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Old 02-05-23, 12:56 PM
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1985 Mercian

I bought this frame in 2021 from who I think was the original owner.
It looked like it wasn't used much and the paint is in really great shape, but there are some areas that have some chips and the drive side chain stay has an area that the paint is scraped probably from removing / installing the rear wheel.
When I got it I took it to a local frame builder and had the rear dropouts spread to 130mm and had the alignment checked.
Also installed a Innicycle threadless conversion headset which costs $130. I built it up with modern 11 speed components and rode it for about a year at which point I decided to order a new custom geometry Mercian which I now have.
I actually had sold this frame on Ebay but it was damaged in shipping and returned. The seat lug was bent and I just had it repaired. There is nothing wrong with it except some paint chipped off.
I am selling the frameset with headset, seatpost, FD adapter clamp. I would like to sell it local so I don't have to hassle with shipping and possible damage again.
I am thinking $450 as a starting price. Would appreciate any feedback on the price.




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Old 02-06-23, 08:16 AM
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Seems like a reasonable place to start... FWIW, putting a wood dowel plug of the right size (trimmed if need be) into the seat tube sticking out an inch or so is a great way to prevent damage in that area in shipping. Be sure to put old hubs or wood blocks secured by screws with appropriate washers in the fork and dropouts, too -- and pad like crazy.
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Old 02-06-23, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by JulesCW View Post
Seems like a reasonable place to start... FWIW, putting a wood dowel plug of the right size (trimmed if need be) into the seat tube sticking out an inch or so is a great way to prevent damage in that area in shipping. Be sure to put old hubs or wood blocks secured by screws with appropriate washers in the fork and dropouts, too -- and pad like crazy.
yep, learned my lesson. Actually thought of putting a dowel in the seat tube but I didnít have anything on hand and thought it would be ok since was only going 100 miles. Boy was I wrong.
I did make some dropout spacers out of wood though.
So I would rather sell it locally now even if it means losing some money on it.
Forgot to mention I am in SoCal
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Prices tend to be high in SoCal so $450 may be a good starting place. Prices seem to be down for C&V bikes though.
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Yeah it seemed for years I was looking for a frame like this and could not find anything.
then when it came up I really wanted it and probably over paid for it.
oh well. I did have some good times on it.
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