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The Mercian shop in the 1950’s still evokes strong and happy memories amongst cyclists of Derby and beyond.
Alan Gifford, life member of the Derby Mercury, remembers the shop being known locally as “Crowbars” (relating to the surnames of founders Tom Crowther and Lou Barker) and recalling the frame building workshop in the late forties.
Carter did manage to claim the fifth frame, but a confident Allen then overturned sizeable deficits in the next two with runs of 72 and 67 respectively, and it was not long before he completed a routine victory.
Much to the amusement of the assembled journalists, Allen turned up for his post-match press conference with his mouth covered by a piece of tape and initially sat silent for around 15 seconds.
There were all sorts of equipment hanging on the walls and we used to watch the careful filing of the lugs, to produce attractive designs, before they were assembled and brazed up as frame & forks” This photo was taken outside London Road Mercian shop in 1950, when members of the Mercury Cycling Club met for their run to Whitemeadows’ Youth Hostel. All the railway apprentices who were cycling enthusiasts made their way to the shop in their dinner breaks to ogle at equipment they would have to save up for.
Eventually becoming experienced club cyclists and winning racing lads In 1965 a larger purpose-built workshop was built on Pontefract Street, off Ascot Drive, Derby – where craftsmen of Mercian Cycles still hand-build and finish frames today continuing to use the traditional methods to create frames that are recognised worldwide for the quality of workmanship, accuracy of construction and beautiful long lasting finish.Allow vision-impaired customers to see themselves virtually in new frames while wearing their existing glasses.Show customers their favorite pairs side-by-side and enable them to share with family and friends via email, text or social media for trusted style advice.This list is by no means exhaustive, but contains some very famous and innovative machines.Ridden by: Gino Bartali In 1940 Campagnolo invented the Cambio Corsa derailleur.At Mercian we are proud of the heritage, history and traditional frame-building methods still used today.