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Louis Garneau

I discovered a rather unusual bike this morning. Like the Specialized Stumpjumper Classic of ’07, it’s a vintage recreation. But, in this case, it’s a recreation of a bike that never existed. Which means it’s not a recreation, but I don’t know what else you would call it.

The bike is the Louis Garneau Gordy. You probably know the name Garneau for their clothing line, but they’ve also had a small bike line for a few years now. Garneau the man, is a former track cyclist from Quebec, who is a member of the Order of Canada, and he’s famous for getting a little too chummy with the Queen.

2012 Gordy

2012 Gordy

To my knowledge, Garneau did not sell bikes back in the early 90’s. But, in the last four years, they’ve been selling the Gordy in Japan.

On the right is – I believe – the ’12 model, and it looks like an old steel bike from 1993, but with modern parts on it. It has cantilever brakes – but it has disc mounts too – polished rims, silver hubs, and black spokes (my preferred setup when I build my own), nice matching saddle and grips, and way too many headset spacers.

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