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Old 01-27-24, 07:58 PM
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Children's Torpado

This is my FIRST post, so I'm hoping for no breach of etiquette . . . I ride a Litespeed classic, and I have no particular knowledge of unusual or collector bikes. But while looking for vintage lighting parts in Minneapolis yesterday, I stumbled upon the CUTEST of bicycles . . . a children's Torpado with what I presume are the original AVON tires; it's original chain guard, handle grips, cranks, front hand brake, head "badge" (decal) . . . etc. I've learned that Torpado has been producing bicycles since 1895, and I've found rather numerous examples of "adult" bicycles, but I've found nothing that details anything about their children's bicycles. This children's bike is about 17" to the top of the seat tube and just 38" in overall length. I'd LOVE to learn a bit more about Torpado's child bicycles . . . if anyone has info to share. Thank you. Rick (blubulb)
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took in one that is a frame with a few fittings hanging on

date is early 1960's

appears built for a wheel size of about 500A

constructed with Agrati "BRIANZA" pattern lug set including shell with eight cutouts

internal cable routing

single plateau drive train derailleur gearing

if serial on side of seat tube of your example the first two digits are a year date

if serial placed elsewhere it is later

Torpado is a compound name formed from family/company name TORresini and PADOva the city where located

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You ARE the best . . . . Thank you. Getting late here, but I'll look for the serial number and confirm (if possible) the date of manufacture. I'd post a few pics, but as I'm new . . . I am not yet allowed to post photos. Thank you again for taking the time to share the info above! Rick
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Originally Posted by blubulb
You ARE the best . . . . Thank you. Getting late here, but I'll look for the serial number and confirm (if possible) the date of manufacture. I'd post a few pics, but as I'm new . . . I am not yet allowed to post photos. Thank you again for taking the time to share the info above! Rick

NO apparent serial numbers on this child's bicycle, but I'm guessings 60's. NICE "St. Giorgio" decals . . . one on each rim. Thanks again.
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fork crown is Agrati N. 000.8128

there were five models of this pattern, this is the smallest

dropout with pointed trailing edge is Agrati N. 025.8002

seat tube transfer a real treasure!

are you able to read marking on brake caliper arm?
cannot quite make it out. some possibilities include Super Rapid, San Giorgio & Balilla.

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Agrati acquired Torresini in the early 1980's and kept it going for a time

today the Torpado marque is the property of an entity called Cicli Esperia S.R.L. who owns several of the old Italian marques. cycles continue to be constructed marked with the Torpado name.

https://www.cicliesperia.com/en/company/

they have a Torpado specific web site going:

Torpado.com

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the forum has a "show your Torpado" thread and your machine would be an excellent addition since it is a vintage juvenile; nearly all the entries in the thread are road cycles

Show us your Torpado!!!


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Torpado link . . . "Show us your Torpado"

Thank you again for the link; but as I'm new to this forum and have posted fewer than 10x . . . It does not appear I'm able (as of yet) to post images of my children's Torpado. I'll do so in the near future. Best . . .
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Thank you again for the link; but as I'm new to this forum and have posted fewer than 10x . . . It does not appear I'm able (as of yet) to post images of my children's Torpado. I'll do so in the near future. Best . . .
You've already uploaded them, so we can see them at the link provided for your gallery above. You can change your gallery, you just can't post them in a thread.
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Sorry….i should be better versed at this “stuff,” but alas . . . I’m not.
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