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Old 12-08-23, 08:16 PM
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Not my bike. Iím helping ship it from Justyneís place. Funny, Jim Merz was there when I showed up.

pretty fascinating. Here are some fun observations.

1, rear brake bride is designed to be backwards. I hear thatís his signature detail on his bikes

2, 753. silly light!

3, seat bolt area amazingly tight design.

4, Lugs so thin and clean, yet the drop-outs seem downright sloppy. OK, sloppy isnít the word. So many cool/trick details, it seems odd to me that the drops werenít finished with the same thought/care.

5, the American seatpost, painted is a lovely touch.







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The squared off stays meeting the dropouts look pretty cool to me.
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I do like the American Classic posts ... although there are some issues with them. They were certainly a good option when you needed a 27.4mm post!

I'm scratching my head about a painted post. Was the paint tough enough to permit it to be inserted into the seat tube without scratching? ... or is it just painted down to the seat lug, and bare aluminum below that?
hmmm...

The bike itself looks quite nice!

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Originally Posted by Robvolz
Not my bike. Iím helping ship it from Justyneís place. Funny, Jim Merz was there when I showed up.
Did you tell him about the tall one you rescued?
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Originally Posted by oneclick
Did you tell him about the tall one you rescued?
No need. He is well aware. He could not find the build sheet on this one, but the one made after it, so we know it is from January 1976.
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Very nice bike and excellent is the DA 7700thanks for sharing
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Thank you for sharing, a brand I’ve never seen. I really like the color and lug work. Also nice audio gear , I could sit there and que up some Pink Floyd , Who , or Supertramp and kill an hour easily. My big brother is a sound guy with his own company that he used to set up sound for medium sized venues. In his warehouse he had n area set up with some high end vintage audio equipment running through twin Crown 500’s and custom monitors. We would listen to music. It spoiled me. Rock on…
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The rear brake thing is his theory that as you brake, the calipers pivot forward on the mounting bolt. The pads then move up on the wider part of the rim increasing the clamping force.

Flaw with the theory is rims have parallel brake tracks so it doesn't get wider. It does put the adjuster on the same side.
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There is no flaw with this, it works just fine. it can go on the front side just as it does on the front, maybe not fashionable for seeing the backside of the caliper.

Here's one where the racks were made for canti's on this frame originally so when it got modified to sell it on, the canti's were stripped off and the rear brake didn't fit on the backside.

The racks hadn't been on the frame for probably 30 years until it was consigned at Sellwood cycle where they promptly but the racks on, moved the rear brake to the front side and said , the racks must be installed on a Merz.

Ive ridden it 1000's of miles like this, commuted for several years, ridden at Crater Lake with some monster downhills and down Mt. Hood from Timberline at warp speed with no worries about slowing or stopping.


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I agree the squared off stays and forks looks nice, but I don't know if I'd put it on this particular frame.

Gorgeous bike. I like the placement of the rear brake, I've done it before on a Miyata 1200. I wanted to try and see if the brake was stronger from that side. Don't think it made much difference.

Cheeky placement of the 753 sticker, letting your buddies know you're riding the best
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There's a HH frame on ebay right now.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/256105857944


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Originally Posted by jamesdak
There's a HH frame on ebay right now.
There are a lot. It's Harry selling them. He has some good frame building materials and tools up for sale as well.

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