I've been on the look out for a frame swap for my Merida Road bike. I'm a bit stretched out on it and have been cruising ebay and Craigslist waiting for the perfect frame for a hassle free swap. (The perfect swap in my mind is 1993 Specialized Allez - let me know if you got one!). In other words I've been prowling CL a little more than usual the last few weeks.
"Bike for Sale - $100" comes up on the local New Orleans list, so I click it and there is one line of text and no photos. It reads "Mid 70's Bottechia bicycle. Campagnolo Component. Call (xxx) xxx-xxxx". I give a call, and the fella selling it lives down the street from me. It just so happens the bike is my size. I couldn't pass up the opportunity. It wouldn't be a swap for the Merida, but hell, I couldn't pass on it!
I arrive and he shows me the bike below. It turns out to be a Super Mondia. The NR Derailleur is stamped '72, thus the guess of the year. Is it more likely a 1973? Also it looks like the webmasters Mondia at Classic Rendezvous here:
So far from Classic Rendezvous I've found out it is Swiss made, and it looks like they used Reynold 531 tubing. I'm not sure how to ID lugs, but they look like chrome Nervex lugs? It looks like chrome under the paint as well. I'm trying to find out if they chromed these things before painting them. Anyone know?
I'm off for the weekend, so I can't take her apart until Monday, but I'm already looking forward to it.
-Is it a 1972 or maybe a 1973?
-Is Mondia the manufacturer and "Super" the model? I have also seen "Special" on the web.
-I'm guessing it is Reynolds 531, but if its a 1973, would they have changed the tubing at all?
-Is it likely I"m going to find more chrome if I start peeling off the brittle paint?
-Did the head badge always look like that or was there more color like the one at CR?
-What is the reputation of Mondia bicycles besides what I've read on Classic Rendezvous? Seems good there.
Any other coll nuggets of info are appreciated as well!
Thanks! Here are the photos!