About Mercian Cycles

Beautiful, Bespoke Bicycles

At Mercian, we are all committed to hand building beautiful bespoke bicycles, after all we have been doing precisely that since 1946. Following the second World War Messers Crowther & Barker founded Mercian and selected the technologically strong and beautiful City of Derby in the heart of England to hand build bespoke bicycles.

The name Mercian originates from the English Kingdom of Mercia, which existed until the 10th Century, covering the region now known as The Midlands, where Derby is a principle City. Hand built in Derby, Mercian cycles have been exported all over the world, hence one of our traditional head crests states “Mercian Cycles, the world over”.

Mercian still builds lightweight steel frames and bicycles by hand, using traditional frame building methods, with one craftsman building each frame from start to finish.

Our frames are made from the finest Reynolds steel tubing and stove enamel finished to give the highest quality finish and durability.

We customise your frame and bike to your individual requirements, there will not be another one quite like it.

The Mercian range of bicycles and frames cover Road, Racing, Touring and Track usage. Mercian frames deliver a most comfortable ride due to the inherent properties of lightweight steel. The Mercian range includes:

  • Audax – All round bicycle
  • King of Mercia – Sports Tourer
  • Strada Speciale – Road Sports
  • Pro Lugless – Sleek Road Sports
  • Vincitore Special – Ornate all rounder
  • Vigorelli – Track bike with simplicity

Mercian across the World

Mercian Cycles have customers as far afield as Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Norway, Germany, Japan, Sweden, USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Australia, Solomon Isles and New Zealand – to name just a few. As the head and seat crest says Mercian cycle frames can be found “The World Over”.

At Mercian we are proud of the heritage, history & traditional frame-building methods still used today.

A bespoke frame, tailored to your size, experience and usage will undoubtedly provide you with the most enjoyable experience through comfort and efficiency. That said an “off the peg” stock frame is a solution for those that cannot wait, providing we have the right size frame in stock.

You can choose a Mercian frame or complete bicycle in one of four ways:

  • Special Order of non standard paintwork and Accesories to your exacting requirements.
  • Bespoke from our standard range of model options and finishes.
  • Recommended specification in conjunction with your chosen colour scheme.
  • From our “off the peg” stock

To read more about the history of Mercian