I 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.

To wit:
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!

There's 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.

Ted Town


Gardin - In the Garden


Gardin - lug and crown detail

Gardin - Rear derailleur


Gardin - Dutch Bell!
Gardin - Side View


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