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Mercier "Tour de France": is it worth it?

Old 02-22-11, 09:35 AM
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Mercier "Tour de France": is it worth it?

I've been trying to find an old steel road bike, with a decent frame, that would be worth a cheap build just to give myself a nice, fast, steel road bike without paying out the nose.

I might try and find some older Ultegra components on ebay because I know I can get them for cheap.

I found this bike for sale locally, but I'm worried it is going to be a french thread BB, or other weird compatibility issues.

Is this bike worth buying?

http://halifax.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-s...AdIdZ261568045
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Well, you'll probably run into compatibility issues, as it it appears to be late 1970s by virtue of the steel, cottered crankset, MAFAC center-pull and what appears to be a Simplex SX100 derailleur. The rear derailleur may even be a replacement, as it looks like there may be wing nuts. The bicycle is almost certainly French threaded.

I wouldn't imagine Halifax to be a very high priced market, especially this time of year. Seems pricey, regardless of the potential compatibility issues. That's probably the original price.
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Yeah that's what I thought

I'll hold out hope for an old trek, miyata, or nishiki that may pop up one day.

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