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    Default Mercian Cycles

    Sadly not my picture (or bike!), but I've decided that 2011 is the year that I purchase my first hand made steel bike and I'm going to use Mercian for their heritage (and the fact that they're less than 20 miles away) - after being inspired by this:



    Have been agonising for ages on their online frame builder (Frame Builder - but be warned its addictive!). Think I'm settled on the following now (with a modern retro build - Athena, red CK hubs on silver Open Pros etc):




    What do you think?
     

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    Love Mercian bikes, especially their signature barber-pole paint on the seat tube. When I was looking for an all-rounder frame, DBRK recommended Mercian as a "local" alternative. I went with Co-Motion since I got a good deal on one of their stock frames, but a recommendation from the good Dr. Brooks is high praise indeed!! Good luck with the new bike and pics please when it arrives!

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    Default Re: Mercian Cycles

    Ditto on their framebuilder widget being highly addictive. I think a lot of builders' sites should incorporate something similar. Really helps when choosing paint. I've been giving Mercian and Bob Jackson a good hard look as of late because I'm thinking of buying a traditional British club racer. IF's frame sparked my imagination, but I wanted something lugged, and well British. With Mercian, the hard part has been trying to figure out which model frame would be most appropriate, as they don't get much into the geos. Don't want something with too touring-like but would like something that won't beat me up after a day in the saddle.

    Any thoughts on the subject?

    bencolem, can you give us some background on the model and geo?
     

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    Default Re: Mercian Cycles

    I'm likely going to buy a Mercian in 2011. Just a work horse Audax Special.

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    Default Re: Mercian Cycles

    dbh

    Mercian's frame builder widget is a bit of a misnomer when it comes to sizing as they'll build the frame custom to your sizing. I had a fitting for a Serotta a few years ago and basically use that as a template for all bikes. I'm fancying the Vincitore Special in 853 Pro-Team with mudguard eyelets and internal top tube cable routing - something like this:






    But haven't ordered it yet; still fussing over colour scheme!

    Will probably ride over next Saturday - happy to ask the guys any questions for you!

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Mercian Cycles

    Get something like this.

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    Nah; Too much chrome. :)
    Just kidding of course.
     

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    My first adult road bike was a Mercian KOM 531c complete with the barber stripe seattube. Nuovo Record and Victory mix with wolber rims and barum sewups. The frame and fork hang on the wall in my bike room. My next bike was a black and red Raleigh 753 with almost the same geometry but completely different ride.
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    Default Re: Mercian Cycles

    I bought this frame and fork in 2000 from a LBS that had quite a few Mercian frames at the time. They sold them all. No more left.

    This is a 19782 Vincitore.






    1970's Catalogue

    Lache pas la patate

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    We have a Mercian tandem from 1978 or so...I've had it for about 10 of those years. I left most everything alone, but converted it to Campy 9 speed to get ergopower (I think that is nearly essential for a tandem). To make the switch, I got a Phil Wood rear cassette hub which accomodates the old Phil disc brake and is sort of Campy compatible. I'll try to take some pics. Mercian is a great time capsule. I have no idea how they offer their frames at such low prices.
     

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    My 2005 build Mercian Audax Custom
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    Default Re: Mercian Cycles

    I was going to post this under a new thread: "Bikes I was too stupid to keep." Rode this one for a bit, then sold it. Wish I hadn't. In hindsight, it was a nearly perfect bicycle.

    Mercian.jpeg
     

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