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History on a Torpado(5 posts)

History on a Torpadotim
Oct 23, 2001 1:37 PM
I'm not new to biking but have been out of touch with the road show for a long time. I found a bike in the recycle center of my town dump. I'm not sure how excited I should be and if it's worth putting $60 to $100 into. Here is the info:
Torpado, model unreadable, Made in Italy
white with red headtube
lugged steel frame, head tube lugs chrome
Drivetrain 52t and 40t chain rings
cottered cranks appear to be steel make unk.
Shifters Campagnolo Vicenza friction
Frt dr campagnolo piston actuated?
R dr sun tour honor
freewheel 14t to 24t make unk. lg ones drilled
Wheels Cerchi, Nisi, 36 spoke, tubular
Moncalier Italy, quike release G Nutti?
Brakes Universal, center pulls
Levers unk.

Please let me know what you think or know about this ride or it's parts. I know its old ( maybe late 70's?) but this vintage stuff is so cool looking. And to tell you the truth, seeing this thing has sparked an old feeling, it might get me off the mountain and onto the pavement.
Thanks, Tim
re: History on a TorpadoJs Haiku Shop
Oct 23, 2001 1:47 PM
my history on a torpado (beta):

* bought from yard sale for $95, hoping it would ride like a classic italian steel beauty
* replaced tires, tubes, rim tape, bar wrap, cleaned greasy parts and greased clean parts.
* rode up the street and found, to my disappointment, that it felt like a $95 yard sale bike
* sold on ebay for $220
* regretted not keeping it, but spent the $220 on a new bianchi

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Oct 23, 2001 2:01 PM
Just curious, what did you find was wrong with the ride? (I'm just adding to my knowledgebase). as you said, this should be a classic Italian steel "beauty" (with SLX, no less).

BTW, your old Torpado sure looked the part, very pretty.


felt all squirrely, unstable, blah, blah, blah...Js Haiku Shop
Oct 24, 2001 5:00 AM
mostly, i wanted the bianchi and it was a way to get it. in hindsight, i should have replaced the wheels, handlebars, hubs and whatever else, and kept the torpado. my mistake! :-)
re: History on a TorpadoWarren128
Oct 19, 2001 5:09 PM
I have a soft spot for vintage bikes too. Sounds like early 70's with an aftermarket rear der. To read about the Torpado company go here:

I wouldn't put too much money into it, but if you can get it cleaned up and rideable, it should be a fun ride.