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SUPER MONDIA - INTRO

FINDING THE SUPER MONDIA

BUILDING THE SUPER MONDIA

RIDING THE SUPER MONDIA

RIDING THE SUPER MONDIA SPECIAL

When all was said and done, the Super Mondia Special looked much the same as when I first found it.  I must qualify that statement.  I did have to install a set of matching wheels since the front wheel did not come with the bicycle "as found".  And the handlebars were also changed out, not out of necessity but as a result of choice.

Though I did clean the bicycle up, little effort was devoted to cosmetic issues.  The paint and art was left "as found".  The little bits of oxidation, that all but inevitably appear over the years, went pretty much unaddressed for the time being.  The overall result was, none the less, more than pleasing to the eye.

The transmission remained "as found" and was installed after a minor cleaning, coupled with fresh lubricant.  The Nouvo Record transmission is one that I am very used to using and required little time to accustom myself to.  I really like the NR offering and do not hesitate for even a moment to run one when the opportunity or need presents itself.  As mentioned, I did one thing to dramatically improve the user friendliness of this wonderful Old School tranny.  I installed a set of Barcon shifters and I am glad that I did.  As was the case with other Barcon equipped steeds, the shifters proved to be a joy to use.

The Campagnolo brake system, again Nouvo Record stoppers, also proved to be exactly what I expected.  Reasonably comfortable reach to the levers and positive stops were two familiar characteristics.  Again, I will use these Campy offerings just about anytime even though they are not necessarily my favourite Old School brakes.

With everything installed, the fully refurbished Super Mondia Special and I took off for our test ride.  The ride took place at my summer cottage and consumed several miles of beautiful North-western Ontario secondary highways, particularly the ride to Sibley and the Sleeping Giant peninsula.  What a beautiful scenic ride this can be.

Sadly, the bicycle did prove to be too small.  I did set it up to accommodate my fit, but only by positioning the seat post above its "minimum insertion" mark.  Though I felt comfortable doing this, for test purposes, I would never recommend setting a post up, in this fashion, for regular riding.  To do so, might well lead to frame damage and/or rider injury if the post failed, causing an accident.

I did, none-the-less truly enjoy riding the Super Mondia!  In its first hundred yards of testing, I cautiously relaxed my grip on the bars until riding with no hands.  The bicycle tracked perfectly, as I suspected it would.  Handling was very quick but acceleration was an issue.  An issue, not though any fault of the bicycle, but through my inability to supply enough power to the over size ring set.

I decided to offer the bicycle as a complete bicycle on Ebay and found no takers.  Too bad since this was a very nice bicycle.  An on-line friend expressed interest in the frame set, and the Mondia was stripped, never to be set-up in its original state again.  The bicycle now lives in the USA, where I hope its new owner will come to recognize its value, both as a rider and as a collector's piece.

 

 

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