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Old 08-29-23, 01:22 PM
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Originally Posted by yeslek
I have ... new Gum hoods in route.
Which particular hoods did you choose?
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Going with the SOMA brand non aero type, I have them on another bike and I'm really happy with them especially for the price. I've tried some of the reproduction Campy copies and they're okay, but not quite as comfortable.
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Originally Posted by yeslek
Going with the SOMA brand.
From what I've seen, those are the best available for the price. And with the gum color, you can barely see the logo.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/186055013712

The logo on the white ones especially is more pronounced.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/185601752214
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Torpado berceau, looks almost completely original

This turned up recently:




The frame has a Made-In-Italy decal and except for what must be a replacement left-side crank it's all italian equipment.
Rear mech is a Rino so almost cheating (because he did).
Wheels are curious, nice aluminium Nisis 650B laced to nice STEEL Ofmega qr hubs.
(They really are nice hubs.)

Except for the chainguard all it will get is cleaning, spot/nick rust treatment, and little things fixed; has a steel seatpost and that'll be alloy; might put an alloy rack on instead of the starting-to-rust steel one.
The guard is so far gone that it will be white with red accents.





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does anyone know a specific date for when serials moved from the side of the seat tube

seems like they changed some years prior to the acquisition by Agrati


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Originally Posted by juvela
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does anyone know a specific date for when serials moved from the side of the seat tube


seems like they changed some years prior to the acquisition by Agrati



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Oldest serial numbers were stamped at the top of the non-drive side of the seat tube, or on the seat lug itself, up to around 1950 +/-.

Then they were moved around to the drive side top of the seat tube, continuing into the early, maybe mid-1960s when numbering stopped.

Numbering began again, now underneath the bottom bracket shell, seemingly with the introduction of Italvega production, c. 1970-71, and ceased again in the later 70s (perhaps with the ending of Italvega production).

Numbering began yet again, still located under the b.b. shell, during A-G's partial ownership, unknown yet how early, but certainly by about 1983. This continued almost throughout the closing of Torpado, c.1987.

I have a couple VERY late Torp examples with no formal SNs (maybe just size stampings), documented in my files.
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Handsome!

This looks pretty late; would think it to be from the Agrati time.


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1985 or 86, based on the top tube internal routing. Is the bottom bracket shell English threaded? I think 1985 was the first year for that capitulation.
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Originally Posted by Torpado
1985 or 86, based on the top tube internal routing. Is the bottom bracket shell English threaded? I think 1985 was the first year for that capitulation.
Due to the white frame graphics and the painted seat stay tops (not chromed like the older superlight frames) am leaning toward 86. Also since it's made with Columbus SLX making it a "Superlight-X" most likely outfit with mostly gen1 Campagnolo C-Record, but the only C-Record piece remaining on the bike was the seat post when I received.
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