[CR]When is a Torpado not a Torpado?

(Example: Humor)

From: "Baron von Drais" <draisienne@hotmail.com>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Wed, 14 May 2008 18:18:09 -0400
Subject: [CR]When is a Torpado not a Torpado?

Hi all,

Today I bought a bike that I thought was a 1970's Torpado. It has the sa me lugs and lug windows, 1960-70's style Torpado script on the down tube, t inted lacquer over chrome finish, and all the bits and pieces that make a T orpado a Torpado. But then I took another look and saw that something wasn' t quite right - it's not a Torpado but instead a Torpedo. This makes me thi nk back to a year ago when I spotted what looked like a Peugeot UO8 from th e early 70's except it was branded "Helium". The Helium bike had the Peugeo t lion on the head tube, checker band around the down tube, and the same bl ock style script as Peugeots from the same time. The Helium bike did in fac t have a very small decal on the seat tube that said "Manufactured by Peuge ot". So this brings me to my question - What other on-topic manufacturers p roduced bicycles in large numbers and allowed them to be branded as somethi ng else? Although it's technically not a lightweight, for the sake of discusion of m anufacturers and branding I offer the photos that can be seen here http://www.flickr.com/photos/83868261@N00/sets/72157605062411693/ so you can see the similarities between this Torpedo and other Torpados.

Peter Schwar
Montreal Quebec