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Old 12-12-21, 03:38 PM
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A couple of new Brit bike projects

A local friend, who has deep knowledge of and love for British steel, sold me a couple from his herd today:

1938 Maclean Featherweight: I was interested in this one because it does not have the slack angles I usually associate with pre-WWII frames. Seat tube is 72 degrees. Rear spacing is 115, so built for an internal hub gear. 23 frame:








1974 Mercian, modified some time back for canti brakes, under BB cable routing, and a few other doodads. Wheels are just placeholders for the pics:






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Excellent looking starting points!
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The Maclean's looks very nice and that original paint is in great condition for its age - pretty rare for a prewar find. Looking forward to seeing it built up! And yes, it was around 1935 when the high-end frame builders started using more "modern" frame geometry on some of their models, and by the time the war broke out some builders had completely migrated away from the slack angles.

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thanks very much for sharing these two new arrivals

Mercian appears it may have begun as an Olympic model



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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
A local friend, who has deep knowledge of and love for British steel, sold me a couple from his herd today:
For a sec I thought that was Bob's, went back to look at some pics from my visit a few years ago, his isn'y a two-tone paint job.
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Both nice pick ups. The Maclean is a special bike, very cool. I would not mind finding a 40s or a 30s era bike.
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
For a sec I thought that was Bob's, went back to look at some pics from my visit a few years ago, his isn'y a two-tone paint job.
Yeah, Bob got his from the same friend!
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By the way, in case you are unaware and get curious, the stem you have there was made by Presto.

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^ That’s neat, thanks! I’d imagine that given the head clip, this one would have come with a stem without a center bolt.
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Originally Posted by Kilroy1988 View Post
By the way, in case you are unaware and get curious, the stem you have there was made by Presto.
A while back I saw a MacLean Featherweight for sale used at a LBS (ReCycled Cycles, Seattle). It had almost all non-original parts, with this cool Presto "Toni Merkins" stem being about the only original part left. Super cool frame/fork/stem.


Here's the album of pics I took at the shop. I'm pretty sure it sold long ago, so this isn't a For Sale notice!

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