The history of the Monark brand (which still exists) reaches back to as early as 1908, when it was founded in Sweden. For a quite a while, it was very closely bound with another major Swedish brand - Crescent. In the 1960s and early 1970s, these two companies existed alongside each other and the model differed mainly by components used and the paint job. The brand was also successful in the racing field, when the brothers Gösta and Thomas Pettersson rode the blue Monarks to victory in 1967, 1968 and 1969 world championships team time trial. The brand became widely popular not only for their bicycles but also for their motorbikes.
And here is one of those bikes stemming from the 1950s - the Monark Blå Blixten classic road bicycle. "Blå Blixten" means "blue lightning" in Swedish and it refers to the typical flamboyant blue paintjob. The frame is certainly one of the highlights of this bike. The Flygstal 'Airplane steel' tubes are fillet brazed, resulting in beautiful and smooth trasitions from one tube to another. The fork is also an interesting one. It's twin plate crown makes it more robust yet very elegant at the same time.
Regarting the componentry, you will find Simplex shifting with Champion du Monde derailleur, Altenburger brakes, FB hubs laced with Weinmann rims and a Brooks B17 saddle. It also comes with an extra large bottom bracket shell to fit the standard one-piece crankset.
The bike is serviced and ready to be ridden. If you are looking for a very fine bicycle for L'Eroica you will certainly make a good choice with this one.
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