MY "TEN SPEEDS"

 

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197? MERCIER GENTLEMAN - INTRODUCTION

Not all "Ten Speeds" have ten gears.  Some do, indeed, have ten gear choices, but many have less, or more.  This lovely "as found" old Mercier roadster sports only five gears, but still falls into the "Ten Speed" category.

Merciers were of French origin and offered a fairly wide assortment of bicycles, ranging from the entry level, chrome less steeds to their top racing dog, the Mercier Professional.  The lovely old five speed Mercier, presented here, is pretty much barn fresh.  It is presented in near Roadster trim and would offer a very relaxed ride, once restored or refurbished, depending on one's interests.

Mercier bicycles were, like many French made bicycles, poorly constructed.  This statement is based on my personal experience.  Of all the different bicycles, that have found their way into The Old Shed, the Mercier shows the most assembly flaws, this old roadster being no exception.

Quality of construction aside, these beautiful old bicycles still offered a wonder vintage appeal, coupled with the famed ride quality offered by many, if not most, French bicycles of the day.  A bicycle, like the Mercier, would find itself in direct competition with such other entry to mid level vintage Velo wonders as the Peugeot, Gitane, Jeunet and Lejeune.  Italian bikes, of similar quality and target audience, would include Torpado, Chiorda, Bottecchia and even some of the more mundane Bianchi bicycles offered then.  English bicycles that would find themselves going head to head with the Mercier include Raleigh, Holdsworth and a veritable host of others to numerous to mention.

In other words, the Mercier Gentleman found itself in a highly competitive market, back in the late sixties and early seventies.  Manufactured in fairly large numbers, more than a few Mercier bicycles have found their way to North America and many remain intact today, just waiting for someone, like you or me, to find and restore them.

The Gentleman is not a high end bicycle, by any stretch of the imagination.  But it is pretty old, best guess as to vintage being late sixties or early seventies.  The bicycle "as found" was very original, mechanically sound and reasonably presentable, from a cosmetics perspective.  Presentable and little more.  Though the patina earned over the bicycle's near half century of life was not too bad, the failed paint did suggest that new paint and art would be in order at some point in the bicycle's future.

NEXT - A NEW HOME FOR THE GENTLEMAN

 

 

 

 

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