Merckx Mondays Mar 1, 2010

Photo by Orange 20

What a random Merckx Mondays we’ve got today. As you may have heard, I’m working on a collaboration with Eddy Merckx on a 700cmx bike. Kyle at Trackosaurus Rex got the exclusive first look this weekend at the NAHBS.

Check out some more photos of the project below along with an update to my 7-Eleven‘s history!

Photo by Luke Stiles

Ok so yeah, I’m just kidding. This is no 700CMX bike. It’s a conversion that was locked outside the Richmond Convention Center during the NAHBS.

Photo by Ed Glazar

Ed Glazar got the making of Merckx Mondays shot. If you want to see a drive-side shot of the bike, check out this one on Orange 20’s Flickr. Too bad the downtube decals are out of focus!

In other news, I recently heard back from Bruno at the Merckx factory about the origins of my 7-Eleven. In a recent email he stated:

Your frame B2519 was made in 1989 for the 7-Eleven Team, (rider Norm Alvis).

Damn! What a score.

Photos from Cycling Archives

Norman Foster Darrell “Norm” Alvis raced for 7-Eleven and Motorola on Eddy Merckx bikes. He has been quoted saying “Road rash definitely doesn’t preclude racing. Neither is it a badge of courage. Mostly, it is a red flag to the other riders regarding bike- handling ability.” and held a strong hour record in the US for the 30-34 age group, traveling 51.505 km in Colorado Springs back in 1997. I’m honored to have his bike. Really excited about working on the restoration now.

Big thanks to Stratton Delany from Keirin Culture and Jeremy Rauch from Tears for Gears for tracking him down! Hopefully, I’ll be able to set up a quick interview for another Merckx Mondays.

  • DirtyDave

    I think I’m gonna barf, shoulda saved this for April first Mr. Prolly

  • mike (3ZKL

    yo, prolly. this is mike from NC. ran into you at the NAHBS. totally fucking wrote the merckx chopper in as ‘best in show’. evidently it was one of the guys from villian in gainesville, FL riding that thing around. so hot!

  • Robin

    I’ve had this bike for nearly 20 years . . . so say what you will. It has seen incarnations as a road racer (of course), fixie trainer, cyclocross (with rear brake bosses brazed on) and the daily rider you see now. This bike is my talisman. Best, Robin

  • prolly


    Don’t be mistaken, I think it’s a rad bike that’s obviously seen a ton of riding. If it ever changes again, shoot me some photos!

  • brandon

    When I saw that on sat night I had a feeling that if you saw it a pic was going up.

  • dza

    why do you think its cool to have your hands all over someone else’s bike (who you dont know)? sure, shoot a pic to bag on it if you must, but gripping on dudes bike? not cool not cool not cool. imagine if it was you and you came out the spot to find some random touching your shit… cool? no– disgusting.

  • prolly

    dza, I think you’re over reacting.

  • Tjeu

    Hey John, really cool you got a hold of Bruno.

    I’m picking up my Merckx track frame from the painter’s this wednesday :-) He told me to hurry, because people have been offering him money for it.

    Will keep you posted on the build.

    BTW, did you get my mail about the Rotterdam Fixed Gear jersey a while back?

    Greets from Rotterdam!

  • chris

    Hey John,
    Can anyone email Bruno at the Merckx factory for info on their frame? I have a Merckx Pista I’d like more info on and the numbers on the BB are a bit of a mystery (more so than usual)! Sent you a email as well regarding this.
    This post is a crack-up!! And the bike is cool…