I found this lovely Mercian track bike, offered up from a seller in Britain. 1988 Professional model with original paint. And even though I need another bike like I need . . . well . . . another bike, I just couldn't pass it by. I'm such a sucker for these things. Of course, if I'd found it after last week's Brexit vote, the cost to me would have come down some more, but it's still a lovely find.
The flamboyant blue paint was a bit dull, and there were plenty of tiny little nicks in the paint, but on the whole it was in very good shape. I was able to do some touch-ups, and a bit of effort with a soft cloth and some polishing compound brought back a lot of the paint's original gloss.
|The lugs on this bike are Prugnat 62D, which have long points, and a small "scroll" detail cut into them. But the really cool piece here is the fork crown. . .|
|These pictures previously appeared in a couple of posts from this blog's earlier days - Lovely Fork Crowns, Parts I and II. There you can see the crown in its raw state, and with a bit of machining to pretty it up.|
|A look at the upper head lug. After the Nervex Professional, those Prugnats are among my favorite lugs out of the box. The long points and that little scroll detail have such a well-balanced, classic look that's hard to beat.|