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Old 10-25-07, 09:07 AM   #1
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Cleaning up a Torpado.

I picked up this "Medium Metalic Blue" Road bike(early 80's) at the thrift store the other day. It was my size, and I am a commuter who is looking for a bike to ride on the weekend my fenders and 15lbs of gear. It looked like a fun project on my budget.
I think it is the "Alfa" although it says Italia on it. All lettering is white, while leather seat, white bartape.
Columbia Alle tubing sticker, seattube says SL 26.8., Ambrosio rims, I think hubs and crank are Ofmega. So I am looking for some advice, worst rust is around headset and bottom ring of headtube. If cleaning does not work, is it worth trying to get a new headset? I plan to clean, and if needed sand down rust where do I start trying to match this color. I will just be touching up, but want to try and match color. I weigh 200lbs, any tire reccomendation for Sunday rides? I would also like to make it lighter. A newer seat might help, the one on the bike has steel bars. The only other steel besides frame and spokes seem to be the chainguards(sachs hector?), I know they are probably are not called that, and derailers. I could change gear system, I live in flatland and do not need 12 speeds. I have never tried single speed or fixie. I will try to put some pictures on this thread tonight. The frame has some interesting accents. Thanks for any advice that can be thrown my way!
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Old 10-25-07, 10:59 PM   #2
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Did we ever get photos?

Usual recommendation for matching colours is...nail polish. Yes, it comes in some really interesting shades!

About the rust, do a search for threads with 'oxalic acid'...

Back to you for those photos .

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