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Old 01-23-11, 11:12 PM
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Old Tornado -- What do I have here?

Part of the fun of C&V is taking the occasional flyer for little or no significant money. What do I have here?















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interesting bike I hate to point this out but the well you know..
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looks like it's bent both ways. The good news is that it's cheap enough steel that it should bend right back
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Old 01-23-11, 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll
interesting bike I hate to point this out but the well you know..
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Old 01-23-11, 11:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll
interesting bike I hate to point this out but the well you know..
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the fork looks a little bent. it looks like a neat bike though. it looks a bit 'boomish' except for the fancy chromed luggs. I love those pumppegs. and the wingnuts are to die for. I wish I could find some for my Motobecane
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Old 01-23-11, 11:30 PM
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Kids, the fork is not bent. Move on. Any idea what this is?

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Very interesting. The decal says "Cornado," though, not "Tornado."
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Are those rims carbon or is that just chrome pitting exaggerated by the flash?
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If that forks not bent why is the front tire almost touching the bottom tube? Pic angle? OK, set it on the ground with the front tire perfectly straight and post a pic.
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Old 01-23-11, 11:54 PM
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Thanks for all of the helpful comments from those who don't know sh*t from apple butter.

The "pitting" on the rims is actually etched on the rims.

Come on, there has to be someone out there who actually has some knowledge re this bike.
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It looks like fake quality to me. I mean, chromed lugs and stays, internal cable routing would hint at it being a very nice bike, but that seat lug grouping looks downright cheesy and the pump peg isn't round or elegant at all - cookie cutter, if you will.

I don't know what to say to you. Sorry.
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Blingy looking front lugs and internal top tube cable routing says something vintage and decent. Barilla brakes and wingnuts says something Italian and probably mid 60's to early 70s similar to an early Coppi and Legnano I picked up before. Steel rims, foam grips, 5 speed rear freewheel and cottered cranks says entry level but around the same time frame. What brand are the shift levers and wheel hubs? It's interesting but not a lottery winner. I wish I had the answer you want but I don't.
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Shifters look to be Campagnolo Gran Sport I think. I forget which ones had nuts and stuff.
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Originally Posted by Robofunc
Very interesting. The decal says "Cornado," though, not "Tornado."
It's not a Cornado or a Tornado. First letter is a T with a stylized p in the middle. Torpado.

https://www.classicrendezvous.com/Ita...rpado_main.htm
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^ You're right. Damn camera angle. Damn half-hearted descenders. Damn too many beers...
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You have a late sixties or early seventies entry level Torpado. I have owned quite a few of these old bicycles and still have a couple hanging in The Old Shed. I might add that I have one in the work stand as I write.

You can read a bit more about Bills Torpado(identical to yours) or the Yellow Torpado, on my website MY "TEN SPEEDS".

I hope this is a help and it does look as if your forks are bent.
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+1 Randy knows his bikes. Entry level Torpado. Cottered crank, steel rims, claw derailleur hanger, wing nuts on axles, etc. Bike has interesting features, like the internal routing and the chrome lugs.


Take a picture like this, a straight edge centered on the stem bolt, through the center of the head tube and fork crown, and down the fork leg. Either that is a really deceiving angle, or the fork is surely bent.


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Originally Posted by DRietz
Shifters look to be Campagnolo Gran Sport I think. I forget which ones had nuts and stuff.
Those are Valentino, I think, which is in keeping with the rest of the components. Suntour is a good upgrade.
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Thanks guys. That helps a lot. Not quite sure what I'll do with this one. May reflip. BTW, how does one unbend a fork?
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Originally Posted by RFC
Thanks guys. That helps a lot. Not quite sure what I'll do with this one. May reflip. BTW, how does one unbend a fork?
I don't have any helpful advice on that. However, my wife makes very tasty apple butter
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some old school shops have a thing that resembles a 70s car bumper jack that'll straighten the forks without taking them off the bike.
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Originally Posted by Roger M
I don't have any helpful advice on that. However, my wife makes very tasty apple butter
LOL. The presumably you know the difference.
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Nice, interesting find. I like the head lugs and internal routing. Looks like this one from a recent CL phx ad....same one? Fork doesn't look bent in these pics.

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/bik/2171810309.html
I was considering it for myself.

If it is bent, it's high-tensile steel, should bend back easily and would do little or no harm.
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Originally Posted by RFC
Thanks guys. That helps a lot. Not quite sure what I'll do with this one. May reflip. BTW, how does one unbend a fork?
I know how, but I figure why try and help you? remember I and a few other members don't know sh*t from apple butter.
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Oh well, the OP can always use the bent fork to whip up some more of his, or her, apple butter. In all sympathy, though, I kinda know how it feels to deal with a bent fork. I had to straighten out the fork on this old Peugeot, and have several others since then...
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