Gorgeous Vintage Lugged Mercian Complete Bicycle 57cm

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Andrew_Squirrel
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Gorgeous Vintage Lugged Mercian Complete Bicycle 57cm

Full Photo album here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/andy_squirrel/sets/72157688458396940

About You:
This bike would fit someone around 5'10" to 6'0" with an inseam greater than 82.5 cm. I am 5'9" and the top-tube is just a little too high for comfort.

Free add-ons?
**Sale includes custom one-off "MERCIAN" short sleeve, color & font matched, size medium wool jersey from Oregon Cyclewear. Three pockets with button closures on the back, 1/4 zip, flock lettering that is still in perfect shape**

About the Frameset:
- Size 57cmx57cm (center to center), ST: 71.7 deg, HT: 74.2 deg, Standover: 82.5 cm
- 70's era frame brazed in Derby, England
- Lugged Chrome Fork with classic bend
- Partially Chromed Seat-stays and Chain-stays
- Elegant bullet point seat stay caps
- Repainted in the 80's with many cool gold accent lines and the name "Eric Woodward" painted on the top tube
- 531 DB Reynolds tubing
- Hand carved Nervex lugs
- Semi-horizontal rear dropout
- Cable pulley wheels on the BB shell (not currently used in build)
- A bit of "beausage" including many chips & scratches in the paint

Components List:
- "Antique Brown" Brooks B17 Saddle (pre-worn-in for your comfort)
- Velo Orange Grand Cru Silver Seatpost (great setback for Brooks Saddle)
- Nitto Noodle Handlebars (44cm)
- Rivendell Silver Bar-end shifters with friction "power ratchet" action (brand new UV safe washers installed, includes second backup set)
- Brand new 3mm Fizik Performance Handlebar Tape (wow, great cushion!)
- Nitto Technomic Long Quill Stem 90mm
- Brass Crane Suzu Bell (Polished with Brasso cream!)
- 1" threaded Silver Sotto Voce Chris King Headset
- Campagnolo Clamp-on cable stops
- Shimano UN55 Square Taper Bottom Bracket 118mm (New!)
- Sugino Mighty Tour Double Crankset 48/34 170mm
- Velo Orange Touring Pedals, Sealed Bearing PD-0003 Includes half toe-clips (designed without straps, can be easily removed)
- Matching Shimano Front and Rear Derailleurs "Light Action"
- Shimano 9-speed cassette 11-28t
- TRP RRL SR Retro Brake Levers with gum hoods and classic drillium style levers (New!)
- Rivendell Silver Brand Caliper brakes (with quick release levers & cable adjusters)
- Brand new white Jagwire Housing and Cables & matching blue cable tips!
- Brand new wheelset! Alexrims R450 laced to Shimano Claris hubs & Shimano quick release skewers, all silver for a classic look with modern design.
- Vittoria Randonneur Tires 700c x 29mm with reflective sidewalls.
- Hammered Honjo Fenders, with red accents painted in flutes with matching nail polish
- Velo Orange Leather Mudflaps (Treated with Nikwax Waterproof Leather Conditioner!)
- Portland Design Works Fenderbot Rear Battery Taillight (pefect angle for the rear light mount!)

Asking $1,500 on craigslist but it probably won't sell for that much.

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 01:45
mander
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Ballin'

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 14:01
Andrew_Squirrel
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Hell yes, someone just purchased this off eBay for $1,000 ! Unfortunately I have to deal with shipping which sounds like a pain in the butt.
Stoked to get this out of my storage area and finally put that money towards my Grin Tech eBike kit.

DQ: I called around to a couple shops asking if they will pack the bike professionally but everyone is slammed this time of year.
Will most shops give me the packing materials for free if I pop in? What is the protocol for not wasting their time? Beer or tip?

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 20:06
ryker

You know the cardboard recycling dumpster behind your LBS?

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 20:18
NOVELTYNAME
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Yeah, get blocks for the axles and packing stuff to wrap tubes

"Folks want options!"

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 20:57
Tail Hook Lengthener
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(Reply to #5)

Andrew_Squirrel wrote:
Will most shops give me the packing materials for free if I pop in? What is the protocol for not wasting their time? Beer or tip?

Most shops will just give it away. Gregg's is always choking on boxes, so just come by and ask. If you want help packing it up, I'm sort of an expert at these things, but my time is sparse until the weekend.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 22:35
biek

get a pack of foam pipe insulation for like $7 from brome depot if you want to be all ocd PRO about it

pappaheugwang wrote:
u mad bro?

