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Eddy Merckx frame question
#1
I inherited a bike with an Eddy Merckx frame about a year ago.  I'm having trouble identifying the model.  I know the frame has been painted, but I don't know what the original colors were.  The paint job has obscured the serial number a bit, but it looks to be M9-6520.  This number doesn't appear on any of the online lists/resources I've identified.  I think it is from the mid- early-80s.  I was hoping that someone might identify some signature characteristics of the frame so I can learn a little about it.  

Also - is there any reason I shouldn't be riding this bike?  I have another aluminum frame bike I ride when it's wet or damp, but I prefer the Merckx for feel and sentimental reasons.  But, I'd hate to damage it.  I ride about 25-50 miles a week.

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Thanks in advance,
Arne
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#2
If you like it? Ride it. It's not good for anything else.
"Where ever we go, there we are"
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(09-18-2015, 11:14 PM)elmore leonard Wrote:  If you like it? Ride it. It's not good for anything else.

I hear ya, that's my perspective too. But, my concern is that the previous owner put LOTS of miles on the bike, and I've heard that there is a finite lifespan to a frame. I've been told that a bike like this is a "Parade Bike" and should only have limited use. I'm not sure if that is being too cautious or not.
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#4
Poppy cock! take care of it and keep it maintained and ride with pride! not hurting a thing, Steel is real! should outlast you!
There are two kinds of people in the world, "Those who help themselves to people, and those who help people!"
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#5
the frame and fork will out live your grand kids if ridden every day.

the wheels - I am not a fan of that style; I am old fashion in that regard.
Nigel
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