I recently posted a question asking what the markings and pantographs were on this budget frame I picked up from Belgium.
Even I should have recognized the BB and fork crowns as Gios Torino.
but since then I have been trying to figure out what it all means Dr. Freud.
I took the frame up to my local restorer thinking "OK, if by some strange quirk an actual GT got rebranded by a small belgian LBS brand, then it is worth the $500+ to put it back into shape." it does after all appear to have Columbus tubing.
Noah (Rosen) though gently disabused me of that fantasy, by pointing me to a box of old stock raw lugs and BBs some of which had the "Gt" cut outs etc. "I could build myself a Gios Torino if I wanted to."
so now I am back to the idea that a Belgian shop had a few GT scraps lying around and thy cobbled them into a frame? Does that make any sense? why would someone do that and not try to tart it up in Gios colours.
how prevalent would this practice be of using branded bits to build a generic bike? (I am particularly curious because have another Belgian/NE France shop-brand bike with Rossin dropouts and fork crowns.)