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I've just bought a 1987 Gemini Club 600 from the classifieds because of the full Shimano 600 group set.
I have never heard of the brand Gemini but was surprised that the frame was under 2kg! Anybody knows anything about Gemini? Has a French flag on the frame but is made in Taiwan.
Sorry, can't help you on the frame/brand. But just curious which classifieds you are referring to, and if you feel like sharing, how much did you pay? I've stuck to eBay for the chance of a barain, but honestly there isn't a whole lot that comes up in Perth.
Most importantly.....WHERE ARE THE PICS?!?!?!?!?! Sorry it had to be done.
Good sources in Perth are Quokka, flea markets, and of course the verge. Forget ebay and any other auctions.
I've paid $60. I paid more for this one because it was so nicely complete with the 600 group: even the hubs and the cassette. Together with the nice Mavic rims the price would have been fine for the wheel set alone.
Gemini built some nice bikes. They had (mainly) Tange frames, and Shimano parts. The Club 105 model was a Tange Champion frame with Shimano 105 gear on it, and a nice ride by all reports. The Club 600 would, on face value, appear to be the step up from that. I'd bet its a real keeper.
The French flag you refer to: is it a flag, or the colours of banding behind the Gemini name? The couple I saw have a red/white/blue stripe behind the Gemini world logo, and not a french flag.
Gemini Bicycles were/are based in Sydney. If you google the name and/or Noel Macfarlane you should come up with some info. Currently in the middle of something so when I get a chance I will locate the info for you if you have no luck finding it.
There were a range of models, randonneurs were a popular one and were nice.
Last edited by cludence on Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:10 am, edited 1 time in total.
Thanks everybody. That's great info.
(AT) familyguy: that makes a lot of sense. Tange can only be Prestige though because both Champion 1 and 2 are too heavy. The logo is exactl as you describe it. I'll try to post pics (have to figure out how).
@yazman: Gordonson is a local brand in Perth. They closed doors not too long ago but it is hard to find any info. They've mostly pumped out mass market tourers. They had a niche aero model with oval tubing, aero shifters (on the down tube) and Shimano 600 stuff. Then one guy who should know talked about two high end models of which I'm supposed to own one. I'm not 100% convinced because I've never seen one (with decals). Mine was made by Kuwahara in 1981 and featured a full Suntour Superbe group. A really nice bike - but as I said - I'm not sure that it actually is a Gordonson. All the Gordonsons I've seen so far where rather lower end except for that aero bike which lives in my neighbourhood.
@cludence: thanks, I'll follow up on that.
Gemini Randonneur was a classic touring bike back in the 80s & early 90s. Similar bike made by Noel McFarlane goes by the name Vivente Randonneur - a great fully kitted out touring bike.
Riding bikes in traffic - what seems dangerous is usually safe; what seems safe is often more dangerous.
Mmm another try with pics:
Yes, it's in good shape mechanically. The guy I bought it from said he was the first owner and hasn't ridden it much. I believe him because the seemingly original break shoes are still very good. However, the frame has picked up quite a bit of rust. It's already at the powder coader: mother of pearl it shell be.
Don't know if I'll ever bother an try to reproduce decals.
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