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Putting Gardin Special back on the road after 25 years in the basement

Old 12-15-11, 09:56 PM
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Putting Gardin Special back on the road after 25 years in the basement

Hello everyone, my name is Ed, Im a new member and this is my first post. Im in awe at some of the bikes you guys have and work you do to make them look great. Id like to get back into bike riding, and I have an old Gardin Special that has been sitting in the basement for 25 years. Its in a terrible state with dust in ever part of it. Ive been reading posts on cleaning, polishing, etc, and during this winter Ill get it cleaned up. I might need new tires, and rubber on the brakes. I can easily pull the tires off; the clue is dried, brittle and doesnt hold anymore. I dont know if I need new tires or just clue the ones I have back on.

I have a bunch of pictures of it in a gallery here;
http://edwardintoronto.smugmug.com/O...196241_NNL2Wgh

Any comments or tips would be appreciated thanks.


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I just love those old black Modolo Speedy's. Enjoy the ride!!
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Originally Posted by Ed in Toronto View Post
Hello everyone, my name is Ed, I’m a new member and this is my first post. I’m in awe at some of the bikes you guys have and work you do to make them look great. I’d like to get back into bike riding, and I have an old Gardin Special that has been sitting in the basement for 25 years. It’s in a terrible state with dust in ever part of it. I’ve been reading posts on cleaning, polishing, etc, and during this winter I’ll get it cleaned up. I might need new tires, and rubber on the brakes. I can easily pull the tires off; the clue is dried, brittle and doesn’t hold anymore. I don’t know if I need new tires or just clue the ones I have back on.

I have a bunch of pictures of it in a gallery here;
http://edwardintoronto.smugmug.com/O...196241_NNL2Wgh

Any comments or tips would be appreciated thanks.

You need to post pictures of the bike that is in terrible disarray, it aint showing up on my screen.
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Beautiful bike, fantastic gruppo and one of the coolest chainrings I've ever seen. That bike doesn't need a "restoration", I wouldn't change a thing. It just needs a good cleaning.
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Just re-read your post and checked the pictures. Those are nice tires you have on there. Gently remove them, make sure the base tape is still hanging on there and then re-glue them, they should be fine. Use this stuff:
You can buy it at Urbane. Even if you do the worst glueing job ever the tires won't come off. If you have never mounted tubulars before and need some help let me know and I can walk you through it.
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Originally Posted by devinfan View Post
Beautiful bike, fantastic gruppo and one of the coolest chainrings I've ever seen. That bike doesn't need a "restoration", I wouldn't change a thing. It just needs a good cleaning.
Yes, thanks, that's what I meant when I wrote it's in a terrible state, its filthy.
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Ed,

That's a nice bicycle. If you need help with directions, there are plenty here who will help. If you learn better by having someone show you, I might be able to put you in touch with a couple folks in the area who are more than competent with such things.
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I have owned several Gardins over the years, a near mint Gardin 400, a Gardin Special, a Gardin TNT, and a Gardin Anniversary. Of the three, the Anniversary was the nicest and, for what it is worth, best Gardin I have ever run across...








Nice bike you have there to put back into service. Good luck with the clean up and, in case it has been too long, the rubber side goes down.

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Since the Gardin experts are here, what model is this?



more pics HERE

I posted it years ago, somebody thought it might be called Shred but I've found no other info. Excell tubing, Gipiemme dropouts, english BB, 27.2mm seatpost, investment cast bb lug, aggressive geometry.
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Originally Posted by bbattle View Post
Since the Gardin experts are here, what model is this?

I posted it years ago, somebody thought it might be called Shred but I've found no other info. Excell tubing, Gipiemme dropouts, english BB, 27.2mm seatpost, investment cast bb lug, aggressive geometry.
Yes, I rememebr that. It's a circa 1990 Gardin Triathlon Shred. The reverse s-curve in the seat tube allowed the builders to achieve an almost vertical seat tube using a standard bottom bracket shell.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
Yes, I rememebr that. It's a circa 1990 Gardin Triathlon Shred. The reverse s-curve in the seat tube allowed the builders to achieve an almost vertical seat tube using a standard bottom bracket shell.
Thanks! that explains why my attempt to make this frame an upright city bike failed.



Drop bars ready to install, just need some brake levers.

Stupid Google thinks Gardin Shred is internet spelling for Garden Shed. I get nothing but my old threads.
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OK - I can't let it go.....either you are single, or your "significant other" was out of town - you look like you have a very nice kitchen and it would not be well appreciated here if I were to put a frame (even one as nice as that) on the counter.....
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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
I have owned several Gardins over the years, a near mint Gardin 400, a Gardin Special, a Gardin TNT, and a Gardin Anniversary. Of the three, the Anniversary was the nicest and, for what it is worth, best Gardin I have ever run across...

