information regarding my bike? mercian

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lyncho1983
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information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby lyncho1983 » 2 Aug 2017, 3:20pm

Good afternoon all,

Im new to the forum and just after some general information regarding a bike I have or advice on how to find out further information about it.

I believe its a Mercian cycle, its been in my garage for quite a while so is full of dust.

I don't really know where to start looking into information for it to be honest. its ridiculously light!

anyway heres some pics.

thanks
Darren
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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby gaz » 2 Aug 2017, 3:42pm

Welocme to the forum.

That'll scrub up well :wink:. Someone will be along soon to tell you how to work out how old yours is. In the meantime: http://www.merciancycles.co.uk/
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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby lyncho1983 » 2 Aug 2017, 3:45pm

thanks for your response :).

yeah its in fairly just condition just needs a good clean really.

il have a look at that website now thankyou.

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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby Vetus Ossa » 2 Aug 2017, 3:56pm

As said there are many people here who will offer help and information, and will probably comment later when they are home from work.
I would like to mention though that your front wheel is not done up properly, the quick release lever needs to be in the same position as the rear one.

Edit. You do it like this if you have not used one before.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hcq-PwYj3TE
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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby gaz » 2 Aug 2017, 3:59pm

How to find the year of manufacture from the frame number, here. The frame number is typically found stamped under the bottom bracket.
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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby lyncho1983 » 2 Aug 2017, 4:03pm

thanks both for you responses.

with regards to the front wheel its okay its not a bike that has been ridden in a fair few years. its just sitting there haha.

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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby Mick F » 2 Aug 2017, 4:11pm

Serial number is usually under the BB shell. Five digits.
First three digits are the fame number, and the last two are the year. Probably another separate number indicating the actual builder of the frame.
However .............. some years ago, Mercian had a fire and they lost all their records.

I took my 1986 Mercian back to them in 2007 for its 21st birthday refurb, and asked them about the info of when I had it built, only to be told about the fire.
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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby lyncho1983 » 2 Aug 2017, 4:19pm

il have a look tonight when im home and see if I can see the numbers anywhere. will be good to see when it was built.

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Postby Vetus Ossa » 2 Aug 2017, 4:34pm

Over the bottom bracket cable guides, long wheelbase and quite gappy around the brakes so quite old I think.
The brakes look like 1950's GB Coureur but I am not an expert on this period.

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Postby Mick F » 2 Aug 2017, 4:44pm

You could be correct, though when I had mine built, I could have specified 27" clearances or 700c clearances.
I had the choice, so went for 700c and as tight as they could make it but still use mudguards.

Therefore, it's not necessarily that old as mine could have been like that had I wanted it.
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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby Vetus Ossa » 2 Aug 2017, 4:57pm

It’s a pity the picture quality is not a bit better as it’s hard to see what the lug’s look like, but from what I can see they do look old.
BTW the new Mercian web site looks very nice.

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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby lyncho1983 » 2 Aug 2017, 5:00pm

Sorry for my ignorance but what are lugs. Il be able to take more pics tonight. They were good quality but I had to edit them as it said they were too large to upload.

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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby lyncho1983 » 2 Aug 2017, 5:03pm

Just googled it. I know what you mean now haha.

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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby Roadster » 2 Aug 2017, 7:01pm

Sadly, it is obsolete, of poor quality and beyond economic repair. Let me dispose of it for you... :)

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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby lyncho1983 » 2 Aug 2017, 7:23pm

Haha oh really :).

To be completely honest I am looking to sell it as I don't have any use for it and I could make better use of the money. I'm just interested in finding out information about it's history.