Here we have a very nice Mercian Olympic from 1977. The frame is in excellent condition for its 40 plus years, free of dents or dings and with super straight tubes. The paintwork is good, but there are some marks and a little pitting on the top tube, however with some polish these are not very noticeable and it’s always nice to have an original finish! Components include a lovely Stronglight 49D 170mm chainset with a single 48t chainring mated to a very smooth Stronglight bottom bracket. The headset is a lovely T.D.C Italia with excellent chrome, and the Reynolds 531 forks turn freely. The rear mech is a clean Shimano 600 and the single Simplex downtube lever is the best shifting lever of the period. Hubs are early Shimano High Flange from the mid 1970s laced to rare Super Champion ‘Record’ Tubs. The spokes are chrome and are suffering from a little pitting, but they remain strong and both wheels are true.The old cotton tubulars could do with replacing, if serious riding is the goal, but they do hold plenty of air.This pure road machine has no provision for mudguards and has thus been set up for fast road pursuits. It rides very well with all the typical Mercian ride characteristics. Its light, and supple and is a really nice example!