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Old 12-20-06, 09:39 PM   #1
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Vintage Merlin??

Hi,

PLease see the attached link.

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/251687513.html[/EMAIL]

Is this same company as the modern Merlin?
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Old 12-20-06, 09:51 PM   #2
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Is this same company as the modern Merlin?
Probably not, as the "modern" Merlins are unobtainium...err TItanium!
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Old 12-21-06, 05:12 AM   #3
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Agree with Dr. D. Probably a small English Builder.
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Is this same company as the modern Merlin?
- definitely not, as the 'modern' Merlin wasn't in business then, IIRC... and AFAIK you wouldn't want an early 'modern' Merlin - something about the bottom brackets?
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Here's a shot of a friends, much older, Merlin. Definitely British, with a Sturmey Archer FM (med. ratio 4 spd.)



If the craftsmanship on the newer bike is anywhere near as nice as his, that bike's a steal at $200. I'd may that much for the frame if it fit me.
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Old 12-21-06, 05:56 PM   #6
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Here's a shot of a friends, much older, Merlin. Definitely British, with a Sturmey Archer FM (med. ratio 4 spd.)



If the craftsmanship on the newer bike is anywhere near as nice as his, that bike's a steal at $200. I'd may that much for the frame if it fit me.
That's a cool picture! Does your friend still have his?
If all goes well, the other Merlin will be mine tonight!

I must say, the anticipation is killing me!

May have to paint my Nottingham mixte for East Hill as satiation for my wife!
She still wants to know when she can park her car in the garage again.
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UPDATE!!
FENDER1 scored the Merlin for me tonight.
THANKS FENDER1!!!!!!! YOU DA MAN!
He also scored a Paramount and an early Specialized carbon for...$

D'oooh, Ill have to let him tell you!
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That's a cool picture! Does your friend still have his?
Believe it or not, that's his commuter. You should see his collection of nice bikes.
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Oh man! I wished I lived in Philly I would have scored that bike in a heartbeat. $200 is a STEAL.

That bike is a BOB JACKSON. Bob built bikes under the Merlin marquee in the UK. It is valueable!
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So I got the Merlin for Dr. Deltron and I am going to have a hard time shipping it away as it is beautiful and my size! But I promised him, so away it will go. The seller also sold me what looks to be a late 60's early 70's schwinn Paramount, nerverx lugs and mix of campy and suntour superb and Zeus componetry. I can't find a serial #. He also threw in a Specialized Allez lugged carbon fiber Epic with a full Shimano 600 group. I will try to post pic in a catch of the day thread later. Price for all three bikes is $240. A true christmas miracle!
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Fender..a Paramount and a Merlin + A speciallized Allez for $240?...NICE JOB! That is a major score. The Merlin alone is worth $600.
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Fender..a Paramount and a Merlin + A speciallized Allez for $240?...NICE JOB! That is a major score. The Merlin alone is worth $600.
D'oooh!

Don't say that 'till he ships it to me!
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Ship what? Bike? I ain't got no bikes! (Kidding ) The longer it stays the harder it is to leave! It truly is an amazing bike. As I have had some time to look at it the detail is incredible! Frame truly is a work of art.
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Ship what? Bike? I ain't got no bikes! (Kidding ) The longer it stays the harder it is to leave! It truly is an amazing bike. As I have had some time to look at it the detail is incredible! Frame truly is a work of art.
D'ooooh, don't SAAAY that!
Ship it NOOOOW!



And in light of this new arrival, I decided to let Mrs East Hill become the new (non abusive) owner of my Raleigh mixte!
Merlin (my 6-yr-old son) and I just finished taking it all apart so it can become RED, as per her specs!

Just all sorts of vintage bike happiness this holiday season!

BTW fender1, do you need either of those other 2 bikes painted? Throw them in the box & I'll do 'em up for ya! ....CHEAP!!

"What do you mean you'll take it? You can't do that! You have to haggle!"

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Oh sorry.....Dr D!

Well he also got what I think is a very rare Marc Mueller Elite Paramount....so it's graaavy.

Fender, If it were me...I'd take the Dr. up on Painting that Paramount. Seriously if it is truly an '80 Elite Paramount, then it's very collectable. I just restored a '72 paramount and the great thing about them is that they are chromium plate under the paint...so you can do the prep work (paint removal, lug masking) and then ship it off naked without worry of a rust haze forming. Once restored that bike could be worth $2K. (I got $1600 for mine and yours is probably more valueble)
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