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 23:15
puelnewdle
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(Reply to #7)

biek wrote:
get a pack of foam pipe insulation for like $7 from brome depot if you want to be all ocd PRO about it

And a big bag of long zip ties.

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:48
Andrew_Squirrel
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Thanks for all the tips! I will swing by Greggs then head to hardware store for pipe insulation / long zip ties

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 14:26
jimmythefly
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ATMO you really want to protect 4 areas from crush/dings, spots where the frame usually ends up closest to the cardboard surface.

1. Head tube/headset cups. lots of padding or whatever between the head tube and the end of the box, and the top of the box.
2. Top of seat tube, especially if it's lugged. Protect with thick padding, maybe a dummy seatpost of rolled-up cardboard sticking out a bit, etc.
3. Bottom bracket. I usually just stick a second layer of cardboard and/or coroplast under the BB shell, then pad with thin foam to avoid damaging paint.
4. Rear dropouts. Especially if long horizontal and have adjsuter screws. The dummy axle helps avoid crush sideways, but you want to also pad/protect to the rear to avoid having adjuster screws smashed or the rear of the DO smashed.

I also like to cut a bunch of spacers that are as long as your box is wide. I used to have an awesome stash of 2" thick closed-cell foam but that's hard to come by. You can use cardboard made into simple triangle shapes, cardboard tubes of thicker wall cut to length, etc. Place in several spots while packing, masking tape to frame members. They will keep the frame centered in space in the box and also help the whole thing getting squashed if the box is laid on it's side.

deadforkinglast wrote:
But honestly, I have no idea how I am going to follow through on that plan and I already have a pretty rad bike. I think I just like fucking with my bikes.

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 15:08
biek

no need for zipties, just use regualr scotch tape

pappaheugwang wrote:
u mad bro?

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 15:15
Andrew_Squirrel
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(Reply to #11)

jimmythefly wrote:
ATMO you really want to protect 4 areas from crush/dings, spots where the frame usually ends up closest to the cardboard surface.

1. Head tube/headset cups. lots of padding or whatever between the head tube and the end of the box, and the top of the box.
2. Top of seat tube, especially if it's lugged. Protect with thick padding, maybe a dummy seatpost of rolled-up cardboard sticking out a bit, etc.
3. Bottom bracket. I usually just stick a second layer of cardboard and/or coroplast under the BB shell, then pad with thin foam to avoid damaging paint.
4. Rear dropouts. Especially if long horizontal and have adjsuter screws. The dummy axle helps avoid crush sideways, but you want to also pad/protect to the rear to avoid having adjuster screws smashed or the rear of the DO smashed.

I also like to cut a bunch of spacers that are as long as your box is wide. I used to have an awesome stash of 2" thick closed-cell foam but that's hard to come by. You can use cardboard made into simple triangle shapes, cardboard tubes of thicker wall cut to length, etc. Place in several spots while packing, masking tape to frame members. They will keep the frame centered in space in the box and also help the whole thing getting squashed if the box is laid on it's side.

Great tips, thanks.
Reminded me that I have a huge piece of 1" closed cell foam from my camera bag sewing project that I can use.

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 15:20
Blakey
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I cut a long piece of cardboard the width of the dropouts and roll it up until it's bigger than the dropouts and tape or pin it in place. Crush proof and protects screws etc better.

I do the same thing rolling/making taped triangles the inside box width that I use to prevent crushing and hold the frame in place. The triangles can also be used as storage containers for small parts so they don't go AWOL out of a tear.

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 00:45
Andrew_Squirrel
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Thanks for the tips Andrew.

Josh hooked me up with a box and a big bag of packing goodies. Thanks Josh!

I used everyone's tips and this Rivendell video to help me pack, now I feel bad for talking so much shit about Rivendell (It's a love/hate/want you to survive thing).

Holy shit, packing a bike is time consuming. I exhausted all those extra long zip-ties too early in the process. I ended up using a bunch more card board in the box after all the foam.

Got a shipping label through BikeFlights $65. Delivered to the Fedex office this morning via bike.

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 14:55
Tail Hook Lengthener
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(Reply to #14)

Andrew_Squirrel wrote:
Holy shit, packing a bike is time consuming. I exhausted all those extra long zip-ties too early in the process. I ended up using a bunch more card board in the box after all the foam.

People always balk that most shops charge as much for packing a bike as they do for a full tune-up, but go do it yourself and tell me that it doesn't justify $75-100 in labor.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 22:26