Friday, April 29, 2016

Jims lovely 1972 Vincitore

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

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Warren from Texas shares his bike with us.

I 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,

Plano, TX

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Nicks 853 Vincitore

Hi All

I 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 speed 
Handlebars - Nitto Noodle 
Stem - Nitto Pearl 
Tape - Brooks leather 
Saddle - Brooks Swift 
Seatpost, Headset, Pedals - Campagnolo Record 1988 NOS
Hubs - Campagnolo Record 1997 NOS (32 hole)
Wheel Rims - Mavic Open Pro 
Tyres - Continental Grand Prix Classic
Bottle cages - Nitto 'R'



Thanks Nick for the email and picture.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Easter Holiday opening times 2016

Due to good weather :) The shop will be closing early on Saturday 26th March 
Thank you 

Thursday, February 04, 2016

The new Path Racer

Introducing our new Path Racer. We are only making 10 of this model a true limited edition. Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub, Brooks saddle and tape with Paul component brakes and bar end levers  with Nitto bars, stem and seat pin all add to this quality machine. Order a size only and one could be yours. A great looking bike I'm sure you agree. For further details please give us a call at the shop.