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  1. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trek420 View Post
    The master is retired but his son will carry on, the third generation Italian builder I think.

    I met his son then too, cute!! (If you like that kinda thing, dark Italian men, into bikes...).

    Fear not TE gals, there will be more!!

    I chose the chrome fork, we went for the look of "classic old steel bike with fancy new stuff".

    I've seen them with matching carbon front fork and rear triangle...sweet!

    Most are shocked when they pick it up that it's steel.

    Of the off bikes my size (47 cm) I've tried take your pick of:
    slanting top tube
    toe overlap
    smaller wheels or
    some combo of any two.

    Antonio himself said "it will have a slanting top tube is that ok?"

    Well, he spoke Italian so it may have been "Am I really building this marvel of Italian engineering for that chubby 50 year old?"

    anyway look at her next to Flossie...if the top tube slants I don't see it, full size wheels and NO toe overlap.
    wow, thanks for sharing your story. I know Antonio made this frame, but he didn't make it expressly for me. Yes, I love dark, Italian men (to look at) I would have loved to have met them. I actually have an address for their shop and might look them up when we're in Italy next. What do you mean
    "of the off bikes my size"
    so do you have toe overlap or smaller wheels? I am not clear on that.
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    mimitabby "What do you mean
    "of the off bikes my size""

    I mean like Trek, Cannondale, Specialized...my old namesake Trek had full size wheels and steeply sloped top tube....not that there's anything wrong with that, it was a nice bike.

    "so do you have toe overlap or smaller wheels? I am not clear on that."

    I tend to not take sharp fast turns but I've noticed no toe overlap and those are full size wheels! I think it's more of a cyclecross issue.

    Knott, you're about 5'8"? I'm 5'1" look at the wheels side by side, both full size

    Not that there's anything wrong with 650 wheels.

    Antonio used to come to the states every other year, visit the shops that carry his bikes and you could meet him, he'd measure you for a bike. Maybe his son will do this too?

    If you want "chairman Bill", the Torelli importer co. owners e-mail adress to ask about this, let me know.

    Check the website if he's doing this the schedule will be there but if that bike fits .... I'd get it!
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    Trek, You are only 5'1"!? I didn't realize that. Well, the bike i am looking at is a 48cm (my Bianchi is a 49cm and I am almost 3" taller than you. So I start to obsess..)
    Do you have little feet?
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    7.5 in most shoes
    38-39 in bike shoes

    at times when my bike's been in the shop Chris puts me on a 50 cm Della Santa (he'll swap the stem so I can reach, such a great guy!)

    uh oh, here's another bike

    www.dellasanta.com
    Last edited by Trek420; 01-15-2007 at 08:46 PM.
    Fancy Schmancy Custom Road bike ~ Mondonico Futura Legero
    Found on side of the road bike ~ Motobecane Mixte
    Gravel bike ~ Salsa Vaya
    Favorite bike ~ Soma Buena Vista mixte
    N+1 bike ~ Brompton
    https://www.instagram.com/pugsley_adventuredog/

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    oh good, average feet!

    Thank you for all your help.
    Mimi Team TE BIANCHISTA
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    Quote Originally Posted by mimitabby View Post
    Trek, You are only 5'1"!? I didn't realize that. Well, the bike i am looking at is a 48cm (my Bianchi is a 49cm and I am almost 3" taller than you. So I start to obsess..)
    Do you have little feet?
    yeah, she's a shrimp. A shrimp with biiiiiig feet....

    (oh, wait, no, she's a squid. A giiiiiiiiiiant squid!)

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    Whoa, Mimi! Check this out!

    "If Americans want to live the American Dream, they should go to Denmark." - Richard Wilkinson

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnottedYet View Post
    Whoa, Mimi! Check this out!

    You are obviously messing with me! ARGH!!

    Knot, these are beautiful bikes, but nothing is said about designs for women.
    I am warming up to the idea of buying a frame and as I can afford, start building it.
    I've gotten lots of nice emails from the man in Connecticut.
    Last edited by mimitabby; 01-16-2007 at 06:27 AM.
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    If someone builds a custom frame to your dimensions, that'd be a design for women (woman) right? So maybe a full custom frame, custom paint job, custom specific components....

    (just the devil on your shoulder, whispering into your ear! )

    I think the Mondonico is your destiny. Italian, fully lugged steel, gorgeous, your size, made by Antonio. Plus then you and Trek could form your own little Mondonico sub-set in TE!

    The Mondonico really is a beautiful bike, not kidding.
    "If Americans want to live the American Dream, they should go to Denmark." - Richard Wilkinson

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    I believe you, Knot. I am waiting for the guy in COnnecticut to write back to me and tell me what kind of tires and fenders could go under one of those gorgeous columbus forks..
    DH is okay with it.. Now if i could just use a layaway plan..
    Mimi Team TE BIANCHISTA
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  11. #26
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    mimi - there's also elliot bay cycles near you. they build custom frames and i'm pretty sure they'd build up your bike near you. they seem like a decent shop. they are one of the few carriers for rivendell, anyway.

    http://www.elliottbaybicycles.com/direction.html


    maybe you already have seen one in person, but looks like alki bike and board carries mondonico's in your area if you just wanna look and see and maybe ride one. course it prob won't be the same one but it's something to touch..

    http://alkibikeandboard.com/bikes.htm

    ps.. we are all very naughty, wicked people...

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    Mimi, it really sounds like the Mondonico is everything you've been looking for--and I share your love of the classic lugged steel frame. I just wonder whether there's some way you can be sure it'll be the right fit for you. I mean, I know you had a professional fitting (didn't you?), but you can't test-ride a fitting, or a frame. Jeez, I hate to rain on your parade, but, well, I'm just thinking of things that would concern me, were I in your (cycling) shoes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roguedog View Post
    mimi - there's also elliot bay cycles near you. they build custom frames and i'm pretty sure they'd build up your bike near you. they seem like a decent shop. they are one of the few carriers for rivendell, anyway.

    http://www.elliottbaybicycles.com/direction.html


    maybe you already have seen one in person, but looks like alki bike and board carries mondonico's in your area if you just wanna look and see and maybe ride one. course it prob won't be the same one but it's something to touch..

    http://alkibikeandboard.com/bikes.htm

    ps.. we are all very naughty, wicked people...
    You certainly are all very naughty wicked people.
    Elliott Bay is the LBS who are building my husband's bike RIGHT AS WE SPEAK! They are campy experts, so it is very likely that i will take my frame to them... If i get it.
    You are SOOOOO helpful, let me tell you.
    and thanks for the info about Alkibike and board, I'll have to go by there if this weather ever comes to its senses.
    Mimi Team TE BIANCHISTA
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    I bought the frame and the fork
    Mimi Team TE BIANCHISTA
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    Congratulations! We're proud of you, Mimi, for bringing a new addition to our family of bikes and riders. We know you and the Mondonico will be very happy together.
    Oil is good, grease is better.

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