I managed to find an old Peugeot and a Joannou road bicycle in my mom's barn while I was visiting for Thanksgiving. At some point I will leaf through this forum and see if I can identify the Peugeot on my own. However, the Joannou I have never heard of or seen before. I also haven't found anything about it online beyond the fact that Jamis is owned by the G. Joannou Bicycle company. Has anyone ever heard of a steel Joannou road bicycle? Are they any good? If y'all are interested I will see about taking some pictures and posting them on here within a week or so.
My understanding was that Maruishi Cycle of Japan (I believe now defunct--a Japanese Enron type of debacle) was the maker of bikes wearing the Jamis name. The now gone Maruishi website had Jamis bikes on it. I also thought that Joannou was an importer of that marque. Pictures would be interesting. Please also include one of the headbadge.
I purchased my Joannou Road Racer summer 1970 in Charleston SC at a Schwin dealer for $150. It had all steel alloy components, 10 speed w/ 1 1/4 x 27 inch wheels. My understanding is that Jamis imported them in the late 60's thru mid to late 70's. They were about the best to be had short of a Shwinn Paramount at the time. Thru the years I've replaced every component except the seat post and front sprocket assembly. I just finished a rebuild today and will be riding it again tomorrow, as I have, on and off, for the last 39 years. For a 70's era non-lugged frame, it is tough. I currently have 1" rims & tires and an Off road handlebar setup w/ Schwinn indexed shifters (carpel tunnel & droop bars don't go together). I keep the headbadge in my office desk for safekeeping.
G. Joannou imported and distributed bicycles and parts in the North-East USA. They applied their name to Japanese imports during the 1970s boom. In addition to deltafoxco's bicycle, there was an entry level Joannou Racer that sold for $99, circa 1973, in addition to numerous children's bicycles.
Some of the Joannou models may have been made by Maruishi but I can't confirm that. Old ads from the late 1970s though the mid-1980s indicate that Maruishi was imported my a US division and not Joannou.
G Joannou Cycles is in northern NJ, Northvale NJ to be exact. They're right off of the (in)famous Route 9W, the popular road for NYC racers to ride on, maybe 15 minutes from the Tappan Zee Bridge. They are the Jamis folks. I believe Joannou is the name of the family that owns and runs the company.
I didn't know that they had a self-branded line at one point.