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Old 07-25-10, 01:33 PM   #1
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Anyone knows about 1970's Italian «torpedo» road bike ?

I'm on the market for a used road bike. I just found one under 90$ in the classified. The seller says the brand is Torpedo and is italian. I found nothing on the internet about the brand except vintage bikes from 1930's. Btw the seller says it is from 1970's.





Anyone has more info about this bike ?
Thanks for your help I appreciate it.

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THe pic is really hard to read and it's taken on the wrong side. Is it possible to get a pic on the drive side along with close-ups of the drive train? If it's Italian, and it's full campy and ride ready I'd say $90 is a good price. But I can't tell from that pic.
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I'm sorry it is the only pic I have. Actually, it from the seller add in the classifieds. I'll go see it tonight and take some pics. Anything I should look for? I plan of making a fixie or signle speed with this bike. But if it is in great shape, i'll probably keep it as it is.
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Torpado's can be very nice bikes, and hold some collector interest. Torpedo's, I know nothing of.

On the bike in question, make sure the seat post isn't frozen.
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It's probably Torpado, not Torpedo. Torpado made a full range of bikes from gaspipe to Columbus/Campy race machines; judging from the dork disk (slang for the plastic freewheel guard on the rear wheel) yours may be on the lower end of the lineup, but I'm intrigued by what appear to be chrome lugs, which would tend to be higher end. The should be a sticker on the seat tube that says what kind of tubing it's made of; that, and the brand of the extra bits (derailleurs, brakes, etc.) should give us all a better idea.

Even if it's lower end, I'd wager that it's of relatively good quality; I have a Torpado-built frame which was sold as a Univega, and even though it's obviously lower end in that it has stamped versus forged dropouts, it's really cleanly built, and a good rider.
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Looks like a really nice low end bike. The Italians were putting out some very nice bikes back in the "bike boom". Even on the low end bikes there was plenty of chrome. Looks like Mafac brakes which are nice. Also looks like it has a handlebar waterbottle cage. These are kinda hard to come by these days. Double kickstand is also a plus on that bike. I wouldnt hestitate to buy that bike. Go get it before its gone.
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I just arrived from seeing the bike. It has Simplex derailler and Universal Mod. 61 brakes. But I don't really care because it is for a fixie conversion.
Almost every parts has Made in Italy stamped. Tires, brake pads and grips need to be replace. Bearing are still in O.K. condition. The paint is chipped at many places, but the bike is chrome with green OEM paint all over.

I'll post pics as soon as I go home.
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