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Old 02-11-09, 12:46 PM   #1
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Mondia handlebar tape

Here are a couple of pics of a taping job I did on the 1972 Mondia Special I'm building up. I'm putting yellow accents into the bike (flutes on seatpost, yellow brake casing, that sort of thing), so I couldn't resist a harlequin accent on the top of the bars:

Green tape is Viva, Riv sells it as "Celery" color, which is a pretty good match for the frame color - hope it continues to look so after shellac. Yellow is Tressostar. Handlebars are Cinelli Giro d'Italia, stem is Cinelli 1/R. Brake levers are Suntour Superbe.

Anybody have any yellow velox handlebar plugs? I sure could use some.





Here is what the whole bike is looking like. Wheels are Campy Record High Flange, straight lever, laced to Mavics, don't know the model, but they are shiny:

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Old 02-11-09, 01:22 PM   #2
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Wow - that's springy fresh. Looks great. Did you use paint or china marker or what on the Cinelli plug? I've used China marker on bars - smear it into the engraving; wipe off excess. You can always remove it easily with a rag and mineral spirits. It's quite a bit subtler than it looks in this pic.
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Well, the bars and stem are off my (very) old race bike that I parted out a year ago. The white paint on the stem logo was flecking of, so I scraped the rest of it off, then I just used yellow paint w/a small brush, cleaned it up w/mineral spirits.

I did deannodize the stem and the bars, using Easy Off oven cleaner. I've used this stuff on other parts and usually it is a 3-5 minute wait, but the Cinelli parts took multiple application of fairly long soaks (1--15 minutes). I polished them up, actually they really gleam, but that isn't evident in the pictures.
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That's already on its way to being one of the prettiest bikes I've ever seen - love the colors! I can't wait to see the final product!
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Old 02-11-09, 03:15 PM   #5
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Nice. Sorry, haven't been colored Velox plugs for decades, unless you find some NOS, and don't recall seiing yellow, but maybe. I have some yellow in a REG plastic Velox type plug, but harder, not rubber.
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Nice. Sorry, haven't been colored Velox plugs for decades, unless you find some NOS, and don't recall seiing yellow, but maybe. I have some yellow in a REG plastic Velox type plug, but harder, not rubber.
I somehow remember seeing velox or velox type plugs in yellow, but maybe my mind is playing tricks.

I'd probably be interested in the reg plugs, the face that they aren't rubber doesn't really matter to me.
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That bike keeps getting better every time you show it. I am not usually a fan of that wrapping method, but it looks amazing on your bike. Great color combos, and great looking components!
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That bike keeps getting better every time you show it. I am not usually a fan of that wrapping method, but it looks amazing on your bike. Great color combos, and great looking components!
Thanks. I've had mixed results (and mixed feelings) with harlequin wraps, the last bike I did this on it looked really garish, so I swore off harlequins for a while. I started wrapping this conventionally in green, it was ok, but a little humdrum, so then decided to try to see what a partial harlequin would look like, and it seems to be working so far.
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Brook's leather bar-tape comes in a light-green color.
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Old 02-11-09, 11:08 PM   #10
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Here's the plugs I have; Milremo (Ron Kitching, England). They're kinda a yellow-green, not yellow-orange. Send me an email if you want them...
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That bike keeps getting better every time you show it. I am not usually a fan of that wrapping method, but it looks amazing on your bike. Great color combos, and great looking components!
I agree, but since it's a Mondia I can't get over the fact it doesn't have any airbrush effects...I'd really like to see (maybe with the magic of Photoshop®) how a little ghosting of a color (yellow?) might look around the lug junctures...I know, it's just a bit of anal-retentiveness
I bet some *clear* (not amber) shellac will darken that cloth tape to perfection...it really is a great looking bike, congrats!
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I agree, but since it's a Mondia I can't get over the fact it doesn't have any airbrush effects...I'd really like to see (maybe with the magic of Photoshop®) how a little ghosting of a color (yellow?) might look around the lug junctures...I know, it's just a bit of anal-retentiveness
I bet some *clear* (not amber) shellac will darken that cloth tape to perfection...it really is a great looking bike, congrats!
Actually, this one didn't have any airbrush effects, it was solid red with whitish lug lining and the typical box pinstriping. I think this airbrush stuff came along a little bit later than this bike (1972), but who knows. I gotta say that while the airbrush stuff on lots of these Mondias was eye catching, a lot of the ones I see really don't do much for me. But that is just one guys opinion. And certainly it was their signature look.

I'd like to do some box pinstriping, though.

I put on the second coat of clear shellac today. The green is matching the frame paint pretty nicely, the yellow is turning a pretty shade of gold.

Here is a picture after first coat of shellac dried for about 16 hours, then another shortly after second coat.
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I think this airbrush stuff came along a little bit later than this bike (1972), but who knows.
From what I observed at the time, the airbrush ones were earlier, but like Allegros they came wild to plain and everything in between...
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From what I observed at the time, the airbrush ones were earlier, but like Allegros they came wild to plain and everything in between...
I wish I knew more about these. Mine looked like the picture below hosted on CR, the color, pinstripes, decals, and the fades into the chrome stay/fork boots - except it had no airbrushing (and the paint was in worse shape), and it didn't have any evidence that this airbrushing had ever been there.


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My roomate in college had one just like that red one circa 1972; he bought it used, so don't know build date... from the bend of the fork it looks later 70s...

Maybe the airbrusher was off with a hangover the day they finished yours.

I have a couple of Allegro frames painted up I want to try to recreate the airbrush and pinstripping on.
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Stunning! That bike makes me think of fresh air. And Spring, I guess.
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From what I observed at the time, the airbrush ones were earlier, but like Allegros they came wild to plain and everything in between...
As a data-point - I have a 1980 Mondia Super that was solid orange with box pinstriping. No fades or airbrushing of different shades/colors, and no chrome lugs except the fork crown.
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Maybe the airbrusher was off with a hangover the day they finished yours.
Maybe, but whoever originally painted the lugs must have been still drunk. A lot of the Mondia's I've seen, it looks like there was a zen master pinstriper, but the lug liner was just some random person with a sloppy paintbrush. Mine were pretty messy, which sort of took the pressure off of me a little when I was doing these.
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