OK, this is the first vintage bicycle I bought. The seller, a guy from Flen, Sweden had two bikes as part of another deal. I managed to talk to price down from 800 SEK to 500 SEK (about 55 Euro), which in my opinion is still a little too much for the status of the bike.

General Condition of the Mercier (when bought):

  • frame is in good condition, but the paint has gone in some parts.
  • the pedals were replaced by some plastic pedals
  • the wheels are original, but the rust is visible on the rims.
  • the handlebar is OK, but I’d change the tape.
  • the shifters seem to work
  • the saddle is ugly – to replace with a good looking vintage racer saddle
  • the rims were rusty

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