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Old 09-28-12, 08:55 PM   #1
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Another newbie to the forum.

Hello everyone. New to the forum and back into riding after a long layoff. 64 this year. Wife and I both ride. We started back on our mountain bikes earlier this year then had our old road bikes serviced (hers a Raleigh Competition built from a 531 frame set 20+ years ago and mine a Cannondale 3.0 built from a frame set about the same time).

Just today picked up a pair of vintage bikes; an early to mid 70s (I think) Mondia Special and the other an Austro Daimler Olympian. Both mostly original and in very good cosmetic shape. Hope to post Picts when they are cleaned up a bit.
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Old 09-28-12, 08:59 PM   #2
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Old 09-29-12, 12:57 AM   #4
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Old 09-29-12, 07:35 AM   #7
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Sounds like you've got some interesting bikes. Post pics when you can. I love that old steel.
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Old 09-30-12, 09:53 PM   #11
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Sounds like you've got some interesting bikes. Post pics when you can. I love that old steel.
Thanks for the welcome. Got the Mondia and the AD Olympian cleaned up. Rained all day yesterday so it was a good day to work on bikes. It cleared today and after a little tune up work test rode both bikes a little both feel good the AD definitely feels stiffer. The old Huret derailleur is surprisingly good. The Selle Italia Anatomic is absolutely wretched no doubt by the Marquis de Sade himself.

The Mondia has bar end shifters which need some attention. First bar ends i've ridden and don't care for them. Love the way it feels.

I know one of you guys on here has an Olympian. What stem and bar did it come with. I'm about 99.99% sure what's in isn't original.

Will try to post Picts tomorrow.
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You might try putting the stem question for the Olympian in the Classic and Vintage (C&V) forum a few spaces above this one. they have a lot of really sharp guys there, too. An A-D Olympian will definitely draw some interest and someone can tell you every thing you need to know.

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Old 10-01-12, 06:46 AM   #13
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Most welcome! This is a mature forum unlike the infamous "41". Our standards are high, but we will take your application under consideration.
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Welcome one half wuff, and it is great you have a stable going.
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Old 10-01-12, 02:07 PM   #17
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As promised.

My wife's Raleigh Comp. approx 1988 built from frameset.


Shot of the headbadge from her bike.


My old Cannondale 90 vitage also built from a frameset. This is the newest roadbike we've got.


Newest acquisition, 1980 AD Olympian. All original except Stem, bars and levers.


AD headbadge shot.


Don't know of the picts will show it but the paint is actually metallic gold fleck. Really pretty.


Getting a little pict heavy, will put the others in another post.
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Old 10-01-12, 02:40 PM   #18
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Most welcome! This is a mature forum unlike the infamous "41". Our standards are high, but we will take your application under consideration.
Actually I'm only 20 years old (LOL LOL) but I just had to find some place that exhibited more maturity that those 40 somethings.

Here are the rest of the photos.

1979 Trek 710. Really nice bike but some creep robbed the original wheels off it.


Pretty lines of the old 600EX derailleur. Jennifer Lopes should look so good (no wait she does).


Mondia Special I picked up at the same time as the AD but actually bought it first.


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A shot of the headtube.
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Old 10-01-12, 07:42 PM   #19
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Very nice stable of bikes you have. Good pics too. Saw that the C&V folks are helping you out there. Good people, just like here.

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Old 10-01-12, 09:50 PM   #21
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Very nice stable of bikes you have. Good pics too. Saw that the C&V folks are helping you out there. Good people, just like here.

Bill
Yeah, thanks for the tip. Chuck was a big help with a lot of background info too. It's great to finally find someplace where you can share info and mention Austro Daimler without somebody asking "isn't that part of Chrysler"!

Thanks again.
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