A year ago, I built up a NOS (three year old) Fuji Finest frame with 9-speed Ultegra. Not bad, taught me about current technology, and a fairly decent ride, but I'm in the mood for doing something different. Thus my post.
I'd be real interested in replacing the Fuji with either a current model (French made only, please) Gitane, or a Rossin. I know the former isn't imported into the US anymore, and while I think the latter may be, they're sure hiding under a rock somewhere.
Anyone in this group have any experience with dealing with a European bike shop who's willing to sell and ship to the US? Any experiences, warnings about pitfalls, etc., would be appreciated.
Oh yeah, in answer to the inevitable question: My fixation on those two brands is due to the vintage stuff already hanging in the garage.