|Ebay seller's picture. I wasn't sure if those two yellow bands on the seat tube were factory or not. Seems like they were, if so, that's an unusual feature.|
|It's been several months since I made a (somewhat) impulsive purchase of an older Mercian Olympic frame on eBay. I have been taking my time deciding how I wanted to set up this bike. I finally decided to go with a "modernized vintage" effect. I wanted this bike to fit more modern (130-135mm OLD) wheels. I also wanted to eliminate most of the "clamped-on" fittings, adding brazed on rear brake cable guides, shifter bosses and water bottle bosses. Might as well throw in a pump peg too!|
|The frame after Steve Rex's work, including brake cable guides, shifter bosses, pump peg and water bottle bosses.|
I then took the frame and parts down to Steve Rex's shop in Downtown Sacramento. He got all the bits attached in short order. I tried to do the spreading of the rear triangle myself. While attempting this, a small catastrophe occurred, and I managed to separate the rear brake bridge from the seat stay, Yikes!
Back to Steve Rex for the repair. I must say the Steve did a really good job with the repair, although the left chainstay suffered a bit of a crimp from my mishandling, but it remained structurally sound. Everything looks good now. Lesson learned; although I had spread rear triangles in the past, this time the distance, (120 to 135mm), and the type of steel, (531 stays), demanded support at the brake bridge which I had neglected to do.
|Fresh from Steve Rex's shop, showing the new shift bosses and pump peg.|
|Earlier test ride, before Steve Rex's work on the frame. Wow, those brake cables are long!|
|Another view of the head tube, after powder coat and lug lining.|
About a week later, the frame was done and I picked it up. I'm pretty happy with the results. Overall, the quality of the finish is very good, not too heavy at all, although there are one or two spots that seemed a little thicker than other areas.
|A detail of the powder coat, you can still make out the "Campagnolo" on the dropout!|
|This shot shows off the lug lining I did with a "DecoColor" Pen.|
I then applied "lug lining" by using a DecoColor gold fine-tipped pen. I practiced on my Nishiki before tackling the Mercian. The results look pretty good.
I've ordered a set of Mercian decals from Cyclomondo in Australia, along with the Reynolds 531 sticker. The Mercian stickers match the original gold script the bike came with. I hope it mates well with the lug lining.
|Stickers on order!|
|Awaiting new decals.|
Stay tuned for updates!