On Friday, Dec 10, 2004, at 16:34 US/Pacific, Norris Lockley wrote:
> We did a deal.. but shortly afterwards he approached me about
> importing his new Belgian brand of frames - FLANDERS- to the UK. These
> were made in a variety of small workshops in the Ghent area.
Since I just moved back from Gent I can tell you all those shops are
gone. The only builder left in the area is a guy named Wood, I think,
working out of a shop about 2 blocks from the Delirium Tremens (Huyghe)
brewery. Alas both were closed when I went to visit. Baron knows of a
couple other builders in Belgium other than the Merckx factory, but
from what I heard in the Plum shop there are very few places left
building their own frames left in Belgium. This seems to be the way
throughout the low-countries. Even the old time RIH shop in Amsterdam
almost called it quits a couple years back because they couldn't find
any new builders. I did hear that there was a good builder in
Luxembourg though I think his bikes are strictly off-topic.
> Norris Lockley... thinking about Belgian (French) fries and mayonnaise.
Check out the Samurai sauce next time, you won't be sorry. goed dag, Brandon"monkeyman"Ives sorry to have missed the Gent 6-day this year in Cd'A,ID.