Wahey! I am going to Mercian at last!

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Wahey! I am going to Mercian at last!

Postby mlteenie » 9 Apr 2008, 10:00pm

After spending months looking around and selling bike bits to raise extra cash for my first custom frame, I have booked my train ticket to go to Derby on Tuesday.

I am particularly interested to find out their prescription for my frame size as I have an old lugged Rossin RLX frame in the shed (possibly) awaiting components based on the outcome of their sizing. If it turns out to be very different I will have to flog it.

I have looked at Jackson/Whitcomb (HOW much!?)/Condor/Yates/Roberts/etc and it seems Mercian are the most appropriate. Plus they have a decent website and catalogue. I am (possibly ironically, given their expertise) going for a Pro Lugless in 631, unless the experts tell me otherwise! I live in London and don't want to risk a nice colourful paint job, so a dark green or gunmetal with black decals should do it.

Exciting!

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Postby Mick F » 9 Apr 2008, 10:22pm

Did someone mention Mercian?

Super, Great, Wonderful!!

Enjoy, and good luck, mlteenie!!
Mick F. Cornwall

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Postby JohnW » 10 Apr 2008, 12:19am

Mick F wrote:Did someone mention Mercian?

Super, Great, Wonderful!!

Enjoy, and good luck, mlteenie!!


That goes for me too. I'm sure you'll be very happy together.

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Postby essexman » 10 Apr 2008, 9:43am

WARNIING. Mercians can seriously affect your mental health! My mate just got a mercian, after years of lust. He's put it on his wall and bought a 70s racing bike off ebay to ride. He says the Mercians too nice to get dirty.

I have to say i found myself agreeing with him. Nice bike.
I hate snow.

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Postby Jonboy » 10 Apr 2008, 1:31pm

I had to wait six months for mine. I picked it up in November. Last week I took it out for the first time!

Well it's been raining in the Winter months!

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Postby Mick F » 10 Apr 2008, 1:39pm

I got mine back from it's refurb in December. Within a few days, it was re-assembled and out onto the road. Salt, muck, rain, sleet, the lot!

That's what it's there for. Look after your frame, clean it regularly, and every now and again, strip the components off and give it a couple of coats of car polish.

Love your Mercian, and it will love you back.
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Postby mlteenie » 10 Apr 2008, 5:38pm

Thanks folks!

I am sure the mental health is true, and it's already affecting my wallet. Called them up and now I think it's the 725 frame rather than 631.

Wonder what will happen when I get there?

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Postby DavidT » 10 Apr 2008, 5:57pm

mlteenie

I treated myself to a Mercian Audax in 06 after years of admiring/lusting/pondering/saving etc. Plenty of miles on it now (although not by some of the standards on this forum - respect!) but I have always been a bit obsessive about keeping it clean. Worryingly, that remains the case two years on! So be warned! It really does'nt look like it's gone that far, but that is'nt the case. It also goes out a lot in the winter.

Anyhow, have fun with whole experience and enjoy your masterpiece.

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Postby Woodbridge Pete » 10 Apr 2008, 6:15pm

enjoy, we have two Mercian tandems (708 tubing) and a 631 track bike.

If you ask them to put your name on, then I'll probably produce the decals for it.
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Postby Lawrie9 » 10 Apr 2008, 6:58pm

I bought an old Rossin bike recently. Superb , fine Italian machine with oval tubing and rococo style lugs, Cinelli handle bars, Mavic & Ridgida wheels & Campag & Shimano parts.
Rossin were used by some of the top riders including Kelly, Virenique and Van Poppel but think they got taken over in the 90's. There is a bit about Rossin on Classicrendezvous and 43bikes. If you can restore it then it will be well worth it.
Wonderful pics of the Mercian workshop on their website. Good to see that British craftsman ship is still going strong.

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Postby mlteenie » 10 Apr 2008, 7:09pm

Thanks for the good will all.

W-Pete - so maybe I should go for the name if it connects with you. Do you do Mercian's graphics then?

Lawrie9 - my frame is a rather tatty SLX tubed model but with lovely cast Rossin lugs. I will deal with tidying it up if Mercian tell me the size is right but I have a feeling I may have a short body to leg ratio and the 57cm square frame may not do - we'll see! Mine has the red/yellow/white cross-hatched paint scheme. Hard to reproduce and with the chroming and decals we are talking a lot of money.

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Postby Woodbridge Pete » 10 Apr 2008, 9:50pm

I only do the non-standard stuff for them
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Postby JohnW » 11 Apr 2008, 12:49am

mlteenie - there is a "Mercian" thread further down this Technical section - if you've not read through it (there's ten or so pages on it now), why not gove it a go?

I didn't have mine posted - I don't trust Parcel Force - I went to collect it on the train and the bulky parcel became a conversation piece among passengers close by me - I had to unwrap it for inspection. One chap began to hold forth and tell the assembled company that he had two Mercians, and he described them in really intimate detail. One of the most enjoyable train journeys that I can remember.

I collected it in May last year, and I'm only just beginning to build it up.

I spend a lot of time looking at it!!!

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Postby mlteenie » 14 Apr 2008, 8:41pm

Off to Derby tomorrow morning and almost finding myself more confused than when I started - so many possibilities! The main reason I am going Pro Lugless is to have my Chris King headset fitted. THe other frames are basically all 1" threaded. Bit weird but the whole bike flows from there. Already have Thomson seatpost and XT groupset.

Anyway will no doubt return with glowing reports tomorrow night.

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Postby JohnW » 15 Apr 2008, 12:35pm

mlteenie wrote:Off to Derby tomorrow morning and almost finding myself more confused than when I started - so many possibilities! The main reason I am going Pro Lugless is to have my Chris King headset fitted. THe other frames are basically all 1" threaded. Bit weird but the whole bike flows from there. Already have Thomson seatpost and XT groupset.

Anyway will no doubt return with glowing reports tomorrow night.


I'm waiting with bated breath for the glowing reports.

What colour did you finally decide upon?