LaTorpille Pattern No 1

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Florent Tomasini

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Second copy of model No 1 created in 2013, specially rebuilt for the #HomoFaber exhibition in Venice, from April 10 to May 1, 2022. (Pavilion #NextofEurope Room #Arazzi . The addition of an inclined "Split Top Tube" of moreover, does not spoil the case. This beautiful specimen, of free inspiration, remains emblematic of the productions of the #BelleEpoque and particularly American. At the turn of the 20th century, the latter were full of ingenuity to reinforce the frames, ( #trussframe #splitframe #doubletube etc...) Equipped with a #torpedo coaster brake, a #spoonbreak shoe brake, a #tomasini mdl No6 racing handlebar, wooden grips and a leather saddle with a metal frame, padded with two layers of cork, guaranteeing total comfort and rigidity, #troxel. All the tubes have been specially manufactured using a process developed by #florenttomasini from sheet steel of 1mm, allowing to realize a frame+fork of approximately 5kg. Admittedly, the medium and high-end bicycles of this period were already made of stretched tubes (seamless) #seamlesstube, those rolled and brazed used for mass production and therefore cheaper. I chose this method for the exhibition because they have the merit of revealing the pretty brass-colored solder joint. Fans and connoisseurs of the genre will recognize a two-piece crankset, more used in the USA also with the famous #Faubert, while Europeans preferred those with keys. Small anachronism all the same: The cranks are hollow, made from conical tubes 2mm thick, #BMX style. This system allowing a significant weight gain, and successfully tested on Model No8. Chainring of 52 teeth, in vogue at that time and considered "manly". The pedals are fitted with wooden pads, the pads and caps are made of stamped sheet metal as well as the box allowing the sleeves intended to accommodate the frame tubes to be spared.Fork crown with double #doublecrownfork pads, made up of four pieces of sheet metal also stamped, and welded together. The headset is machined in the mass. This pivotal period saw the emergence of the use of the stamping technique with brands like #Crescent, gradually taking over from forged and machined parts, which were expensive and required heavy tools, a great deal of know-how and personnel. many. #iverjonhson and others are full of details and explanations through their catalogs. The contingents of American firms number in the thousands of employees producing altogether around 1 million units around 1900, which will inexorably lead to the collapse of the market and the ruin of giants like #columbia. (France only had a few dozen companies with more than 1,000 workers before 1914). LaTorpille Model No1- 2022- on order. on estimate from 3500€ Info: t@t-cycles.com (pics #1, 2 , 3 No1/1 )

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