As it sat idly in my workshop awaiting its turn over the last couple of weeks, Brian’s bike has attracted enthusiastic comments from nearly all my customers.  So, now I’ve done my bit, I thought I’d post a few photos of the Merlin out on a test ride.  Aside from some new 27″ rubber and leather-faced brake pads, the bike was in good enough mechanical condition to warrant a fairly simple tune-up – improving the wheels, brakes, shifting and steering.  A joy to ride – though sorely in need of a more suitable saddle – the Merlin is a lovely machine that at some stage has had a sympathetic ‘roadster’ handlebar conversion, making it even more suited to its watchmaker owner’s genial commuting duties…