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Mercier Road Bike 74 Improved Restoration.

Old 03-27-21, 04:11 AM
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Mercier Road Bike 74 Improved Restoration.

Hello,
This is Nasos ,i am from Greece and i did a restoration but not in the classic way.
Some heavy damaged parts were replaced and installed new ones to make a better cycle for road use.
This was my brother's bike and it was in a warehouse for more than 35 years not in good storage conditions.
During the guarantine period i need to find something to be creative,and the first thing that came in my mind was the old mercier.
It took one and a half month to be done,and i did everything except the sandblast(i dont have that kind of equipment)
.All photos are before and after.
All parts(depending on the amount of damage they had)are cleaned,with hot water and soap,then with dremel ,metal brush ,then scotch bright,and after that with sand papers from 80 up to 2500 to have the right result,and polish.
All photos are before and after.
Please Enjoy.
Lets start with the shifters







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Old 03-27-21, 04:17 AM
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The Rear Derailleur.





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Old 03-27-21, 04:24 AM
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Brakes the most difficult part,it took about a day's job per part








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Old 03-27-21, 04:31 AM
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Rims
The front rim was in good repairable condition but the rear it wasn;t .The rear rim was not original(dea)so i change both of them with dt swiss 535 ,with sapim race spokes .






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Very nice. This is a bit of a tease though. Where is the bike?
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Very nice. This is a bit of a tease though. Where is the bike?
Thats the spirit of presentation

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That's a big job getting that bike up and running. Looking forward to seeing the bike when it's done.
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And finally the bike it self









You are free to comment or ask anything you like.
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Old 03-27-21, 05:26 AM
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Well done!
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One of the better looking restoration jobs that I've seen in a while on BF. That was a lot of work and the bike came out great.
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Very nice. And does your brother want it back now?
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That is impressive, especially the amount of work put into it.

But a black seat post? The bike calls out for a silver post, IMHO.
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Very nice results...well worth the effort... 👍
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Great job!
I like your choice of paint colors.
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Nice work, enjoy!
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
One of the better looking restoration jobs that I've seen in a while on BF. That was a lot of work and the bike came out great.
Thank you very much ,i am very pleased for your comment.
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Very nice. And does your brother want it back now?
When i had finished the paint work he came in the house ,he past the frame ,he stops ,return and ask me ,is this the bike? And now he order a set of decals as a present
But a black seat post? The bike calls out for a silver post, IMHO.[/QUOTE]
If you see the parallel lines from side(seat post and fork)are blackish and silver gold,but thank you for your suggestion.
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Great job!
I like your choice of paint colors.
Brent
Everything started from the red brake washers,so i need a color to be have red but to be dark that can match with black,and so porsche mahogany metallic is the one and the other is a red gold silver from subaru and hyundai(i don't remember the color name).When i found the colors i choose the red cables,and brake pads,also the black shift wires ,because i want them to be invisible.

Thank you very much all of you.
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Nice refurbish....! Nice to see an old Mercier up & running 👍
My1st road bike was a Mercier. Crashed it one nite while riding while it was near dark. Wrecked it by all accounts w/ a bent frame & fork. Lesson learned...
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Very nice, good job, well done, please believe me when I tell you this is not lost on us, many pitfalls here that you navigated better than most.

It would appear you are not new to this, when do you start on the red upright bike in the back?
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Very nice!
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Nice refurbish....! Nice to see an old Mercier up & running 👍
My1st road bike was a Mercier. Crashed it one nite while riding while it was near dark. Wrecked it by all accounts w/ a bent frame & fork. Lesson learned...
I hope that you don't get injured ,and i wish you to buy one again for your collection.

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@coolmind

Very nice, good job, well done, please believe me when I tell you this is not lost on us, many pitfalls here that you navigated better than most.

It would appear you are not new to this, when do you start on the red upright bike in the back?
I like to fix-repair or build new items on many categories. Twelve years ago i worked as a cycle mechanic in a shop,but this is my first total restoration. The red bike in the back is a single speed cruiser from Hungarian Pannonia, i will fix it but after summer period.

Thank you for your kind words.
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I hope that you don't get injured ,and i wish you to buy one again for your collection.
I was much younger then, so my injuries were inconsequental, but the bike was wrecked beyond repair. I did go out and buy another bike. A new '74 Motobecane Grand Record (frame only). A retired French racer owned a bike shop near me & had the frame hanging on the wall. Bought it on the spot & slowly built it up w/ Campy Super Record Cmpnts. Road it for years until I purchased a Colnago, but still own, ride & maintain the Moto Grand Record...as it gives me good memories of years gone by...40+ years later. Recently upraded it to an 8-speed w/ a new rear derailluer & freewheel...

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Absolutely fantastic restoration! The end product looks beautiful. You are a dedicated man!
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