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Not too bad for 42 years old-Mercier

Old 02-09-13, 01:59 PM
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Not too bad for 42 years old-Mercier

Today I'm getting close to finishing this project up. Still needs a couple adjustments, tires glued down, a couple things tightened up, cable ends, that sort of stuff.

My older sister bought this in 1971 during the bike boom. I was jealous beyond belief. It was one of the nicest bikes I'd ever seen. I was riding a gas pipe Jacques Anquetil at the time.

A couple years later (1975?), after she lost interest, she sold it to me. Chrome was a little rough, as it had spent some time on an apartment balcony.

It's been moved around a lot since.

It's all original, although some parts have been replaced.

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Old 02-09-13, 02:06 PM
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NICE!!! My older brother had about a 75 Mercier, I had a Coast-to-Coast special....He totalled his in a head-on crash with another bike in a snowstorm in Boston
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Cool bike. My best friend had one just like it, same year too. He logged many miles on those sew-ups with about 40psi in them. Of course he only weighed about 100lbs. Never carried a spare either.
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I take it that's a 300?
Whatever it is, those small, grainy pictures do not do it justice, satbuilder. You need to post more and better pictures!
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Old 02-09-13, 09:45 PM
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It is a 300. I tried posting them up but they were too large.
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It is a 300. I tried posting them up but they were too large.
You need to open up a Photobucket or Flickr account - Upload your pics there, then paste the "[img]" link here. That's how all the big pics get displayed on the forum.
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Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
You need to open up a Photobucket or Flickr account - Upload your pics there, then paste the "[img]" link here. That's how all the big pics get displayed on the forum.
This works very well.

I find to display pics at full size via the built in image tool, I first upload the photos (500-900 kb seems to be optimal) then post. I immediately "edit" the post, then double click each image and select "full size" (radio button), then save. Works great.
In theory, I should be able to double click the photo immediately after uploading, but when I do, it locks up (might be a chrome thing).
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Just a note, but if you use imageshack.us, you may not even have to open an account (although if you do, you can manage the photos you upload later).

https://imageshack.us/
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Old 02-10-13, 05:38 AM
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How about these:



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That's better, though we have to click on them to open. That bike looks nice. Passes the five foot test with flying tri-colors.
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Really like this! you might want to shorten that chain a little. does it fit you?
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The chain is the same length it was when the bike was purchased. But the assembler may not have known what he was doing. The shop was not officially a bike shop, actually it was a place that sold mowers tractors and the like in central Texas, and the guy saw a chance to make money on the bike boom.

I'll have to check it out.
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Nice...! Great color & looks to be in great shape...

My 1st real 10-sp was a Mercier, only in blue. Crashed it one nite on a midnite run... . My cousin has one sitting in his basement that I've been after him to let go, but so far he won't budge.
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Cool!
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^ Great looking 300!
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