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SUPER MONDIA - INTRO

FINDING THE SUPER MONDIA

BUILDING THE SUPER MONDIA

RIDING THE SUPER MONDIA

FINDING THE SUPER MONDIA SPECIAL

I had recently started using a new method for finding vintage road bicycles.  The method is very productive, often times producing bicycles with-in an hour or two of implementation.  The first bicycle I ever found using this technique was my early eighties CCM Seville, a Canadian made bicycle and certainly an appropriate one to find first using this new method of hunting.

How did I find the Super Mondia Special?  I printed up Flyers and hand delivered them myself, during the ice cold winter months.  Finding bicycles in Thunder Bay during the winter used to be all but impossible.  Prior to implementing the Flyer method for finding bicycles, I had never come across a single road bicycle locally during the cold of winter.  That is no longer the case and I can practically go and find vintage road bicycles on demand anytime I choose to do so.

If that is the case, then why did it take me so long to dig this incredible bicycle up?  Simply put, the owner, a lady in her mid to late fifties, called me three or four months after I had delivered a Flyer to her house.  When she called, the word "superlative" caught my attention and I made the hundred mile round trip to view the bicycle.  The call about the Super Mondia had come during the summer months, when I live time at my cottage beside Loon Lake.

Arriving at the Rupert Street address, I noticed an old "Ten Speed" laying on its side in the car port.  Not wanting to trespass, I resisted the urge to take a closer look and knocked on the front door.  A thin, elderly woman answered and directed me to the car port, indicating that she would join me in a moment.  I thanked her and headed off to have my first look at the "superlative" bicycle.

The Super Mondia presented itself immediately.  The down tube art was very visible as I approached.   Mondia!  Boy, was I interested!  Though I find a lot of bicycles each year, the really nice ones are few and far between.  And there is a good reason for that.  Few and far between really good bicycles were ever sold when compared to the run of the mill entry and mid level offerings that most people purchased in the seventies and eighties.  Not everyone could afford the best of the best, then or now.

While looking this nice old Swiss bicycle over, the lady joined me and immediately asked if I was interested.  Needless to say, I was and told her so without going into the "boy oh boy am I ever interested" response that first came to mind.  After all, she did know that the Super Mondia was a "superlative" bicycle.  I did not want to drive the price up with silly and suggestive behaviour on my part.  With that in mind, I asked her how much she would sell the bicycle for.  The price, somewhat timidly asked, was $50.00.

We talked for a few moments, during which time she informed me that the Mondia had belonged to her brother who had passed away years earlier.  She had been hanging on to the bicycle for sentimental reasons.  Additionally, she did not want to throw it away, since she knew that it was a very good bicycle and still had inherent value.  All that said, she and I, after some haggling, did agree on a price of $40.00.  I loaded the Special into the Ranger and headed back to my summer cottage, glancing frequently in the rear view mirror, to ogle my new/old bicycle.  A very special Special find.  The question was, would it fit?

NEXT - BUILDING THE SUPER MONDIA SPECIAL

 

 

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