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Old 03-17-18, 11:23 AM
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Is this a Mercian?

Picked this up today https://flickr.com/photos/142311368@...57691523070772

I got it from first owner and she says she bought it as a frame in CA. It has gone thru several paint jobs according to P.O. and several group set changes. Right now itís a mix match of Shimano 105 headset and brakes. Front deraillure is Suntour and rear is Acera.
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Could be. Is that what the previous owner said, or are you just guessing?
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It s what previous owner said.
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Could be. Is that what the previous owner said, or are you just guessing?
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Originally Posted by Vcycleta View Post
It s what previous owner said.
The serial number looks right for a Mercian. Would be a 1979 model. Mercian can do a serial number search for a small fee to verify the model and if it was custom geometry. Good folks. You could also get a decal set as well.
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Just took it for a test ride, I have nothing to compare it too but it feels like 0 degrees out and I wanted to intunue to ride. She will need some adjustments and a new seat. I’m not too sure about drive train bits and considering going full Shimano 105
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The lugs look identical to the 1979 Mercian that I recently bought. Bikecology was the importer. I did the serial number search at Mercian and they were only able to tell me that mine was part of a consigment of 50 frames ordered by Bikecology in 1979. You can search for Bikecology to get more info - they called this frame the "California" but it was similar or identical to Mercian's Olympic model.
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Cool
This confirms what P.O. told me about bike.
Any idea what bits would have been period
Appropriate for bike? Whatís your serial? I wonder if mine was part of those 50 frames.

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The lugs look identical to the 1979 Mercian that I recently bought. Bikecology was the importer. I did the serial number search at Mercian and they were only able to tell me that mine was part of a consigment of 50 frames ordered by Bikecology in 1979. You can search for Bikecology to get more info - they called this frame the "California" but it was similar or identical to Mercian's Olympic model.
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P.O. just confirmed bought at bikecology on 1980, from spring catalog which is still has.


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The lugs look identical to the 1979 Mercian that I recently bought. Bikecology was the importer. I did the serial number search at Mercian and they were only able to tell me that mine was part of a consigment of 50 frames ordered by Bikecology in 1979. You can search for Bikecology to get more info - they called this frame the "California" but it was similar or identical to Mercian's Olympic model.
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The Bikecology order for 50 frames were serial numbers 908-79 to 957-79. Mine was 952-79, and the only information available was the size of the frame. My bike was built with with a mix of components, Nuovo Record DR, Modolo Speedy brakes, Stronglight crank, Ideale leather saddle - all items that were listed in the catalogue. I don't know if Bikecology selected the components to build it up, or if the original buyer did. There are some photos in the thread on Mercian bikes.
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