Re: [CR]Vintage spokes - whatever happened to Torrington and Robe rgel???


From: Wolfman231@aol.com
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 09:15:36 EST
Subject: Re: [CR]Vintage spokes - whatever happened to Torrington and Robe rgel???
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org


In a message dated 3/27/03 3:07:05 AM Eastern Standard Time, mark@bulgier.net writes:

<< I always thought Torringtons were made in Torrington, Connecticut, USA. >>

Thats right, Mark. But Torrington was more of a precision roller bearing company, and sold its tooling to Monogram (of Ohio)? I think in the 80s. Monogram spokes were the same zinc-plated spokes, but the "T" on the spoke head was apparently removed in the dies. I built a lot of wheels with Torrington spokes, partly because I read they were stronger than stainless, and partly because my oldest brother worked for The Torrington Company at the time. I don't know the history about Torrington pedals...anyone? IIRC, French Robergel spokes used a quarter-moon logo on its zinc spokes and an"E" on its stainless, for trois Etolie or something like that. Italian alpina spokes were an "A" and Union was from Germany with their U in a shield. Any corrections would be greatly appreciated...I can't believe I even remember any of this. I threw out a whole box of spoke boxes in a move years ago and only kept the stainless DTs and Wheelsmiths...dummy me. Hindsight is 20-20.
Ed Kasper
Detroit MI