If you like pink (and not just any pink, either, but this hot hue), then this would be the bike for you.
MERCIER Classic Road Bike 56cm RESTORED! – $800 (Williamsburg)
Up for sale is a fully restored, top of the line Mercier “Service Des Courses” racing bicycle. The pink “Service Des Courses” is the iconic Mercier racing bike of the 70’s and 80’s, on par with the Peugeot PX10 or Gitane “Tour de France”. It was hand-made in France from Reynolds 531 steel and features Simplex dropouts. The lugs are long-point and have cool arrow-head shaped windows carved in them.
The drivetrain is all Simplex, from the LJ derailleurs, to the famous retrofriction shifters, to the original Simplex cable clips and guides. The Stronglight crank still has its bright shiny chrome. It has French pedal threads and has French-threaded Ofmega road pedals installed. It has a modern sealed bottom bracket from Velo-Orange with sealed bearings and a chromed spindle. The saddle is the original Mercier edition Selle San Marco. The brakes are a matched set of Modolo Course calipers and levers. The wheelset features Grimeca hubs with French threading for the freewheel, which is a 6-speed Sachs-Maillard. The rims are Vuelta and the classic skinwall tires are Michelin. The tires are in very good condition with no dry rot or cracks.
I completely restored the frame set: the original paint was in bad condition, so I stripped it to the steel and then had it repainted in a shade of pink as close to the original that I could find. Reproduction decals were then added, again matching the original decals exactly, with several coats of automotive clear coat over the decals to protect them. The only change was that I could not find a reproduction Reynolds 531 sticker. The chrome fork had some rust, which I removed and polished out. All components received a thorough cleaning in an ultrasonic bath, followed by servicing and tune-up. The shift cables, brake cables, cable housing, brake lever hoods, chain, and handle bar wrap are all brand new. It has one small dent in the chainstay, about 2mm. It occurred before the repaint and as a result is barely visible.
It is a size medium, with a 56cm seat tube (measured center-to-center) and a 57cm top tube (measured center to center). Fits male and female riders 5′ 10 to 6′ 2″. It shifts easily and has no mechanical issues at all. Ready to ride or display in your collection!