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Old 08-22-15, 03:03 AM
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Hello there - from Italy

Hello everybody!

I'm a MTB rider (29 Torpado Levizir Carbon) from Italy, but I recently got into Vintage Road Cycling world too.

I just posted some photos of my 70s Mercier there:

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...l#post18097314

See you soon!
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Old 08-22-15, 03:06 AM
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Nice one..like the color.
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Old 08-22-15, 04:39 PM
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really nice looking bike!
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Old 08-01-18, 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by capitancardoza View Post
Hello everybody!

I'm a MTB rider (29 Torpado Levizir Carbon) from Italy, but I recently got into Vintage Road Cycling world too.

I just posted some photos of my 70s Mercier there:

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...l#post18097314

See you soon!
Hello from SW France,
I saw your interesting post and pics about l'Eroica in Gaiole. I'll be going to the 2018 event in October, which will be a first-time for me, and wonder whether you might have any thoughts on tyre choice. I plan to bring my 1975 Gitane Super Olympic which currently has Vittoria Rally Kevlar tubulars - 700 x 23. Does that sound workable, or should I really be looking at something wider, and maybe clinchers, in case of punctures?
I'd really appreciate any insight you might care to share.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-01-18, 11:09 PM
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Originally Posted by rmfrance View Post
I plan to bring my 1975 Gitane Super Olympic which currently has Vittoria Rally Kevlar tubulars - 700 x 23. Does that sound workable, or should I really be looking at something wider, and maybe clinchers, in case of punctures?
Hello!

Thank you for asking, I'm honored

I did pretty well with my Continental Classics 700x25, then at 3/4 of the long route I had to switch on the run for a couple of Vittoria Zaffiro Graphene 700x25, since i tore one of my continental clinchers apart

I had just one puncture in my whole race, on the Continentals.

I think somewhere between 700x25-28 is pretty much good, depending on how much comfort you plan to get!
The wider the comfier but that said, the wider it is, I find it a bit sluggish too..

My choice is clincher since they're easier to service in case of punctures (you can be pretty sure you will get one, at some point).
Don't put your trust on the mechanics at the checkpoints to have a lot of tubulars, they always run out of them!

I'll be in Gaiole too in October! This time I plan to bring my bike fitted with a couple of Challenge Paris-Roubaix, about 700x26/7, they just arrived I just have to install them
I can't wait to try them since they're an "open tubular", so the servicing benefits of clinchers with the durability of tubulars!

Hope it helps!

--Alessandro
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Old 08-02-18, 01:51 AM
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Buona Sera!!

I didn't realize that Torpado was still making bikes. Is it the same company from 50 years ago?
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This is really cool
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Buona Sera!!

I didn't realize that Torpado was still making bikes. Is it the same company from 50 years ago?
It's been acquired by "Cycles Esperia" group in 2001, along with some other italian manufacturers.
Still out there doing some nice things!
Here's my 29er:


Also, this year XC World Cup 1st round in Andorra was won by the current Italian National Champion on a Torpado!
He won over Nino Shurter, and also came 2nd on round 2
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Old 08-07-18, 06:13 AM
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Thanks for your thoughts - really helpful, as however many videos you watch about the event, only someone who has done it will know the reality.
Did you have any problems mounting those tyres? I hear that they can be a bit tough...

Hope to see you and the Mercier in Gaiole. It's going to be a long drive from here in western France!

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Originally Posted by capitancardoza View Post
Hello!

Thank you for asking, I'm honored

I did pretty well with my Continental Classics 700x25, then at 3/4 of the long route I had to switch on the run for a couple of Vittoria Zaffiro Graphene 700x25, since i tore one of my continental clinchers apart

I had just one puncture in my whole race, on the Continentals.

I think somewhere between 700x25-28 is pretty much good, depending on how much comfort you plan to get!
The wider the comfier but that said, the wider it is, I find it a bit sluggish too..

My choice is clincher since they're easier to service in case of punctures (you can be pretty sure you will get one, at some point).
Don't put your trust on the mechanics at the checkpoints to have a lot of tubulars, they always run out of them!

I'll be in Gaiole too in October! This time I plan to bring my bike fitted with a couple of Challenge Paris-Roubaix, about 700x26/7, they just arrived I just have to install them
I can't wait to try them since they're an "open tubular", so the servicing benefits of clinchers with the durability of tubulars!

Hope it helps!

--Alessandro
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Old 08-13-18, 08:25 AM
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Originally Posted by rmfrance View Post
Did you have any problems mounting those tyres? I hear that they can be a bit tough...
RM
Actually, they've been a slight pain in the ass..
But in the end I managed to do that, and they're quite a stunner!!

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See you in Gaiole?

If you’re still planning to go to Gaiole on the 7th then ‘maybe’ I’ll see you - lots of riders but not too many blue Merciers!
I’ll have the blue Gitane, which won’t be quite so unusual... Good luck on the ride. :0)
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Originally Posted by capitancardoza View Post
Hello!

Thank you for asking, I'm honored

I did pretty well with my Continental Classics 700x25, then at 3/4 of the long route I had to switch on the run for a couple of Vittoria Zaffiro Graphene 700x25, since i tore one of my continental clinchers apart

I had just one puncture in my whole race, on the Continentals.

I think somewhere between 700x25-28 is pretty much good, depending on how much comfort you plan to get!
The wider the comfier but that said, the wider it is, I find it a bit sluggish too..

My choice is clincher since they're easier to service in case of punctures (you can be pretty sure you will get one, at some point).
Don't put your trust on the mechanics at the checkpoints to have a lot of tubulars, they always run out of them!

I'll be in Gaiole too in October! This time I plan to bring my bike fitted with a couple of Challenge Paris-Roubaix, about 700x26/7, they just arrived I just have to install them
I can't wait to try them since they're an "open tubular", so the servicing benefits of clinchers with the durability of tubulars!

Hope it helps!

--Alessandro
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Welcome to the forum. Sweet bike!
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That's a lovely vintage bike. I own an old Ron Cooper. They don't make them like they used to..
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Old 10-09-18, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by rmfrance View Post
If you’re still planning to go to Gaiole on the 7th then ‘maybe’ I’ll see you - lots of riders but not too many blue Merciers!
I was there, but I didn't join the race because of a problem with my right knee just a bunch of hours before the start at 5.00am (I was planning to take on the 210km route).

I'm extremely pissed.. I prepared for this my last 6 months, and I was more than ready...
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Well, sorry to hear that you had problems - I only did the 46km route, but that was enough for my legs, and I'm lost in admiration for anyone who does the full route!


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I was there, but I didn't join the race because of a problem with my right knee just a bunch of hours before the start at 5.00am (I was planning to take on the 210km route).

I'm extremely pissed.. I prepared for this my last 6 months, and I was more than ready...
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