information regarding my bike? mercian

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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby eileithyia » 2 Aug 2017, 10:37pm

Frame number is on the bottom bracket... if you want definite confirmation then you may have to strip it back, for the proof. Otherwise it will be stamped into the rear dropouts. Friend says it is a very saleable item... as Eroica riders love these type of machines... so it is worth you while hunting out that frame number to confirm it's authenticity and age. Could affect what you can get for it as well.
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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby lyncho1983 » 2 Aug 2017, 10:42pm

Thanks again for this mate. Assuming it is real does your friend have my idea on the value? I wouldn't want to under of over price it.

Think I'm going to spend a bit of time cleaning it up.

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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby eileithyia » 2 Aug 2017, 10:55pm

Have asked for you, but guess it is worth what someone would will pay...
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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby lyncho1983 » 2 Aug 2017, 10:57pm

That is very true mate. Thanks again

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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby Mick F » 3 Aug 2017, 6:19am

gaz wrote:I can't speak for Mercian but some frame builders also put a frame number on the steerer tube. It would require partial disassembly to see this, best done with the right tools.
Yes, mine has the number on the steerer. No paint on it.

You need to remove the quill stem and undo the headset of course to lower the forks out. It's better than stripping any paint off the BB.
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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby lyncho1983 » 3 Aug 2017, 8:50am

Il have a look today thanks. Is it on the top or bottom if the tube.

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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby lyncho1983 » 3 Aug 2017, 9:35am

from looking at the front lugs, cross referencing against one of the brochures on the website and from what a member said earlier they seem to be the nervex lugs as seen in the 1970's brochure.

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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby Mick F » 3 Aug 2017, 11:54am

lyncho1983 wrote:Il have a look today thanks. Is it on the top or bottom if the tube.
Mine's about half way down.
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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby lyncho1983 » 3 Aug 2017, 12:01pm

thanks mick, il check this evening.

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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby 9494arnold » 3 Aug 2017, 1:02pm

I think the Lugs are Nervex Professional which are pretty "High End" . I agree re Brake Levers, brakes themselves look to be Weinman from the 1970's (ish) and Stem is later than 1950's too so a lot of the equipment is later than the 1950's if the frame dates from then, quite likely been upgraded / replacesas it wore out. Chainset/Saddle certainly not 1950's , I'd like a better view of the rims whioch look to be Weinman Dimple and hubs look like mid range 1970's jobs I think. Mercians are nicely made frames it'll be a Custom Build and not off the shelf (I believe). mercian still about so try them.

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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby lyncho1983 » 3 Aug 2017, 1:05pm

thanks for you input mate, when I get home tonight il take some pictures of the rims and put them up on here so you can have a better look.

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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby JohnW » 3 Aug 2017, 2:35pm

9494arnold wrote:I think the Lugs are Nervex Professional which are pretty "High End" . I agree re Brake Levers, brakes themselves look to be Weinman from the 1970's (ish) and Stem is later than 1950's too so a lot of the equipment is later than the 1950's if the frame dates from then, quite likely been upgraded / replacesas it wore out. Chainset/Saddle certainly not 1950's , I'd like a better view of the rims whioch look to be Weinman Dimple and hubs look like mid range 1970's jobs I think. Mercians are nicely made frames it'll be a Custom Build and not off the shelf (I believe). mercian still about so try them.


I agree about the lugs and the brakes - Weinmann 730s? - and the levers look like GBs to me, but not a pattern that I ever had.

If you finally confirm that the frame is a Mercian (and it's certainly a quality frame, judging by the lugs) then is may be worth getting a full refurb and re-spray done at Mercian. It deserves it.

It's not surprising that the parts are a mixture - my Mercian frame from 2005 was bought as a frame and I built the bike around it. There's a real variety of parts from 1980s Simplex gear levers to Velo-orange seat-pin newer than the frame. When we build our bikes, we choose what's best for ourselves.

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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby lyncho1983 » 3 Aug 2017, 2:42pm

thanks for your input john.

like you say whatever make it is(I would like to think its Mercian as In my eyes it would be pointless for someone to sticker it up as a Mercian instead of something else as either way it is a good quality frame) it would be worth getting refurbished or even just a bit of tlc as everything seems to work on it. its not in perfect condition but I think after a wash and service it would be a great bike.

but for me personally getting it fully refurbished isn't something I would look to do as I don't have the money or time to do it if im perfectly honest. ive just had a little one and im currently working towards obtaining my motorbike license so whatever little funds I may have are taken up elsewhere.

I have to say the more ive looked into the bike the more intriguing it becomes. im going to spend a little bit of time and effort on cleaning it up and giving it a bit of a service to ensure everything is working as it should.

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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby lyncho1983 » 3 Aug 2017, 8:01pm

Okay so I've had to take a bit of paint off the bottom of the frame and all I can see is what looks like a 30 10 and a random 1

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Re: information regarding my bike? mercian

Postby lyncho1983 » 3 Aug 2017, 8:08pm

Just uncovered another number 1 in front of the 30