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Old 07-21-20, 05:12 PM
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Vintage Mondia!

The gf found this on CL in the San Francisco Bay Area last week so we brought it home. It came exactly as shown except we traded black bar tape for the red that was on it. Previous owner did a fine job of restoring this Swiss beauty.









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Old 07-21-20, 05:20 PM
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Nice! It's about time someone posted a Mondia. Always thought they were cool. A lot of them got repainted BITD because the multicolor smoke/fade paint schemes were a bit too much for the conservative American tastes of the time period. I wonder if this bike had one?

Needs toe clips/straps, and IMO a new handlebar angle. Obviously the latter is personal.
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Old 07-21-20, 05:34 PM
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Very nice looking restoration, Mondia's, in my opinion, are highly underrated (maybe because swiss or french threading) but the lug work on the early ones is great.
Reynolds tubing is why they say steel is real...nice grab!
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Old 07-21-20, 05:38 PM
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That is really special, so to speak. Beautiful machine -- thanks for sharing. Looks like my kind of frame geometry: sport-touring Goldilocks sweet spot between too stiff and too whippy.
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You could do an Abbtt and Costello bit about the name.

"What's it called."
"It's the Special."
"Yes, it's very nice. What model Mondia is it."
"It's the Special model."
"I'm just askin'. If you don't know, just say so..."

I love Mondias. The Special is about as good as it gets.
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Originally Posted by Salamandrine View Post
Nice! It's about time someone posted a Mondia. Always thought they were cool. A lot of them got repainted BITD because the multicolor smoke/fade paint schemes were a bit too much for the conservative American tastes of the time period. I wonder if this bike had one?

Needs toe clips/straps, and IMO a new handlebar angle. Obviously the latter is personal.
I have a pair of strap/ cages that I pulled off the Campy pedals on a Tommaso. Im pretty sure if I used them this bike will not be as pretty as it is now.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
You could do an Abbtt and Costello bit about the name.

"What's it called."
"It's the Special."
"Yes, it's very nice. What model Mondia is it."
"It's the Special model."
"I'm just askin'. If you don't know, just say so..."

I love Mondias. The Special is about as good as it gets.
SR,
Beat me to the comment...what about adding why they call Mondia's "Super".
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Old 07-21-20, 07:19 PM
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Ive had a Mondia Special since 1982 , first "real" bike I owned.

Yours is in fanastic condition and with a few tweeks it should be ready for any L'Eroica event . Whatever you paid for it, Its worth it.
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Welcome to the 'Special club'

Nice.
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brake setup exhibits a spot o' reworking

the MAFAC Racers are OEM but the Universal front hanger and Weinmann rear hanger are not

evidently someone was not satisfied with the MAFAC release on the caliper and wished to have one on the hangers as well

are you able to read the serial on the NDS seat stay cap?

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the distinctive seat binder is one stocked by Kitching BITD

IIRC its brand name is something like NICHROM (NIKROM(?))...perhaps another reader shall recall it

the long nut is designed so that the bolt can be tightened/loosened without risk of nicking up the paintwork

unfortunately it means added weight and became obsolete once allen binders came in

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Seeing your very nice Mondia makes me want to ride mine , its been a while. I have had a 1973 for a few years now and love it . It is such a comfy ride. I have done many miles on it.

Eroica California 2018

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