Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-06-10, 02:57 PM   #1
DRietz
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 2,699
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
New Acquisition (British Stuff Inside)

Well, I've had a sudden influx of bike projects recently. Everything from making my neighbor's Schwinn World Sport into an awesome, fast riding machine, to last night's acquisition.

It's my first ever British project, as well as my first ever 531 frame.

My neighbor has learned how much of a bike nerd I am, and he loves that fact. He grew up right in the area, and bought this bike back in high school (the 80's, I believe). He ended up giving it to me last night, and I promised I'd turn it into something he'd be proud of.

So, here she is:





The owner of my LBS is willing to bet money on the fact that it's from the 78-82 range. The frame is made for 27" wheels, but the front has a 700c on there (kind of cool...Suzue hub with sealed bearing laced to a nice Mavic rim). I figure I'll get a nice set of 27" tubies on here and maybe switch over to a dedicated Shimano group (it's currently a mismatch) or maybe a nice Campy set up. The dropouts are Shimano, which I found odd.

She also has a Sugino crankset, an Ideale 80 saddle, and Schwinn Approved long reach centerpulls. I figure I'll get at least some single pivots on there...
DRietz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-10, 03:21 PM   #2
unworthy1
Stop reading my posts!
 
unworthy1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 9,239
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
very worthwhile project: I say clean, clean and clean, plus maybe an oxalic acid soak. It might be as late as that, but with the nutted brakes, 27" wheels and split cable housing guides/pump peg, it seems earlier...or a very conservative bike.
If by "tubies" you mean tubulars: they are NOT going to be 27", they will be 700C...and if you want a pair I might have something (local, too).
unworthy1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-10, 03:28 PM   #3
DRietz
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 2,699
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
A pair of 700c tubulars? Or a wheelset? I've got a lead on a nice 700c wheelset for cheap, but I think I might look for some nice Mavic 27" hoops for this ride, even if they are clincher.

And I agree on the oxalic soak. It needs some lovin'
DRietz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-10, 03:47 PM   #4
toytech 
Senior Member
 
toytech's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: san leandro
Bikes: enough bikes to qualify for Hoarders......
Posts: 1,449
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
nice score.
__________________
"Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day."--Harry S. Truman
toytech is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-10, 03:51 PM   #5
dashuaigeh
grad stud.
 
dashuaigeh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Austin, TX
Bikes: 1986 Waterford Schwinn Paramount, 1980s Schwinn Voyageur touring, Ciocc Designer #unknown
Posts: 702
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
what a friendly neighbor
dashuaigeh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-10, 04:03 PM   #6
YoKev
hi
 
YoKev's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Kingston, NY
Bikes:
Posts: 2,602
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
mmmmm, British bliss
YoKev is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-10, 05:16 PM   #7
ftwelder
Senior Member
 
ftwelder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: vermont
Bikes: Many
Posts: 3,092
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
nice!
ftwelder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-10, 09:01 PM   #8
DRietz
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 2,699
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks guys! It's gonna be a fun project.
DRietz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-10, 09:15 PM   #9
-holiday76
No one cares
 
-holiday76's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Yardley, Pa
Bikes:
Posts: 5,609
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
love it
__________________
I prefer emails to private messages - holiday76@gmail.com
Jack Taylor Super Tourist, Jack Taylor Super Tourer Tandem, Jack Taylor Tour of Britain, Px-10, Carlton Flyer,Fuji The Finest, Bianchi Squadra,Salsa Fargo, Santa Cruz Tallboy, Cetma Largo, Riv Betty Foy (wife's), Gitane 500A Mini Racer (sons).
-holiday76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-10, 09:21 PM   #10
USAZorro
Seņor Member
 
USAZorro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Florence, KY
Bikes: 1954 Hetchins M.O., 1959 Viking Severn Valley, 1970 Raleigh Pro, 1972 Fuji "The Finest", 1974 Raleigh Superbe&Comp, 1976 Raleigh Team Pro, 1996 Giant Iguana, 2000 Bob Jackson Arrowhead
Posts: 14,412
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)
With that tubing decal, don't bet against the guy at your LBS. The T.I. decal with the gold band underneath the 531 logo might have come out in '77.
__________________
In search of what to search for.
USAZorro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-10, 09:53 PM   #11
unworthy1
Stop reading my posts!
 
unworthy1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 9,239
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by DRietz View Post
A pair of 700c tubulars? Or a wheelset? I've got a lead on a nice 700c wheelset for cheap, but I think I might look for some nice Mavic 27" hoops for this ride, even if they are clincher.

And I agree on the oxalic soak. It needs some lovin'
I meant wheels, not tires...I may have a pair of tubular wheels of approximately the right vintage, might also have a pair of nice 27" clinchers that would be very at home on this frame...but have to see about a few things before I can offer details. I'll PM you.
unworthy1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-10, 11:39 PM   #12
DRietz
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 2,699
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
With that tubing decal, don't bet against the guy at your LBS. The T.I. decal with the gold band underneath the 531 logo might have come out in '77.
The thing is, the owner of my LBS used to work for a famous bike shop owner in Alameda when he was a teen. Also very local. Apparently, my LBS owner built the wheels for this very bike. You can tell, because on the rear rim, there's a sticker with his wheelsmith number on it. It was a very awesome find, and the story behind it is super cool.

Unworthy1 suggested in a PM that the frame might be partially custom due to the fact that it has Shimano dropouts. I find it weird that this bike may have come with Shimano. Is it possible that it was a custom order? There are no serial numbers to be found, at least in the usual spots (BB shell, dropouts).

Also, one last question. I am going to give this bike an oxalic soak because of the internal rust. I know how to apply framesaver, but the oxalic will take the surface rust off the exterior as well. How do I keep that from rusting while maintaining the patina?
DRietz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-10, 08:05 AM   #13
bibliobob 
Senior Member
 
bibliobob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ventura, CA
Bikes: '53/'54 Bianchi CDM, late '50s Vic Edwards faux Peugeot, '62 Frejus, '62/63 Cinelli SC, '62ish Altenburger Cinelli Mod B, '72 Motobecane Grand Record, '73-74 Colngao Super, '74 Masi GC, '78 faux Confente, '82 Medici Gran Turismo, '85 Eddy Merckx Pro
Posts: 2,956
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Very nice! Mercian would build bikes pretty much any way the customer wanted, so Shimano DOs are not necessarily out of line. What's the serial number? Email it to Mercian, and the can tell you model, year, and who built it. They're a very friendly bunch, and have records for bikes built after 1970 (previous records were lost).

I'll be unveiling my '65 King of Mercia very soon....
__________________
I grow old, I grow old. I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.
bibliobob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-10, 09:20 AM   #14
DRietz
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 2,699
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
That's the thing, I can't find a serial number.
DRietz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-10, 09:23 AM   #15
nlerner
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 9,979
Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 85 Post(s)
Have you checked the Mercian website for info?

http://www.merciancycles.co.uk/history

Neal
nlerner is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-10, 10:57 AM   #16
unworthy1
Stop reading my posts!
 
unworthy1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 9,239
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
seems that the catalogs contain this clue: '70s specs (no specific year) list most frames available with either Campag or Shimano ends, but the '81 catalog lists Campag ends only, even the budget Campionissimo bike has Campy "Sport" model ends in '81.
unworthy1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:59 PM.