the rear triangle.

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Mercian has a stellar reputation in the UK as a real shop and as great frame builders. Given that their website is horrendously out of date I’d be.

Discussion boards hosted by Cycling UK. Quick links. Frame identity General cycling advice NOT technical! I bought the frame from the Gloucester bike project on e. A photo would help a great deal. Mercian have records of their serial numbers, and generally their numbers have three digits plus another two designating the year.

1963 Mercian King of Mercia

Photography: Daniel Stier. But then tandems do seem to invite adventures and accidents. I came off on the next corner and did pretty ghastly damage to my knee. It was an ambulance job. Smith is famous for his love of cycling, as well as another bike crash that, at the age of 17, changed the direction of his life and led him into fashion.

but bought up to date for modern roads with the finest handpicked components. Frame, Handcrafted Mercian frame and forks made from Reynolds tubing.

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The touring bike build #2 – steel frame

Riding a beautifully balanced, handmade, lugged steel frame is a pleasure that need not cost a fortune. And it’s one that’s getting more popular by the day as I look round the teeming streets of London. They’re almost becoming a fashion statement.

– Edgar King of Mercia and Northumbria becomes King of all England. – Westminster Abbey is founded – Northern Kings submit to Edgar at Chester.

King of Mercia. On a Sunny Thanksgiving Day ride, I decided to get some photos of the Mercian with FastBoy Fenders in place for Ezra, then got carried away and took a bunch of just the bike. This is without a doubt, my favorite bicycle. But don’t tell the other bikes, they will get jealous and demand glamor shots of their own. We can’t have the bikes calling all the shots, now can we Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world.

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Remember Me. If it’s an frame serial you are bound by its terms. Once it’s reached the reserve it will find it’s own price. Are you asking what it’s worth? Location On 3 Wheels. It’d cost a frame bit to make it worth more mercian you’d numbers best selling as is and let the next owner decide.

It is a 51 cm frame, so too small so I am willing to sell it. but because of With 6 cogs, your rear axle spacing is mm, and dates your frame to.

Side of head lugs and fork crown. Front of head lugs and head badge. Seat lug and top of seat stay. Unusual down tube transfer cascading. Fork crown identical to the model above. John Crump’s Mercian with long tangs added to the Nervex Professional lugs on the underside of top tube and down tube. He tells us the Mercian catalogue he owns does mention Super Bi-laminated on all lugs with 3″ extensions under all tubes.

A few notes on published sources and frame models will lend important background to Mercian history and point to lines of further enquiry. Of foremost interest to owners of older Mercians wishing to identify their machines is the fact that records for frames built before no longer exist; they are assumed to have been lost or discarded when Mercian moved shop in All sources agree that Mercian Cycles was founded in by Tom Crowther and Lou Barker, and that frame production started soon thereafter.

M was sold on 17 April – the oldest documented Mercian, its whereabouts unknown. Another Mercian, no. Identification of models without original documentation or first-hand knowledge of original specification can be tricky. Mercian has used many lug patterns and model names over the years, which sometimes correspond, but at other times do not.

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If there is one notable feature to the vintage lightweight racing bicycle market it is the variability of prices. Often, that is the result of a lack of market information. If somebody were to call a few people who deal in vintage lightweights, or perhaps ask a VRBN subscriber, then they would have a reasonable amount of market knowledge. Instead, many buyers and sellers enter the market only once – i.

Riding a beautifully balanced, handmade, lugged steel frame is a frame dating from the s, now being restored in the Mercian paintshop.

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Two tone paint. Appears to have only been ridden a handful of times. Excellent overall condition. Top tube 59 cm center to center. Seat tube 61 cm center to center. Head tube 21 cm.

A generally historicist turn in literary criticism went to an extreme in Richard North’s claim that Beowulf’s Wiglaf is a reference or homage to King Wiglaf of Mercia.

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Really enjoyed the write-up and pix plus the detail on the build. Helps me to appreciate all the more my recently acquired 80 Merc with its intact Campy components, all in great condition. Thanks for sharing. Jim Duncan. Your Superlight is wonderful.

Establishing date of manufacture: “Mercian frame numbering consists of the number of the frame built that year followed by the year of manufacture, sometimes.

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I have bought a secondhand mercian frame to be the base for my new touring build. Getting 2 forks with it — one in silver with higher rake to avoid toe overlap esp when using mudguards. The individual tubing and components for the frame are then set aside or ordered-in by a frame-builder and boxed ready for the build date. When the frame is ready for building, the frame-builder begins by filing the lugs; with skill and patience the lugs are cut and filed with hand-tools to create the cut-outs and intricate designs which make Mercian frames distinctive and beautiful.

The Vincitore lugs are crafted from plain lugs with spearpoints welded to the plain lugs then drilled, cut out and filed by hand for many hours to create the intricate distinctive look that is unique to a Mercian Vincitore Special. The Reynolds tubes are then carefully mitred and fitted into the lugs and placed against an alignment board where the builder can create the right angles for the frame.

Mercian Cycles. Classic Lightweights UK Restoration. In these cases examination of the frame number — mercian it is, what it is, and how it your, may be of ride.

Bikes on sale Sold bikes Please contact me at: hilarystone hilarystone. The Master was a development of the Nuovo Mexico which had been Colnago’s top model before. It had completely different lugs and a drastically changed tubing. This one is a 2nd gen Master dating from about with internal rear brake cable routing. It is thought that it isex Team Wordperfect bike… It is fitted with a Suntour Superbe Pro groupset… The bike is is in very good not heavily used condition but has quite a number of marks to the paint.

We built it up for a customer two years ago; he had it repainted at Argos in a classic blue red combination and we built it up with a mix of old and new parts — Stronglight 49D chainset, Suntour Cyclone GT gears, GB bars and stem, Brooks saddle, MKS quill pedals, Shimano cantilever brakes and wheels with Campag large flange Tipo hubs on Mavic MA2 clincher rims. He did not use it a lot and has now part-exchanged it back for us to build another frame up for him.

It has a real charm and the Super Champion gear gives it a very distinctive look. This Super Corsa frame dates from about —9 — the head lugs have the forward projections on the side that were removed from the head lug design around — This bike is an older restoration which I think uses all the original parts — it has Campagnolo Gran Sport rear gear and large flange Gran Sport hubs of the correct period, steel seatpost, Ideale 80 saddle, Cinelli steel bars and stem, no-name steel chainset with Simplex double rings and Universal Extra brakes.

Rims are probably Nisi. He quickly established a reputation as a Constructeur builder in France making not only frames but many parts as well.


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