Bought this bike yesterday, the owner telling me it was a Mercian.
But I suspect it to be a Falcon....
Williams is/was an LBS in Cheltenham who sometimes built bespoke bikes for their customers.
This one is 1971/72 with 1400 miles from new and immaculate, just a little dusty.
531 22" frame, fully loaded, has specially imported bars for the owner who had a back problem, but original Sakae Randdner drop bars/GB stem are with it.
Has Shimano 600 group set, but Weinmann Vainqueur centre pulls/levers.
Sanyo BB mounted light set, new pair of Michelin 32-630 Sports tyres. (Fitted today)
And a lovely, big vintage bell!!
Great bicycle, but is it Mercian or Falcon?
I suspect the latter.
Serial number is 024320.
If it were Mercian the last two digits would signify the year surely?
Either way a great bike, but comments welcomed.
Especially about the Shimano 600 components.
Do they fit with the 1971/72 date?
Will be fitted with original bars/levers/saddle etc. tomorrow and that will change its appearance radically.