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Mercian  - 1954 (ex-Dave Keeler)

Dave Keeler Mercian

Frame 25"  -  Frame No.  36254:  531 DB tubing -  Finish in red; cable eyes under top tube – cable guide BB plus cable stop on chainstay - 24” top tube - 00" bottom bracket height - 17¾" chainstays - 40¾" wheelbase. Frame painted by Mario Vaz
Wheels 27” Weinmann HP rims with Airlite LF G/f hubs 32/40 with 15/17 DB spokes
Chainset Stronglight alloy cotterless with TA double rings
Pedals Chater Lea
Gears Campag Nuovo Record  rear and Campag Gran Sport (matchbox) front
Brakes GB Coureur with early Superhood levers
Stem/Bars Titan steel stem with Titan Maes bars with engraved ferrule
Saddle Brooks B17 Narrow
Extra details This machine was owned by Dave Keeler of the Vegetarian C & A C.  It was built for him by Mercian in 1954 with Paris/Roubaix rear ends.  He used it for much of his time-trialling until at least 1958 when it  was Dave’s back-up machine for his Land’s End to John O’Groats record.  He later had the rear ends converted to normal Campag road ends.   

In 1954 Mercian used the Vigorelli lugs on their track frame only but this was a one-off for them to be fitted to this road frame.
  The Vigorelli lugs were later used on the Vincitore frames.

Mercian DK 2s head/fork
Mercian DK 3 head lugs
Mercian DK 5 s seat cluster

Above: images of Vigorelli / Vincitore lugs on this frame

Below: Image showing measurements of this machine when equipped with Paris/Roubaix gear
Dave had the rear ends changed to Campag 1958 or shortly after
Dave Keeler Mercian measurements