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Mercian: King of Mercia, early to mid 1970s

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Mercian: King of Mercia, early to mid 1970s

Old 02-23-15, 08:01 AM
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Mercian: King of Mercia, early to mid 1970s

Hi C&V experts,

1) Besides maintenance and cleaning (minor overhaul), what would you do for this bike to get it in top condition for daily riding?

2) Current value in its present condition?

The guy I bought it from told me he used to be a racer and this bike original won by a top racer in Houston.

Frame is 531 but has various scratches from racing. No evidence of crash.
Campy seatpost
Cinelli stem
3t handlebar
Campy brev brake levers
Campy brev- inter brakes
Campy nouvo record deraileurs
Shimano bar end shifters
Campy strada crank
Campy bottom bracket
Campy pedals
Tubular wheels with campy record hubs
Metal coil deraileur cable casing

My first dilemma is whether to replace tubular rims to clinchers.

Thanks in advance.
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The brake levers appear to be Campagnolo Super Record. I would get rid of the plastic tie wraps and replace them with correct Campagnolo screw on top tube cable guides.

BTW, great bike.
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Originally Posted by Ecrevisse View Post
I would get rid of the plastic tie wraps and replace them with correct Campagnolo screw on top tube cable guides.

BTW, great bike.
Thanks Ecrevisse!

The previous owner told me that he removed the cable stops on the top tube because of weight. I am not a racer but in my head, I was thinking "really"?

The saddle is suede with adjustment bolt similar to a Brooks. Anyone recognized this saddle?
The head set is Dura-ace.

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Ecrevisse beat me to it re: cable guides. I would do a complete tear down to check all bearings and then spray the inside of the frame with Framesaver. I would replace the brake pads with Kool Stops and replace all cables if they show any sign of corrosion or fraying. Check your wheels for trueness and spoke tension and fix if needed. If it were mine, I would go back to downtube shifters and at the same time re-wrap the bars. I'd keep the tubies (I like them). Polish, wax and enjoy. You have a very nice bike!
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frame bears more resemblance to the Olympic model than the King. but if it has a King transfer i reckon that makes it a King...
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Originally Posted by Kactus View Post
Ecrevisse beat me to it re: cable guides. I would do a complete tear down to check all bearings and then spray the inside of the frame with Framesaver. I would replace the brake pads with Kool Stops and replace all cables if they show any sign of corrosion or fraying. Check your wheels for trueness and spoke tension and fix if needed. If it were mine, I would go back to downtube shifters and at the same time re-wrap the bars. I'd keep the tubies (I like them). Polish, wax and enjoy. You have a very nice bike!
Thanks Kactus. I though about tubulars but then I would be reluctant to take it on a long ride.
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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
frame bears more resemblance to the Olympic model than the King. but if it has a King transfer i reckon that makes it a King...
Thanks for noticing the frame. I didn't even looked at the frame design.

I went to the website and checked the lug designed for each model and the bottom bracket lug seems consistent with the KoM model. Then again, I may have it all wrong since I don't the Mercian brand except what's provided on their website.
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Thanks Kactus. I though about tubulars but then I would be reluctant to take it on a long ride.
Just carry a spare and tube of sealant.
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Originally Posted by Kactus View Post
Just carry a spare and tube of sealant.
Thanks. I think I will try it. Keeping the tubulars is the easiest option without a rim and spoke replacement on the wheels.

BTW, from what I have read the last two digits on the serial number end in 72 so it's a 1972. That's an old bike!
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And a very nice one. Looks like it will clean up very well. When you do, please post some well lighted pics of the bike outside, in the shade. Thx.
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And a very nice one. Looks like it will clean up very well. When you do, please post some well lighted pics of the bike outside, in the shade. Thx.
Will do.

Except it may be a while before I get a chance to work on it. Life and family alway get in the way

Currently, I am building a couple of road bikes for the wife and kid. That and training for ms150 take most of "bike time".
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