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My new/old Merckx SS(8 posts)

My new/old Merckx SSswmrdrn
Apr 8, 2003 9:42 AM
I finished my first single speed last weekend and what a blast it is to ride. In keeping in the tradition I tried to build it all out of my parts bin. Still had to buy a BMX freewheel, chain, shorter chain ring bolds and spokes for the rear wheel. Total cost for conversion was under $50. Of course it helps if you have a bunch of parts lying around 

There are the specs:

Eddy Merckx, SL tubes, circa 1983 (I'm the original owner)
Super Record cranks (pristine condition)
Super Record bottom bracket (pristine condition)
Super Record front brake caliper (excellent condition)
Super Record Rear hub re-spaced for new chainline (excellent condition)
Super Record Seatpost (excellent condition)
Record Front Hub (1999)
Record Aero Levers (had them for an old tri bike)
Cinelli Stem
Modolo Bars

I got to tell you, I am enjoying it so much that part of me wants to have a frame builder put those nice Paul rear fork ends on, remove the braze-ons and have the hole thing repainted. Of course that would ruin the value of this great old frame/fork but it would be fun to have and ride.

Repaint it? Noooooo!!!!madstork
Apr 8, 2003 11:07 AM
Very, very nice looking bike. I love that Merckx paint scheme and lettering. And the parts go great with it. Enjoy!
Repaint it? Noooooo!!!!swmrdrn
Apr 8, 2003 11:12 AM
If you saw the paint up close you would understand. That frame has 40,000+ miles on it. It has been well maintained but nothing hides all the chips. If I repainted it it would be the same scheme including decals.
if you can replicate the original paintdesmo
Apr 8, 2003 7:32 PM
than do it! that would look incredible with track ends and no braze-ons. although in my opinion, if you go to all that trouble then you must round-can the BMX freewheel and build up a nice track hub for out back and go fixed.
nice...same frame (almost)JS Haiku Shop
Apr 9, 2003 5:54 AM
2001/2002 merckx strada os--columbus brain, chorus 10, open pros. hoizontal rear dropout, but gears included (gasp!).


nice...same frame (almost)swmrdrn
Apr 10, 2003 2:07 PM
Great riding bike isn't it. I had my 10sp record group on it at the end of 1999 then moved the group over to a differnt bike. Now the Record group is on my Calfee and I have to tell you... That old Merckx with the 10sp Record is the best handling and most comfortable bike I have ever ridden.

rockin' bici bro .....Spirito
Apr 9, 2003 10:42 PM
if your happy with the way it is i dont see that the expense of adding track dropouts and removing the brazeons will make it much better save for aesthetics. getting all that done plus a repaint and finding the right decals is neither cheap nor simple. as it is you can simply rebuild it for geared riding or as the smart looking single speed it now is.

i love patina and the miles that a frameset proudly wears. it can only be original once and save for rust and damage that impairs its ride that classic dont need a thing.

heck, your the original owner - 20 years for which every scratch and mark is your story ..... add another 20 years worth of love and then consider getting that baby some new clothes.

Absolutely wonderful (but don't alter the frame!!!)Tig
Apr 21, 2003 6:04 PM
As a devoted single speed conversion junkie who has ground off the derailleur hanger, cable guides, etc., from my lugged Romic, I have to step in with a personal viewpoint. I own a newer Merckx and love the classic older ones like yours. Run it as single speed for years if you like, but please, please don't do anything to the frame that would make converting it back to the original derailleur bike impossible. I love single speeds, but yours is a classic in any form, including geared. Restoring it with new paint would be cool though. OK, I'll get off my soap box now. :-)