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Mercian - 1954 (ex-Dave Keeler)

Posted: Wednesday 19th August 2020

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Frame25" - 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
Wheels27” Weinmann HP rims with Airlite LF G/f hubs 32/40 with 15/17 DB spokes
ChainsetStronglight alloy cotterless with TA double rings
PedalsChater Lea
GearsCampag Nuovo Record rear and Campag Gran Sport (matchbox) front
BrakesGB Coureur with early Superhood levers
Stem/BarsTitan steel stem with Titan Maes bars with engraved ferrule
SaddleBrooks B17 Narrow
Extra detailsThis 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.

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Posted: Wednesday 19th August 2020

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