Nice bike you have there to put back into service. Good luck with the clean up and, in case it has been too long, the rubber side goes down.

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Nice collection of Gardins. I've only seen one other Gardin Special like mine, and it was only in pictures posted on the internet. Those picture coincidentally were posted by you a few years ago. Yours had a slightly different color. Do you still have it?

True dat, it's been a long time since I've biked. The last thing I remember 10 speed meant you had 5 sprockets and 2 chain wheels. I had seen a few bikes with 6 sprockets but they were more rare than having 3 chain wheels. When did 20 speed bikes become the new 10 speed. I'm glad you can still buy old components and bikes on eBay, I like the feel of down tube shifters.

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Really nice but I wonder who F.lli Gardin was...that's an unusual set of decals on your frame. Do you know any more about the bike...maybe it's custom?
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Originally Posted by ed in toronto View Post
i like the feel of down tube shifters.
Welcome!

Great looking Gardin. Btw, you must be a neat freak, because that bike does not look filthy.

Regarding the tubulars, use them if they still hold air and, as devinfan says, the base tape is still intact. In my experience, the sidewalls can dry out and the the tube can start to creep through the sidewall threads on some older tubulars. Try pumping them up slowly and inspect the sidewalls as well, and maybe bring two spares on any long rides if you have any doubts.

P.S. My Look was in my basement for almost 20 years before I brought it back, found BF in the process, and now I'm hooked on this place.
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Originally Posted by clubman View Post
Really nice but I wonder who F.lli Gardin was...that's an unusual set of decals on your frame. Do you know any more about the bike...maybe it's custom?
You can find out a bit about Gardin (all that I know, which isn't much) by doing an advanced search on this site. Search Gardin and have only results with Gardin in the title come up.
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How many Gardin bike builders are/were there in Canada? I just realized every bike on this thread has a different headbadge or different name.

Ed, you have a very nice bike. Welcome to the Classic and Vintage forum.
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Originally Posted by gaucho777 View Post
Welcome!

Great looking Gardin. Btw, you must be a neat freak, because that bike does not look filthy.

Regarding the tubulars, use them if they still hold air and, as devinfan says, the base tape is still intact. In my experience, the sidewalls can dry out and the the tube can start to creep through the sidewall threads on some older tubulars. Try pumping them up slowly and inspect the sidewalls as well, and maybe bring two spares on any long rides if you have any doubts.

P.S. My Look was in my basement for almost 20 years before I brought it back, found BF in the process, and now I'm hooked to this place.
Thanks, looks like the tires will be ok then, I just have to glue them again. How about 25 year old brake pads, do you think I should replace them with new rubber. I don't think I can get Modolo anymore, I'd have to find new pads and black holders that fit.
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Originally Posted by clubman View Post
Really nice but I wonder who F.lli Gardin was...that's an unusual set of decals on your frame. Do you know any more about the bike...maybe it's custom?
There is a bit more I know about the bike, because I'm the original owner and I still have the paperwork.
The info that was handing off the handle bars reads;
Make: Gardin
Model: "Special"
Application: Racing
Frame Size: DB - 59cm
Wheel Size: 700c - Tubeless
Speeds: 12
Weight: 20-1/2 LBS
Color: Champagne
Price: $1,199.90

On the bill of Sale;
Gardin Special Custom Build Frame
Champagne Color
Racing Components (Rino-Crono) + extras
price $974.90
-trade in / Peugeot Course $390 (this was a made in France bike, sweet ride, but too big for me so I had to part with it)
price $584.90 plus tax
Total $625.84

A week later I took it in for some upgrades;
Campy SR derailleurs + levers $130
Campy NR Hubs/Wheels $100 (I asked for Super Record hubs, but the owner talked me out of it, saying that the shaft was made out of titanium and was prone to break easily, better to get Record instead, more durable)
Campy Victory Pedals with toe clips $85 (I choice them because I liked the way they looked)
Total including tax $337.05

I bought it at High Park Cycle & Sports, at this location and time, the shop was huge, and there was an ocean of bikes in there, all road bikes. This bike was custom made for someone but for some reason didn't get to that person. It had been in the shop for a long time before I bought it. I chose it because it looked unique and handmade.
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beautiful bike!
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I have owned one Gardin that sports the same art work at the OP's. My bike, well not mine anymore, also sported a good assortment of Cambio Rino or Rino components, which suggested to me that it was a very early Gardin. Remember...

The Cambio Rino was the predecessor to the Gardin bicycle and the Cambio Rinos were issued with lots of Rino parts fitted. Later Gardins did not have as many Rino offerings. With this in mind, I guessed that my bike was one of the earlies Gardins made.

Of course, I could be wrong. Here are some shots of the bike I have and, for what it is worth, I was not the least bit impressed with the quality of the bicycle. Even one chain stay top was installed upside down...





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