I'm nearing completion on the latest project, a Trek 710 Brevet style resto, and was sighing in relief that I didn't have anything else to eat up my time and money. Then I started clearing out the parts boxes and found a set of Gipiemme hubs Jeremy had given me, along with a set of Gipiemme brake calipers gotten off eBay a while ago on a whim. (Who can see where this is going?)
Lets see, Baron Corpuz has Gipiemme derailers and a head set for sale at Renaissance Cycles. Hmm, that leaves only brake levers, a crank set, seat post and pedals for a complete grouppo. Alas, a new project is born.
Any info on Gipiemme appreciated, especially any racing or team sponsorship history. Were there any bike manufacturers, frame makers or teams that used Gipiemme as original parts? Anyone with any of the above needed parts available for sale or trade? I'd especially appreciate a 172.5 or 175 mm crankset. Any suggestions on an appropriate frame?
Any experience with the parts? Were Gipiemme good copies of Campy, poor copies or original designs? The derailers will be the rebadged Simplex versions, so we're also supporting French #$%&! at the same time. In fact, I have French Campy BB cups lying around somewhere, so a French frame would be cool! Anyone with a line on a pink 531 Mercier in 62 cm?
Tom Adams, somebody stop me in Kansas City.