Among Canada's greatest cyclists, none was so flamboyant as Torchy Peden, nicknamed on account of his flaming red hair and tendency to tear off the front.
Just imagine his red hair (and wood rims).
1928 - Won numerous prestigious races on European cycling circuit
1929 - Five Canadian Amateur Indoor Titles and four records
- Turned professional
- Competed in first six-day bicycle race
1929-1948 - 148 six-day races, 38 victories
1931 - Rode mile at record speed of 73.5 mph
Great news, Casey Botman just finished a stellar restoration of Torchy's bike for the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame. It will go on display soon in Victoria, BC.
How many of you have ridden an authentic Cinelli track stem?
A practically modern stance. Standing still, looking swift.
"Pencil" stays they were called, a hallmark of the era.
Gorgeous rear hub from Jeff Groman (Classic Cycles, Bainbridge Is).
Pista rims by Ghisallo, via Wheel Fanatyk.
Fork crown is a marvel of simplicity, headset reveals Casey with camera!
If any of you needs inspiration to undertake a restoration, we offer this magnificent example of racing heritage, metalworking craftsmanship, elegant lines, and intense beauty. Then, please share the results!