I get a fair number of hits from people looking for information on "Ginay" bicycles. I had an earlier post (e.g. rant) about illiterate Craig's List posts awhile back and the listing for the Ginay was the subject of my scorn. Since then, a number of folks have bumped into this site looking for a Ginay or looking for information on Ginay's in general.
Well... it's back. This showed up on CL today:
vintage raceing bike 70/s tour de france /ginay updated - $600 (st paul mn)
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org [?]
Date: 2008-10-08, 5:03PM CDT
this is a early raceing bike from the 70/s all original needs pedals and seat has not been used for a very long time has been hanging in my basement since the late 80/s has original tires and components it is very light ps silver in color has deposse? components record rims. cranks, sun tour gears the frame is double butted has the name ginny on head tube .allso made in france ,tour de france ,ground to top tube is 31''stronglight cranks and chain rings with little or no wear. Lot of nice parts, rims are for sewn on tires, mafac center pull brakes and levers, scott mathouser brake pads hurel cable stays, the record rims have mm atom quick release sets forks are half chromed derailer is suntour v front changer is marked suntour spirit, neck is stamped bf on both sides, frame has a sticker that looks like it says reynolds 501
- Location: st paul mn
- it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
So, if you are looking for a raceing bike, be sure to check this out. I note dear readers, that this is now a significant $200 less than the last posting - probably another sign of our impending economic doom.
After that earlier post, I did a little searching to find out what I could about Ginay. Sheldon Brown says that they are a low-end French "bike boom" ride and the name is a sound-alike for Jeunet. I was curious to go see this bike before I read Sheldon's description. That, plus the asking price was enough to keep me away. I have been dabbling a bit into vintage bikes when I have the time and I am coming to believe that if little information can be found on the web, it's either exceptionally rare or it might be junk. That said, there is little to be found via the interweb tubes on Ginay, so you make the call.