I bought was a 60cm, the first, bought new over 30 years ago, was a 58. Standard Mercian geometry dictates a relatively short top tube, about 56cm for up to the 61cm bikes. I suspected I could fit a 61cm Mercian fine.
Recently, I found a 1980 Mercian on EBay, it was described as a 58, but I could tell from the pictures it was a bit bigger. I decided to buy it, (it was a "Buy It Now" offering, the only kind I seem to win). When it arrived, it was indeed bigger; it turned out to be a 61! Now I get to try a 61 after all!
The frame is a 1980 Olympic, pretty much the bottom of the line for Mercian, but still a nice one with Reynolds 531 tubes and forks and Campagnolo dropouts. It is actually very similar to my Green 1983, except without the water bottle and brake cable guide braze-ons.
|In the stand, working on some of the paint issues.|
I cut off and removed the old adjusters, I eventually drilled a hole in the tube inside the seat lug and eventually removed the weird ball of metallic grunge from the frame. I sanded the paint off the top tube and found some specks in the tube. After removing most of that I shot it with primer to protect it. I don't know how long it will be before I can paint the frame properly.
|Headtube detail, I love the flat fork crown on these models.|
|Nice gold Mercian Script.|
Well, I'll have to take my time since it will take me a while to afford anything else. In the meantime, I now have three Mercians hanging in the garage!
|Update Feb. 2017: Here's the gang together with the 1980 Olympic completed!|