The continuing story of my 'new' Mercian ~ scroll down for earlier photos.

11.10.06...Unfortunately, I have decided that the Mercian is too big for me and so the project has now been put on hold and I am now using my 'new' Tom Crowther as my fixed -wheel winter bike which is actually made by Mercian. See it here.

The Mercian's progress

I decided to remove the braze-ons for the gears as I was going to use the bike for fixed riding only. This also involved the removal on the rear gear hanger and some tricky file work to profile the dropout to match the other one! And so after much paint stripping, sanding and filing I was satisfied with the end result. There is some rust pitting on the top tube but nothing too serious and I think it wont show to much when the final coats of paint are applied (whenever that is!) I have given the frame a light coating of gray primer to protect it un till I decide what to do next!

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Close-up photos of my Mercian 10.2.05

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Nic's 'new' Mercian 22.5.04

Here are a few photos of my ‘new’ Mercian which was actually made in 1977. I was hoping to keep the original finish but on closer inspection it has extensive surface rust and in places no finish at all. However, the frame is structurally sound and will be the basis for my next restoration project! I have already decided that due to the lack of braze-on’s it might make a good-looking fixed-wheel bike. So watch this space for further developments….great!

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