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Old 05-20-09, 11:46 PM
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Help: Turin Chicago French Road Bike

Hi!

Can anyone direct me to information about a bike I have? It says "Turin Chicago" on the head badge and has a "Made in France" sticker on it. The rest of the stickers are gone. I have included a link to some pics of the bike that I hope would give you a little more info.

Thanks ahead of time for any information you might be able to provide!

Mark

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Old 05-20-09, 11:55 PM
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Linky no worky...
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Old 05-20-09, 11:56 PM
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you need to post pics in a public place like flicr, photobucket, picassa, etc
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Old 05-21-09, 12:22 AM
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Turin Bicycle is a well-known bike shop in the Chicago area.

Sounds like your bike is a house brand. You might want to check with Turin for more information about it.
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Definitely from the Turin shop, but I believe that it was a co-op back in the 70s. I briefly was in possession of gaspipish Turin early 70s bike, but it had a "made in Belgium" sticker.

The headtube sticker was gorgeous and, if you're wondering, is a drawing of the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago.

Unfortunately, I no longer have photos of the one that I had, as my photos were on a laptop that died.

Post photos of yours!
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Linky that Workie! (I hope)

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Old 05-31-09, 07:40 AM
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Turin Chicago Raod Bike

I talked to a mechanic at the still-existing Turin shop in Chicago. He thought some of the frames were made by Bosso. Anyone know how to figure out who made the frame? And, would this be a good frame to fix up and restore?

Thanks!
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Old 05-31-09, 01:26 PM
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My first 10 speed was a Turin. Made in France and equipped like most french "Boom" bikes. They were very similiar to the low end Gitanes of the day. I wouldnt put much money into one. Heavy frames, all steel parts, and french threads.
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Haven't heard of Bosso - do you mean Basso? Aren't they Italian?

I'd concur with the other comments - looks like a pretty low-end frame. Nice old stem and bars, though. It might be worth powdercoating and making a FG or singlespeed, but I wouldn't put much $ into it. If you're going to spend anything, the first $12 should probably be a can of framesaver.
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Old 08-07-09, 04:18 PM
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Picked up a Chicago Turin similar to the OPs today..........found it at the Salvation Army. It's not high end by any means but certainly not gas pipe either. Outfitted with Simplex including the dropouts, alloy rims and alloy Joytech rear hub. This thing has a lot of side to side flex when you put any weight on the pedals.
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I think I saw several different grades years back when I used to haunt the old Clark Street store, near Old Town. The store that is present today is in Evanston, north of Chicago. There was one I always thought of as UO-8-level, and another one more similar to a PX-10E, at least that;s how I classified them in my mind. Many Chicago shops had house brands back then, for exclusivity. The Chicago Criterium of bike boom sales.
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