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    Mercian, LBS find photos.

    Well it's been a few weeks since I posted asking for help on the identifying the frame, etc. Since that time, I've talked to a couple of VERY knowledgeable forum members who insist this bike is a King of Mercia, and that the 531c tubing is exactly what the KOMs were made of. I may pay for the long distance call and frame search just to make sure, but I think it is a KOM also.

    I've never done anything even remotely similar to this, but I took down a lot of the parts, cleaned them up, etc., touched up a few places on the paint with a matching color, and I'm in the process of trying to find a few nuts/bolts that simply need to be replaced. Although I revamped the original brakes/pads (they're like new again), I put a pair of new ones on there for now. Haven't replaced the chain, but I intend to. I went cheapo on everything but I indulged in a new Brooks B17 saddle. I revamped the old one and it turned out fantastic - based solely on what others said to do on here. Thanks to the forum for the advice, and all the past threads that talked about rust removal, etc. There is a lot more to do to it, but I'm satisfied with the first little bit. And because I know "without photos, it didn't happen", here we go:

    Bill

    Mercian Flowers.jpg

    Mercian Crankset.JPG

    Mercian Front Brakes.JPG

    Mercian Logo.JPG

    Mercian SeatTube.jpg

    Mercian Hoods.JPG

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    nice! cleaner than anything I'm riding!!

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    You found THAT at a LBS?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simplyhere View Post
    Well it's been a few weeks since I posted asking for help on the identifying the frame, etc. Since that time, I've talked to a couple of VERY knowledgeable forum members who insist this bike is a King of Mercia, and that the 531c tubing is exactly what the KOMs were made of. I may pay for the long distance call and frame search just to make sure, but I think it is a KOM also.
    I looks like a KOM alright. I've seen a few of them in the flesh. (none mine though, sadly)

    The tubing is a tough one though. Given that mercian was a custom builder, you saw all sorts of different tubesets (whatever the customer wanted out of that bike). A KOM could primarily be set out as a racer/audax machine with 531c tubing and then again could be set out for a round the world tourer with 531st (super touring, bit heavier, but stronger for heavier riders with loads)

    As I said, its down to what the original consumer wants their mercian (and what mercian reccomend) for. It is wrong to say that they were exclusively 531c though.

    EDIT;

    I should mention that its a gorgeous bike nevertheless. I'm forever wanting a mercian....
    Last edited by spurious; 04-29-12 at 05:48 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
    You found THAT at a LBS?!

    Mother Machree! Miracles DO happen!
    Yep, and paid $150 for it. I'm beginning to understand that everything from this point forward might be somewhat, um, of a letdown. LOL. I walked into it having no earthly idea what it was. I wasn't haggling to get the guy down, I actually paid him what he was asking for it. Just dumb luck, total newbie luck.

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    $150!!! The universe really wanted you to own that bike!
    Very nice, the yellow with red is beautiful

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    Great colors!

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    That is cleaning up nicely. Good job so far!

    I mentioned in the other thread that you may have found the deal of a lifetime there...I still feel that way.

    CK

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coreyk View Post
    That is cleaning up nicely. Good job so far!

    I mentioned in the other thread that you may have found the deal of a lifetime there...I still feel that way.

    CK
    Holy crow! I'll second that sentiment!! The KOM has been on my short list seemingly forever... one fell into the lap of a friend of mine some years back and even though it would fit me perfectly, he refuses to give it up! Glad to hear it found you.
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    Yes, that is a truly smashing deal.

    The 1986 catalogue lists the King of Mercia (featuring those 'heart' cutouts and other details apparent on yours) as made with Reynolds 531 'Competition' (i.e. 531c):



    The folks at Mercian may or may not be able to tell you much after a frame search (the frame details were "very little indeed" when I had them look up my 1984 Professional, though they did not charge me for the frame search).

    In any case, an amazing bike, an amazing find, an amazing deal - and I'm sure that it's an amazing ride to boot.

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