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Mercian (Professional?) - 1968

Owned by: Martyn Parkes

Mercian Parkes RB 1



Frame
1968 Mercian track, appears to be a 'Professional' model going by the frame dimensions, prugnat lugs, long point reinforced bottom bracket shell etc. Frame No-68351, 1968 (1st year of manufacture I believe for the 'Professional'). 23" seat tube; The 23" frame/forks feature original chrome & graphics with Campagnolo dropouts, wrapover seat cluster with allen head fastening and a typical twin plate fork crown drilled with provision for a front brake. 39" wheelbase, 16" chainstays, 11" bottom bracket height.
Wheels
The 700c sprint wheels are ex-Tony Doyle featuring Campag Record hubs, Mavic Argentino rims, chrome db spokes tied & soldered, Schwalbe Stelvio dual compound tubs. Wheels due to be replaced with period 'Nisi' rims and more suitable gearing is also on the list of jobs.
Chainset Stronglight 49D short 165mm track cranks, TA 59t chainring,Campag b/b axle & cups, 
Pedals Lyotard Berthet platform pedals, Christophe Special toe clips with Alfredo Binda straps
Gears Single-speed fixed
Brakes N/A
Stem/Bars I believe the bars (alloy) are Bailey track drops and the dropped extension (steel) is Reynolds 531 but make unknown
Saddle Ideale Competition TD90 saddle with duralumin alloy undercarriage and saddle support
Extra details Rides well, ultra responsive and although not a concours example it is very original

Mercian Parkes RB 2
Stronglight 49D short 165mm track cranks
Mercian Parkes RB 3
Ideale Competition TD90 saddle

Mercian Parkes RB 4
Mercian twin-plate fork crown
Mercian Parkes RB 5
 Long point reinforced bottom bracket shell etc.