A Trio of Italian-Canadians: Marinoni, Miele, and Gardin


This ad disappears when logged in

Brian R.

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 16, 2015
367
631
Toronto, Canada
#1
I'm very new to post-1983 (ccm bankruptcy) Canadian bikes and have been trying to get up to speed on who was around then. I've learned there was a trio of Italian-Canadians building bikes in the '80s: Marinoni in Montreal, Miele in Toronto, and Gardin in Mississauga (next door to Toronto). I've made it my mission to find a beautiful and original example of each.

So far, I've picked up this c.1985 Gardin (pronounced Gar-deen). I love that the Italian colours on the frame, badge, and even the bar tape tell the story of Joe Gardin's love for Italy and cycling. He came to Canada in 1955 with $10 and a borrowed suitcase, and built up a successful material handling company (pallet trucks etc.). This allowed him to pursue his cycling-related passions building Cambio Rino and then Gardin bikes. He bought tubes and parts from Italy and brought over an Italian frame builder. He was an enthusiastic sponsor of the Canadian Olympic cycling team including, I've heard, Curt Harnett.

I've been told that my Gardin frame may have been built in Italy and assembled in Canada, but they did fabricate frames at their Mississauga factory. This one has a Gipiemme derailleur and Modolo brakes. The collector I bought it from says it's all original except for the tires. I have to take his word for it.

I will add pics of my Marinoni and Miele someday when I find them! Gardin closed in the '90s. The Toronto Miele factory also closed in the '90s I think, but the name ended up with Procycle in Quebec. Marinoni is still going strong I believe.

20190102_220518.jpg


20190102_220702.jpg


20190102_220827.jpg
 
Last edited:

This ad disappears when logged in
Most Recent BUY IT NOW Items Listed on eBay
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture