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    Mercian Triple conversion

    After building this bike up I figured it was built weird. Long 41 inch wheelbase coupled with some Weinmann concave rims...Super Record was a little stupid...So I converted it to a triple. I have been waiting for a frame worthy of this drivetrain.


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    nice build, red and tan color scheme always works well.

    i've always thought that derailleur was pretty cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by mapleleafs-13 View Post
    nice build, red and tan color scheme always works well.

    i've always thought that derailleur was pretty cool
    The gold lettering helps too! It looks like Gold leaf
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    It is a gorgeous bike, just oozes class.
    My bikes - 1950`s Criterium (French) - 1972 Schwinn Paramount P13-9 - 1980`s Guerciotti - 1994 Trek 930
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    btw, that volkswagon beetle doesn't belong on that shelf

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    It looks great. You need screws for the dropouts though.


    Quote Originally Posted by mapleleafs-13 View Post
    btw, that volkswagon beetle doesn't belong on that shelf
    Looks like the "Repo Man" is backing up to it now.
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    @jjhabbs - So, how do you like the way it shifts & rides so far? I'm thinking of going this exact route with my Grandis. I have the RD and everything else save the triplizer chain ring for the crank set. How do you like it compared to what you had before, shifting-wise?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
    @jjhabbs - So, how do you like the way it shifts & rides so far? I'm thinking of going this exact route with my Grandis. I have the RD and everything else save the triplizer chain ring for the crank set. How do you like it compared to what you had before, shifting-wise?
    Well. Honestly. You don't put that group on a bike for the best performance. The best performing triple vintage combo in my opinion is the Suntour cyclone/ Sugino AT set up.

    Its like driving a 57 Chevy stock and expecting it to perform well. I set it up to be vintage/ period correct and gosh it looks cool doesn't it. The super Record had shifted well for what it is. The Rally is a little slower shift. Surprisingly the Super record front derailleur shifts well with the triple. Keep in mind that the granny isn't very small.. Its a 36/45/54. Happy building..lets see pics.
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