Friday, July 25, 2014

Johns King of Mercia

To all at Mercian,

Just a quick e-mail to say how pleased I am with my KoM frame which I collected a few weeks ago.
I have now built her up and I hope you agree that she looks lovely – see attached pics.
The paint finish is stunning (flamboyant ruby red), particularly in the sun where it takes on a really deep hue.

The handling on the road is great. I ordered the race geometry frame to remind me of the bikes I used to ride many moons ago (although I mostly intend to use the bike as a “coffee shop cruiser” around the local lanes).
Running the bars a couple of cm’s below the saddle gives me a very comfortable ride, but still very responsive. The brooks saddle will take a bit of breaking in though.

I live a long way from you in the South East, so I have never come across a Mercian before in the Surrey Hills and Sussex lanes. This means that the bike generates a lot of interest at the cake stops, standing out a mile from the matt black carbon crowd. Although currently kitted out with a modest gear train, the quality of the frame shines through and she attracts a lot of lingering glances.

Once again, thanks to everybody involved in building her.

Best Regards

Peters new Audax

Hi Ray,
Have now transfered all the bits from my old bike to the new Audex frame you built for me. All fitted well, rides superb and looks great. Thank you so much, appreciate all your help and advice. Photo attached.

Best regards,


Johns 1976 Superlight

1976 Superlight
I bought the frame second hand last autumn and built it up over the winter. The finish, which I think is probably original was in good condition so no cosmetic work has been carried out other than cleaning. The components are mainly a mixture of Campagnolo and Suntour with 3ttt Gimondi bars and stem, Brooks Ti Swift saddle. Royce 28 hole hubs were built up with Halo Retro rims with Halo skewers and Vittoria Rubino tyres. Of course it’s a great ride and it felt right ‘straight out of the box’, a superb machine, light, quick and sure-footed; my ultimate summer bike; I love it!

Andys Pro-Lugless

I just wanted to say a big thank you for helping me identify my 653 pro Lugless. I found it for sale, unwanted and quite neglected at a local bike shop.
Not only could you help me identify the model, but also the builder as Tony.
It is, even in it's current spec., the best bike I have owned and rides beautifully. It has chromed Shimano dropouts and a Cinelli bottom bracket, ITM carbon forks, a mixture of Shimano equipment and newish Omega rims.
I plan to begin a restoration later this year with your help, hopefully with a new pair of matching Reynolds forks and top-end period equipment.
I have attached a picture of it on a training ride in Shackerstone, Leicestershire.
Many thanks, Andy 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Rays ride out

Fancy a morning ride out. New to the scene or a veteran bike rider.  Meet Ray at the shop and go for a  jaunt in the sun.