picked up a mid-90s Gardin frame a while back and built it up with
parts from here and there. I'd always wanted an all-Italian lugged
steel bike, but this became more international in scope.
From Canada: Gardin frame. Joe Gardin came from Italy and built
bicycles, including several for Canadian Olympian Curt Harnett,
in Mississauga. Replacement decals from the print shop in my neigbourhood.
From England: Reynolds tubing, not sure which.
From France: Wolber and Mafac rims, Zefal water bottle cage.
From Italy: Selle Italia saddle, Campagnolo C-Record bottom bracket
and headset, Campy Chorus seat post, Campy Athena cranks, brakes
and front derailleur, and a Nuovo Record rear derailleur from 1971.
From Japan: Sakae randonneur bars, Nitto stem, Specialized hubs,
Shimano SPD pedals.
From Switzerland: DT spokes.
From USA: Mathauser brake pads.
From Korea: IRC tires.
From Holland: a great little bell!
some lovely Gardin engraving on the seat stays and fork crowns that
became considerably less lovely after I coloured outside the lines.
It's light-ish, not breaking the 20-pound barrier by any means,
but it's a very nice riding bike.