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Old 01-16-11, 01:54 PM   #1
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1980's Torpado Beta - what is it worth?

I have an early 1980's Torpado Beta, in great riding condition. It has a little rust on the frame but all Torpado markings, stickers, and labels are easily legible. Componets are:

- Columbus allele tubing
- Original chrome forks and frame
- shimano 105 derailers, brakes, levers, crankshaft, shifters
- Cinelle barstem
- Giro handle bars
- Capagnolo Montreal rims (great shape)
- new tires

All componets are in seemingly excellent condition.

I want to sell this bike and wonder what its value is. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated. I am in the Southern California area.
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Old 01-16-11, 02:16 PM   #2
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Pretty bad rust issues but the brand is well known enough that you can still probably get $250 or so.
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Old 01-16-11, 02:27 PM   #3
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Thanks Jet sanchEz. Was wondering earlier if the frame (rust issues), could be refurbished by someone who does such a thing for a living (If there is such a profession). The rust seems to be the only thing wrong with this bike - it rides like a dream and is super light.

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Old 01-16-11, 04:20 PM   #4
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was this one a trainer? there are lots of place that paint frames. you can have almost anything you want done from about $300, one color no clear and up to $700+ for multi colors, candy, pearls, handrubbed clear you name it.

I can't deem to find the home page Bilenky Cycles in the Philly Pa area. there is also Spectrum cycles near Allentown Pa these thre plus dozens more

http://www.campyonly.com/joebell.html

http://www.chriskvalecycles.com/CKC/Home.html

http://home.windstream.net/franklinf...epainting.html
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The 105 parts should bring at least $250. Given the condition of that frame, you are best served parting it out. Wheelset and 105 parts will bring more than what the bike would sell for complete, probably quite a bit more. Buyers will have a tough time looking past the rust. Those that can will expect to get a hefty discount. Then sell the frame as a project, someone will want it. Or if you want to mess around with it, read up on oxalic acid and go for it.
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+1, value is in the parts.
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Thanks for all of your input. Yes it was used as a trainer.
I really would hate to see this bike parted out though. It really dos ride like a dream. Its the lightest bike. I've ever been seen.it is too big for me otherwise I'd keep it
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