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Old 08-07-15, 01:56 PM
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Would you rather: the classic & vintage bikes edition

We all know the game, we've all engaged in it as a cure for boredom. So here goes. Feel free to post your own as well.

Would you rather have the Gazelle or the Mercier? You know the Gazelle is a Champion Mondial but the Mercier is a mystery. Both are full 531, but the Mercier would cost you a hundred bucks less.



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Old 08-07-15, 02:03 PM
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Mercier with an upgrade to period correct shifting and levers. Maybe a crank or at least a chain ring upgrade as well. It is more C&V in my eye.
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Old 08-07-15, 02:10 PM
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I'd probably go for the Mercier. Of course it may have French dimensions and threads, if that matters to you. Is that one all original? I doubt it. And who slammed the stem down so hard?
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Brifters and DT shifters, now there is something new.
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Old 08-07-15, 02:20 PM
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The Mercier without the brifters and rat's nest of cables.
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Old 08-07-15, 02:47 PM
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That Mercier is easy on the eyes; the Gazelle isn't.
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Old 08-07-15, 03:19 PM
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Brifters and DT shifters, now there is something new.
The DT shifters appear to be the ones connected. I can't seem to follow all the wires from the brifters though. Bar tape????

If the brifters are in good shape, they'd be great for a project.

I'm a bit late with the aero brakes, but I am liking them, so a few upgrades are good.

I do like the moderate V style rims on the Gazelle, and I'm not adverse to a few upgrades.
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Old 08-07-15, 03:23 PM
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I would take the Gazelle. Already have a Mercier
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I'd rather…

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The DT shifters appear to be the ones connected. I can't seem to follow all the wires from the brifters though. Bar tape????
It just has a really long front brake cable housing that's looping around the bar once. Would probably want to undo that loop before wrapping tape

Looks like rear housing might be a little short.
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Old 08-07-15, 03:36 PM
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Tough choice, but I think I'd take the Gazelle. I have a thing for red white and blue bikes, though.

Would be nice to grab the bars and stem offa the mercier and put 'em on the Gazelle.
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Old 08-07-15, 04:51 PM
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Mercier (then I'd sell the brifters to fund proper brake levers, tape, different housing, and other necessary consumables). What kind of saddle on the Mercier?
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Gazelle...
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Sell both, get a dream bike.
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Old 08-07-15, 07:21 PM
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The Gazelle with the Dutch flag paint scheme is more visually appealing to me.

Neither would fit me, so it's a moot point.
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Old 08-07-15, 08:00 PM
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Scarlett Johanssen.
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Scarlett Johanssen.

Not C&V enough. Jayne Mansfield
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Not C&V enough. Jayne Mansfield
Oh, come on. I believe ScarJo's older than my Merckx; which is my current favorite vintage ride. Jayne Mansfield on the other hand, I think is actually dead.
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Old 08-08-15, 06:20 AM
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I'd go for the Mercier, but only because I like the color much better.
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Old 08-08-15, 07:59 AM
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It's an easy choice for me since I dislike fade paint, white saddles, modern cranks, brifters and deep vee wheels.
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