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1950s Torpado repainted by Cyclops

For those that don't know, Cyclops was one of, if not the best bicycle manufacturer of racing bikes in Canada, in the 1980s -1990s. They built bicycles custom to order, for customers who desired a superior bespoke road or track bike. They would also paint bikes for customers. Likely less than a few hundred non-cyclops frames were painted as Cyclops. It is all indicated by the sticker on the top tube: "painted by" or "custom built by". This is not a true Cyclops, it is a 1950s Torpado racing bike that was painted by Cyclops. 1950s Torpado that was repainted by Cyclops in the 1980s. This bike was owned by Earl Jukes, a famous Canadian 6 day track racer that was very successful in the 1930s. The story with this bike, is that Earl was talking to some of his old track racing friends in the 1980s, and they were telling Earl about the opportunity for senior athletes to compete in the Master’s Games and US National Senior Olympics. He decided he wanted to join, so he brought his old road bike into Mike Mulholland of Cyclops to have it repaired and repainted. Yes, the frame was bent before it was painted. Mike agreed to paint and fix up this bike, but he knew it wouldn't be suitable for a race of this calibre. When Earl returned to pick up his bike, he found the re-done Torpado, but was also surprised with a brand new, custom built Cyclops bike. Earl ended up keeping this bike and raced his new Cyclops in the Senior Olympic Games. The U.S. National Senior Olympics, was held in St. Louis from June 27 to July 2, 1987. https://digitalarchive.tpl.ca/objects/285149 I was excited to find this bike and tune it up! Love the Simplex suicide shifter front derailleur. This bike has lots of cool details, it has been in my collection for some time now, but now it is time to pass it on to someone else who can enjoy the history of this bike.

Frame:
1950s Torpado that was repainted by Cyclops in the 1980s.

Fork/Headset:
Torpado Branded

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Torpado Branded

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
Simplex Tour De France

Derailleurs/Shifters:
Simplex Tour De France. Simplex suicide shifter front derailleur.

Handlebars/Stem:
3ttt

Saddle/Seatpost:
ADGA 28A leather saddle

Brakes:
Universal Extra

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Fiemme Clincher Rim, hand polished and laced to 1970s Normandy Hand Polished Hi Flange hubs.

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Fiemme Clincher Rim, hand polished and laced to 1970s Normandy Hand Polished Hi Flange hubs.

Added by mokala. Last updated 4 days ago.

As of 4 days ago, mokala has indicated that they no longer own this bike.

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