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Mercian welded frame - 1949

Owned by: Peter Underwood

Mercian welded 3-450

I had never ridden a Mercian until I tried one in 2007,  I enjoyed riding it so much it inspired me to restore this welded frame which was sitting unloved in our garage. What clinched it was when I found that I could get the correct transfers which are of an earlier type, as shown below. Although the frame had braze-ons for gears the rear ends were only 105mm so I could only squeeze in (and it was a squeeze) a four-speed block to go with the Simplex Tour de France gear. Again it rides beautifully.


Frame Mercian welded frame - number 4953 (1949); road ends;  24” to top of top tube - 24½” to top of clamp;  23¾” top tube;  17” chainstays;  74° head 72° seat;  brazed-on down tube Simplex gear lever boss plus BB pulley and cable eye on chainstay;  brake eyes under top tube;  pump pegs rear nearside of seat tube;  grease nipple BB;  mudguard eyes on ends:    Forks oval to round with 2¾” rake. Original finish copied by Mario Vaz
Wheels 27" Weinmann rims on Bayliss Wiley SF hubs 15/17 DB spokes
Chainset Chater Lea steel 6½” chainset with round cranks and 46 x 3/32 chainring
Pedals Lyotard with Christophe toeclips and straps
Gears Simplex Tour de France 4-speed with Simplex braze-on lever with wing nut adjuster - 4-speed block 15-24 teeth
Brakes GB Coureur front and rear brake with early Superhood levers - white cables
Stem/Bars GB alloy spearpoint stem - 3½" with  GB Maes Alloy bars 38cm
Saddle Brooks B15 Swallow
Extra details Model with early transfers, down tube ‘MERCIAN’ cascades rather than side by side lettering.  Head badge has names of both Crowther and Barker. Fitted with dark green Bluemels mudguards for winter riding.

Mercian welded 5-220
Rear end showing seat clamp for welded frame
Mercian welded 12-220
Front end with period Simplex gear lever and GB Coureur brake
Mercian welded 14-220
Original paintwork reproduced with early seat tube transfer

Mercian welded 7-293
Drive chain with Chater chainset, Simplex Tour de France gear
 and GB wingnuts 
Mercian welded 15-220
Very early Mercian down tube
transfers