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1969 Mercier 300

This bike was bought in France by a friend of a friend when she started college in Paris back in 1968. While she earned her college degree she also, on this bike, toured all over Europe. This Mercier 300 has been around.

Frame:
Reynolds 531

Fork/Headset:
Reynolds 531 / Stronglight Competition

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Stronglight BB / Stronglight 93 crankset

Pedals:
Lyotard

Derailleurs/Shifters:
Simplex

Handlebars/Stem:
Gerry Burgess (GB)

Saddle/Seatpost:
Leather branded Mercier / Simplex

Brakes:
MAFAC Competition

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
AVA rim / Campagnolo hub and skewer / Hutchinson tubular tire

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
AVA rim / Normandy hub and Maillard Skewer / Hutchinson tubular tire

Added by TomA. Last updated almost 5 years ago.

5 Comments

Ashok_Captain

Ashok_Captain says:

Pure genius restoration! Thank you for sharing the bike as well as your rust removal and touch up magic! Cheers!

Posted almost 5 years ago

quixoticle

quixoticle says:

The transformation here is quite stunning - what was your process for removing the rust? Is this a full repaint?

Posted almost 5 years ago

TomA

TomA says:

Phosphoric acid solution on the chrome and bare steel. Oxalic acid on the painted areas. Also a lot of brass wire brushing. The paint is original, slightly yellowed. I matched this color and filled in the chips and scratches and airbrushed to blend. The pinstripes are original. I did a lot of careful masking to preserve them.

Posted almost 5 years ago

TomA

TomA says:

Also, all the components, clips, brackets, fasteners etc. are original.

Posted almost 5 years ago

quixoticle

quixoticle says:

Thank you for responding! I might try some of that oxalic acid on the Colnago Master I recently purchased, which has some light rusting on the top tube in a small area. Your efforts really paid off here - I would be so happy to see this result if I were the original owner, to see it brought back to life. Bravo!

Posted almost 5 years ago