Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mercier Service des Courses

Finally got the Mercier Service des Courses
back together...
after quite a few hours of cleaning and polishing..
...I had this pile of shiny parts...
...another hour or two of assembling..
 ..I was left with very nice 1977ish Mercier Service des Courses.
And as we all love Raymond Poulidor, I now have the right
 bike to take out for a spin, after spending the evening reading
1960'/70's  Miroir-Sprint magazines.
I have only taken it out for one run so far, The Simplex SLJ
worked beautifully. Although you would hope so, as this 
Gold anodized SLJ wasn't far off the price of the Campagnolo
Record gear at the time.


The Mafac brakes also worked well, although took
a bit of time set up just right.

So I would say, a nice bike overall, not in the same 
league frame wise as a TI Raleigh, but then this isn't
really a team replica bike either. 


 Nice Maillad 700/AVA wheel set, helped set off 
the whole package.
Joop Zoetemelk in yellow for Mercier.
Barry Hoban, winner of 8 TDF stages, rode for Mercier
through out most of his career.
  

It does have quite a few nice little touch's to remind you that it
is something a bit special though.
The gold lining, slotted main lugs and of course the individual
number on the head badge, only seen on the
 Mercier Service des Courses. But my favorite thing on the bike
is the ideal Robour saddle, the first I have used, and I loved it.
 So I would say, if you like your bikes to come wrapped in a bit
of cycling lore, as I do, or you like something a bit out of the
ordinary group set wise, see if you can find one of these.
They are not outrageously expensive, probably one of the better
classic buys on the market (in my humble opinion).

Pou-Pou


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Another Mitchell

Yes another Mitchell, what can I say,
well all I can say is that I love these bikes.
 New Zealand's very own 
TI Raleigh/Olmo Competition/Peugeot PY 10.
More about their history here

This one came up from the bottom of the South Island.
It is in very original condition, running a nearly full
Shimano 600 group set.
After a few hours of cleaning and regreasing,
I took it out for it's maiden voyage today. 
The only thing I changed was the brutal straight cut
TT cluster for a more appropriate set, 
no need to hurt myself, especially at my age!
The wheel set was also a pleasant surprise, 
Suntour Superbe, with what I think are Mavic OR & or 10's,
36X36 nice and light.
I found it a real pleasure to ride, once I had got over the
  shock of the Concor saddle, which I initially thought I might
have to turn around and change for something else. 
After 10-15 km's it sort came right with me...
600 group set works well of course, a little clunky, but
then I guess it was seriously affordable,compared with
the Dura Ace/Nuvo Record at the time.




Friday, July 10, 2015

PX 10 Update

A while back I found a 1978(?) Peugeot PX 10, 
which didn't have many of it's original components 
left aboard. I did a post here about the beginnings
of that rebuild.
Well here is the finished machine, which I actually
finished quite a while back, a very stylish French
road bike, from a manufacturer with an almost 
unmatched competition history,
hence their well deserved following.




Simplex 410 derailleurs, simple to set up,
nice to use, and (importantly) look pretty good...
especially good for a mid range ensemble.


One of the main reasons I haven't posted this yet, 
was that I didn't have an original
 French wheel set running on the bike.
I finally put together this set of Normandy Luxe Competition
hubs with Super Champion rims...now the bike is complete.
Stronglight crankset..of course
Mafac LS brake set, not quite period.  
At lest they are French.


The Mercier Service des Courses Project.

 I have long been a big fan of Pou-Pou 
other wise known as Raymond Poulidor,
you can check out his incredible record here.
So of course this means, I have always lusted after 
one of the pink Mercier machines that Pou Pou always
raced....
While Peugeot PX 10 are thin on the ground here in 
New Zealand, Merciers are pretty well non  existent,
 a Mercier Service des Courses, which is their equivalent
to the PX 10 or Team Raleigh, forget about it.
So I finally had to take matters into my on hands 
and sell a couple of treasurers to fund
 the import of  a respectable Mercier from France.

I wanted one that had the gold Mafac Simplex SLJ groupset, 
which I know is kind of tacky, but what can I say...
Although this model wasn't used by the Mercier team
in the late 1970's, because unlike Peugeot, who where still
using a full French group set, the Mercier team had
finally gone all Campagnolo.
But you know full campy race bikes are a dime a dozen
how many do you see with a full French gruppo?
After a few months of searching one finally surfaced that fitted
the bill, and the owner was very helpful in finding a reasonably 
cheap service to get it here.
The Mercier Service des Courses as unpacked.

And about an hour later....
Ready for cleaning and reassembly, sounds so easy. 


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

1930's Fleet Special

This New Plymouth built Fleet Special, had
a very hard life as a track racer on the Western Springs
Speedway track. 
Apparently they would have some bike racing  on 
the track before the cars ripped up the track.
The frame was pretty battered and bruised, with many dents 
and repairs showing up once the paint was removed.
After many hours filling and sanding, the mighty
Fleet Special is once again ready for action.
The Fleet Special has a strong historical link in
it's home town of New Plymouth, with many local
riders riding them to victory in the classic
Round the Mountain race.



 This one is off back to New Plymouth
were it is going on display, and into a 
much deserved retirement.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

RIH SPORT PISTA TRACK

Here is a lovey little 1960's(?)
Dutch RIH Sport track frame I have just 
finished restoring.
This frame set was in a pretty sorry state when
I got it. But after a serious bit of love it is back to 
it's former glory.

RIH Sport were raced by many name riders including 6 Day
star and Directeur sportif of the TI Raleigh team the 
notorious hard man Peter Post.
This is my tribute to him.

Apparently Post only rode RIH Sport frames, regardless
of who he was riding for.



As these decals weren't available, I had the whole set
recreated, (which was a real mission) I am extremely
pleased with the result.
This drilled rear bridge is one of the trade marks of a RIH
built track machine.

A great looking frame from any angle.