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Follow @twitterThis is Usk, about 12 miles from Newport,Gwent, where I live. Its a lovely spot where you can sit by the river and rest your legs for a while. People often stop to admire the Mercian when they walk by. This 1980 bike has just been fitted with a new Stronglight chain set, chain and sprockets, Thanks to Jeff. Cheers, Gareth.
Hello from Indiana USA,My 1972 VINCITORE. Built-up when new for a Christmas 1973 present from the parents of my best friend Pierce. Pierce sold me the bike in 2013 as he hadn’t ridden it more than 1000 miles since it was new. It had been in his house collecting dust for about 40 years. So, I’ve know it since it was a frame-set hanging on the wall of the local Lafayette Indiana bike shop back in 1972.It’s all original paint, I’ve had it apart for a complete clean and total service, it rides perfectly.Best regards, Jim– Earl Park Indiana, USA
Follow @merciancyclesI saw your gallery and thought I would share a couple of pictures of my Merican. I bought the frame in 1979 from Gus Betat in New Orleans and have been riding it constantly ever since. Still a phenomenal riding bicycle.Mostly Campy Record and Super Record with some newer pedals and Garmin ANT+ sensors but it still attracts attention everywhere I ride it. Group and components mostly unchanged for the past 25 to 30 years.The Red and Gold colors are still very nice, a little faded from wear but still looks great. Reynolds 531 double butted with beautiful lugs.So much sleeker than most of todays aluminum or carbon fiber bicycles and great road feel and handling. Some things are just too good to change.Thanks again,WarrenPlano, TX
Hi AllI was enjoying a look at the fabulous bikes in the Mercian blog and on the gallery and decided to send in a pic of my own Vincitore 853 for inclusion.Its in pearl white with half chrome forks and has been kitted out with new Campagnolo Athena as well as vintage NOS Record and Brooks saddle and tape, for a bike with a modern performance but an old school aesthetic. It's a joy to ride.I'm a Derby lad but these days live in Melbourne, Australia which has a very strong cycling culture. I'm proud to display my heritage via my Mercian, and it gets one hell of a lot of attention.For those that are interested in such things here are the components:Groupset - Campagnolo Athena 11 speedHandlebars - Nitto NoodleStem - Nitto PearlTape - Brooks leatherSaddle - Brooks SwiftSeatpost, Headset, Pedals - Campagnolo Record 1988 NOSHubs - Campagnolo Record 1997 NOS (32 hole)Wheel Rims - Mavic Open ProTyres - Continental Grand Prix ClassicBottle cages - Nitto 'R'RegardsNick