A friend just gave this beauty, plus an unidentified lightweight Portuguese model (next submission), to me for nothing. He rides all MTB, and thinks narrow tires are unsuitable for city streets. This Torrot is a heavy little tank, but is in really great shape. The rear derailleur is a plastic Simplex, and it has threaded metal shraeder valve stems for extra retro goodness! Also, check out the suicide butterfly mounts for the wheels!
Here’s the companion to the Torrot I posted this past weekend. My friend told me the guy he got it from said it was from Portugal. (Is that hearsay, or what?) Unfortunately, whoever stripped and repainted the frame took all the identifying marks off except the serial number. It’s wonderfully light, and has all Shimano 600 hardware with the old Arabesque patterning. I found some pulleys for the rear derailleur at the local bike depot, and will clean them up and install soon. The 27×1 1/8 tires may be a bit dry, but the tread is like new.
Overall, everything is in really nice shape, and I look forward to riding her in the spring. I’ll send more pictures when she’s all cleaned up.