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Mercian (Tom Crowther) - 1958

Submitted by Simon Penfold


1958 Tom Crowther Mercian - Frame No: 58481; seat tube 22¾", Reynolds 531 DB tubing, 39" wheelbase, 10½" bottom bracket height
Fiamme Red Label 700 sprints on Airlite large-flange hubs 32/40
Chainset Stronglight cranks with TA 50T ring
Pedals Shown with Lyotard Faucheux, usually Chater-Lea Sprints with GB toeclips
Gears Single-speed fixed with 17T sprocket
Brakes GB Superhood lever with Weinmann 500 caliper
Stem/Bars  Titan stem with GB bars
Saddle Brooks B17 Champion Flyer with Reynolds seatpost
Extra details This 1958 Mercian was made for Tom Crowther. It has been suggested to me that this may be the earliest example of what was to become Mercians Superlight lugset.The bike is in original, very good condition. I don't think it had the chainset pictured originally, I have a photograph of it being ridden by its second owner (Ron Owen), and it looks to have a continental looking set, perhaps Gnutti. The wheels were also different having 28 hole Airlite LF mated to very slim Fiamme rims; I have these but as I am no lightweight I had the current wheels made up.

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Two images showing the head lugs designed for this frame'
also stop-watch and bell on bars/stem

Seat cluster and down-tube paintwork
Top tube pump peg on this road/path configuration