Classic Lightweights UK
Mercian Super Bi-laminated 1950
Owned by: John Crump
The C1950 Mercian Catalogue, page4 shows. Super Bi-laminated frame for £19-19-00. The Frame is for the connoisseur, bi-laminated on all lugs with 3" extensions under all tubes, built to customers own specification. This bike in 2006 won 'The Best British Bike' at LeCirque in Greensboro, I did also show it with sprints and tubs on the Cyclo carriers.
Head showing Nervex Professional lugs with bi-laminated extended tangs below the tubes
GB stem and Binda bars
Seat cluster and Brooks B37 saddle
John's Mercian fitted with sprints as done in the 50's. Sprint wheels on alloy carriers with extra strap for security.
On arriving at race event the saddlebag and mudguards came off and the sprints replaced the 'pressures'.
After the event the procedure was reversed and the set-up was often ridden for an extra hundred miles or so on a club run.
John's Mercian in its latest guise with wood sprints fitted September 2011
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