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Old 05-15-24, 09:28 PM
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Mercier

here is a dumb question... is Mercier and Mercian the same MFG? I just picked up a Mercier ON<Y because I thought it was Mercian... and now, I am in love with the bike I got - purely be my stupidity... do you know anything about this hot-pink mistake?
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mercier picture

here is my baby... all shiny and nice

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They are definitely not the same. Mercier is French, Mercian is English.
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I am not sure what model you have there, maybe Service Course, but it is a nice bike. Pink was the Mercier team color. 1984 was final year for made in France Mercier, although the name lived on.
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the Mercian name derives from the ancient kingdom of Mercia

at this time England was divided into three kingdoms with Mercia being one of them

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​​​​​​https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercia


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Though not high end, a couple of Merciers have come my way, over the years. That said, they sport a great livery and are fun to ride. Both of these are/were darn near mint when I got them. The Mixte lives in Europe now...

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Originally Posted by PhilFo
They are definitely not the same. Mercier is French, Mercian is English.
thank you.. makes sense!
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How many of these bikes did you grab? All 200!?

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How many of these bikes did you grab? All 200!?
yes... bit overwhelming, but it was a lot or nothing deal... so, I might be getting a divorce soon but I have all 200 of them. thy very from a pair of amazing all chrome 1972 Jack Taylor with sales papers ... to Motobecane record and basically everything in between... bottom line I am in love! but now, I have to see what to keep, what to sell or what to put in my will for my kids
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Originally Posted by jerrylis
yes... bit overwhelming, but it was a lot or nothing deal... so, I might be getting a divorce soon but I have all 200 of them. thy very from a pair of amazing all chrome 1972 Jack Taylor with sales papers ... to Motobecane record and basically everything in between... bottom line I am in love! but now, I have to see what to keep, what to sell or what to put in my will for my kids
You may be needing this in the future The Collection Reduction Support/Encouragement/Accountability thread!
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Originally Posted by jerrylis
I have all 200 of them.
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Mercier, Mercian, ...

Tour de France organizer and editor of L'Auto Henri Desgrange came up with a few variations BITD:

There are many examples of Desgrange's self-belief but few as entertaining as the way he fell out with a provincial bike-maker called Mercier. Andrť Leducq, one of France's top riders, had left the Alcyon team to join …mile Mercier. Edmond Gentil, the head of Alcyon, asked Desgrange to leave Leducq out of the French team for the Tour de France, a team which as organiser Desgrange chose personally. That was Gentil's revenge and Mercier was annoyed. Desgrange, though, had taken a decision that, like all Desgrange's decisions, was correct, final and indisputable.

Mercier wrote complaint after complaint, then engaged lawyers. Desgrange ordered his staff never to mention Mercier's name again. Mercier, though, was a sponsor and bike-maker and sometimes had to have his complaints published. So L'Auto compromised by never spelling his name correctly. That drove Mercier into a deeper fury and more lawyers were engaged. L'Auto would again print corrections, only to get the name wrong once more. "Monsieur Gercier has let us known that his name is Monsieur Mervier", and then, "Monsieur Mervier asks us to say that, in reality, he is called Monsieur Cermier". When Mercier wrote once more, L'Auto printed: "Monsieur Cermier insists that in fact he is known as Monsieur Merdier" (Merde is French for "excrement")
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This is a fine bike and looks to be in great condition. Pink, as others have pointed out, is the most desirable color.
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there are at least three differing Mercier pink finishes

the subject one may be termed "rose pink"


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there are at least three differing Mercier pink finishes

the subject one may be termed "rose pink"

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Ahhhh! That color brings back memories. As a 17-year old I rode one of these in that very same metallic pink color. A 50cc Tomos 4L. Tuned to a max speed of about 45 mph, which was all the flimsy frame could handle. Painted it myself, with a rattle can. I thought it was pretty cool. My parents thought differently ...

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