Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What We Ride: Ken's Torelli Corsa Strada

If you're riding your bike to a cool place like Deagan's Kitchen & Bar for Bike Night, it's even more fun when you have a really cool bike to ride. And Ken Hagedorn in Century Cycles' Rocky River store has a very, very cool bike to ride - his Torelli road bike.

Near as Ken can figure, the Torelli frame is from 1995 or 1996 and is likely to be the Corsa Strada model. How did he come to own such a gem? Years ago, when Century Cycles sold Colnago frames, a customer bought a Colnago and was eager to sell his Torelli steel road bike frame along with the fork and headset. Ken bought it from him, worked on it for years as time and money became available, and now the Torelli is his bopping-around-the-city bike.
"I love it. It's a classic bike that looks really clean. Nothing is flashy or garish," says Ken. We think it looks like a hipster fixie, but Ken is quick to point out he is neither a hipster nor is his Torelli a fixie. Although a singlespeed, the Torelli is a road bike with quick release wheels on the front and back, a rear brake (with a dummy hood on the left), and platform pedals so Ken can ride to the store and around town in regular shoes.

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