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My Mercier’s specification

Specification that I bought my Mercier in as follows:

Frame: 28/26 steel

Bar Tape: kermit green

Brake Levers/Brifters: Mafac
Brake Calipers: Mafac

Shifters: Simplex
Front Derailleur: Simplex
Rear Derailleur: Sachs Huret Eco Mk11

Cassette: 5 speed Maillard  – 14 -24

Cranks: Solida

Pedals: Lyotard

Rims: Lyotard on the Front, Nisi on the back
Hubs: Normandy Luxe on the front – non descript on the back
Hub Skewers: Maillard

Tyres: Rather crusty Hutchinsons

Saddle: Selle Royal Course

Weight: Quite a bit but not as heavy as some.

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Mercier bikes – a French Legend


Late 70's Mercier


Ok I’ll admit I’m a bike nut / anorak. Ever since I was eight or nine I have had an (un)healthy fascination in racing bikes and the Tour de France.

Looking for a winter project I decided I was going to buy a vintage bike of eBay. I came accross this Mercier, paid my cash and picked it up from a bloke called Dave in Barnsley. Part of my project was not only to upgrade / restore the bike using as many parts from the correct era as possible but also research the bikes history.

This is where the fun starts as their is no definitive history that I could find via Google (or Goggle as they call it in France). I’ve therefore started this blog to share what information I have found to help other Mercier (and French bike) enthusiasts.