[CR]CR] Gus Betat New Orleans VINERS

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From: <MasiGC3V@aol.com>
To: GPVB1@cs.com, classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]CR] Gus Betat New Orleans VINERS
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2002 19:05:38 EST

Greg Parker sez:
> >IIRC, didn't they also import Viners as their "lower cost" Italian
> >stallions.....? Or was that a different Importer?
> We ordered our Viners through Gus Betat in New Orleans back in the day

Those things are still hanging around, and I mean that in the most literal sense. When Gus Betat went out of business they sold the remaining Viner stock to lots of other shops. Bicycle Michael's in the French Quarter (actually Faubourg Marigny) has half a dozen NOS Viners hanging from the rafters mostly in larger sizes. An employee of Bayou Bicycles recently scored a Viner Pista frame (@ 57 cm), and there a dozens more to be seen on the streets everyday.

Sadly, Betat's is long gone.


Carlo Carr
New Orleans