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Old Italian bike(6 posts)

Old Italian bikeTNRider
Jun 16, 2001 1:05 PM
I am a mountainbiker interested in road riding for training and a change of pace. I recently purchased an old (late 70's to early 80's) Italian road bike. I was hoping to get some background info on it.

The bike is made by a company called Torpado. It has a Reynalds tube set, Modolo brakes, and Sachs 6 speed drive train. It is appropirately painted pink (maglia rosa pink, not Telekom pink).

I got it for next to nothing, but was wondering if anybody had any idea what the actual value would be. I am also curious about compatability/upgradability. Everything on the bike is in good shape now, but things do break.

Any info would be greatly appreciated!
re: Old Italian bikerollo tommassi
Jun 16, 2001 1:18 PM
worth: not much. Just because it's Italian doesn't mean it's quality.

worth of upgrade: not worth. rear triangle spacing is probably 120mm; current spacing for 8spd is 130mm. considering age, spreading the frame could be too much stress.

Perfectly fine as a rain bike, or commuter, or convert to fixed.
check this outburner
Jun 16, 2001 6:14 PM
http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Italy/torpado_main.htm
look familiar?...Haiku d'état
Jun 18, 2001 7:50 AM
happened upon one of these (the "beta" model) late last year/early this year at a garage sale. it was really not well maintained, had been sitting in someone's garage for (probably) years, and had actually/reportedly been raced when it was in its prime. beautiful lugged steel frame, though, and silver seat stays/fork.

thinking "wow, an italian bike for peanuts," and going with the vintage/burgeoning collector's (read: fanatic) inspiration, i picked it up and worked on it over the cold winter. for many moons it was encumbered with my trainer (or the other way around)...i spruced it up and posted it on ebay in early/pre-spring, and sold it for about what i put into it, plus the $ i invested in the tools to work on it.

kinda wishing i'd held onto it, as the bike would have been wonderful for slower/social rides and the occasional organized metric. regarding worth, i'm not sure what you'd say...this one was in fair condition and sold on ebay for $214 (if i remember correctly). don't know if you've done any simple web searches, but you might find some info out there someplace.

summary: this was a garage sale bike i bought thinking it would be a sweet italian steel ride, and--once it was fixed-up enough to take for a spin--it rode like a garage sale bike. still miss it, though. have fun...it's certainly a conversation piece!

look familiar?...ebayer
Jun 18, 2001 8:08 AM
you coulda got more for the parts by themselves and used the frame for a fixed ride... bummer
thanks...but it was a package deal.Haiku d'état
Jun 18, 2001 8:53 AM
one of those situations where the intrinsic value of a thing (garage sale bike=piece of art) was greater than the alternative. plus, cruisers make much better project bikes!

ps. are you posting as john de, homer or BON today?