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  • Mercian welded frame - 1953
    below Although the frame had braze ons for gears the rear ends were only 105mm so I could only squeeze in and it was a squeeze a four speed block to go with the Simplex Tour de France gear Again it rides beautifully Frame Mercian welded frame number 4953 1949 road ends 24 to top of top tube 24 to top of clamp 23 top tube 17 chainstays 74 head 72 seat brazed on down tube Simplex gear lever boss plus BB pulley and cable eye on chainstay brake eyes under top tube pump pegs rear nearside of seat tube grease nipple BB mudguard eyes on ends Forks oval to round with 2 rake Original finish copied by Mario Vaz Wheels 27 Weinmann rims on Bayliss Wiley SF hubs 15 17 DB spokes Chainset Chater Lea steel 6 chainset with round cranks and 46 x 3 32 chainring Pedals Lyotard with Christophe toeclips and straps Gears Simplex Tour de France 4 speed with Simplex braze on lever with wing nut adjuster 4 speed block 15 24 teeth Brakes GB Coureur front and rear brake with early Superhood levers white cables Stem Bars GB alloy spearpoint stem 3 with GB Maes

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/bikes/mercianwelded.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Mercian - 1954 (ex-Dave Keeler)
    and Campag Gran Sport matchbox front Brakes GB Coureur with early Superhood levers Stem Bars Titan steel stem with Titan Maes bars with engraved ferrule Saddle Brooks B17 Narrow Extra details This machine was owned by Dave Keeler of the Vegetarian C A C It was built for him by Mercian in 1954 with Paris Roubaix rear ends He used it for much of his time trialling until at least

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/merciandk.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Mercian Vincitore 1958
    ten page article on the then very recent breaking of the Land s End to John o Groat s end to end record by Dave Keeler It is a very detailed account with good photographs and very unusually for the era much is made of the cycle he used and it was my size I wondered where this cycle was now and this led me to quite remarkably locating it in 3 hours from reading this article Surely a miracle Dave Keeler had sold the machine in 1960 but couldn t remember to whom all he could remember was that he was a member of the North Road CC and that he lived in the village of Kimpton A remarkable fluke he was still a NRCC member and was still riding the machine I then had an eight year wait until I was able to acquire the frame but it was worth it Wrap over seat stays indicate the second version of the Vincitore Close up of Paris Roubaix gear which Dave used to have low friction in the gear drive The features that make it special What is most special is that as late as 1958 Dave Keeler chose to use a Campagnolo Paris Roubaix gear Its second owner the man who had bought it in 1960 had long ago removed that gear filed the teeth off the Paris Roubaix drop outs and had used it as his touring mount Upon acquiring it the third owner went about a no expense spared restoration that included finding an un used set of the original drop outs and a gear and having them re fitted It is now back to the way it was on that fateful day in 1958 all except on thing The original colour of the machine was

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/bikes/avt-mercian-rb.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Mercian 1958 Tom Crowther
    with 17T sprocket Brakes GB Superhood lever with Weinmann 500 caliper Stem Bars Titan stem with GB bars Saddle Brooks B17 Champion Flyer with Reynolds seatpost Extra details This 1958 Mercian was made for Tom Crowther It has been suggested to me that this may be the earliest example of what was to become Mercians Superlight lugset The bike is in original very good condition I don t think it

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/bikes/mercian-penfold-rb.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Mercian 1968
    drilled with provision for a front brake 39 wheelbase 16 chainstays 11 bottom bracket height Wheels The 700c sprint wheels are ex Tony Doyle featuring Campag Record hubs Mavic Argentino rims chrome db spokes tied soldered Schwalbe Stelvio dual compound tubs Wheels due to be replaced with period Nisi rims and more suitable gearing is also on the list of jobs Chainset Stronglight 49D short 165mm track cranks TA 59t

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/bikes/mercian-parkes-rb.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Mercian Super Vigorelli track 1976
    chainring 49 x 1 8 Pedals Shimao SPD Gears Single speed fixed Brakes N A in this image single front can be fixed for road use Stem Bars Cinelli Pista bars on Cinelli XA alloy stem Saddle Brooks B17 Swallow on Campag twin bolt alloy seat post Extra details Original finish is as purchased from Mercian in 1976 I first saw this machine a few years ago and fell in love with it I lost track of the owner but recently made contact and he was willing to sell knowing it would be kept and looked after For some reason he had hand painted over the front forks with red paint and I spent hours carefully working it back to the original colour Allen key fitting for seat post clamp on seat lug is Imperial 7 32 as is found on some early machines before metric became the norm This is one of my Fixie indulgences and not constrained by the sites normal parameters I can get away with it being the boss Above Campagnolo twin bolt seatpin clamp Left and right two details of imaculate paintwork by Mercian I cannot imagine trying to mask up the barber s pole

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/bikes/mercian-track-pu-rb.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Meridian
    reinforced fork crown built by Bill Philbrook for Dave Creasy Polhill R C and VC Londres Wheels Milremo sprint rims on Campagnolo large flange Record hubs Chainset Magistroni steel cottered cranks with 50 44 rings Pedals Early Campagnolo Strada made for steel cranks Gears Campagnolo Gran Sport front and rear Regina 15 to 24 block Brakes Universal Type 51 Stem Bars Cinelli steel stem and bars Saddle Customised Brooks B17 on Campagnolo twin bolt alloy seat pin Extra details Campagnolo cable clips and pump umbrella Silica pump and REG bottle cage Meridian Cycles was owned by Pete Benedict The first advert for the Meridian appeared in a 1957 copy of the Sporting Cyclist with the address given as 15 Trafalgar Road Greenwich but they later operated from larger premises at 11 Sutherland Road in Forest Hill which featured a genuine Italian coffee bar called Cafe Caparno The Meridian along with the Grandini was South London s answer to the Cinelli Super Corsa and Fiorelli and Bianchi The Grandini drop outs were offered as an alternative to ones made by Campagnolo This frame has gone through many refurbishments and has decals with the Youngs of Lewisham address put on after they

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/bikes/meridian-clarke-rb.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Merlin cycles - Freeman
    16 wheelbase 40 Wheels Bayliss Wiley 32 40 with Dunlop special Lightweight rims 26 x 1 and Michelin tyres Huret wingnuts Chainset Duprat fluted steel cottered 46T Pedals Lyotard Gears Single speed fixed 16 20T Brakes GB Stem Bars GB alloy girder stem with Merlin Triumph bars Saddle Brooks B15N laced Extra details Apex pump and Bluemels Popular mudguards Purchased from UK in 2006 and restored here in our paint

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/bikes/merlin-freeman-rb.html (2016-02-09)
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