Columbia Convertible Commuter *FINISHED*

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  1. The Renaissance Man

    The Renaissance Man __CERTIFIED DIVER__ (Open Water & Open Dumpster) Pro Member

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  2. The Renaissance Man

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    My plan is pretty straight forward.

    I recently discovered that the convertible tanks that I sell will work with the late 50's early 60's Columbia girl's frames so I wanted to build this as an example of what one can look like. I hope to put it together with bolt together parts that require no more tools or skills than what one would find in any average hobbyist's garage. No over-the-top eye candy for this one!

    The goal is to build a very functional hybrid type multi-speed bike. Think commuter bike. It will have modern components and will run 700c wheels with front and rear caliper brakes. I also plan to have fenders and of course lights. Even though I'm starting with a vintage steel frame, I hope to keep it as light weight as I can.

    Here's what I'm starting with:
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    Sweet! I think women's frames have become more valuable in the last year. Save the old ladies!
     
  4. G-Matt

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    Nice choice looks like another top build .


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  5. roadwarrior

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    Nice! Also cool that the rack in the back is part of the frame. Well since you did a rusty one last time do you plan to put some paint on this one?:39:
     
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    This should be another great frame transformation.
    Since this is like a ladies Firebolt, you could call it Fire Boltless. :p
     
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    Yep, no rust at all.
    I have three colors picked out. Black, black and black.:)
     
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    Henry Ford would approve!
    This should turn out nice.
     
  9. jlr551CFD

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    Your tank fits perfectly... Nice lines!
     
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    Such a cool tank. Can't wait to see what you do with this one!
     
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    R-man, you have some serious skills. Read all your posts on construction of this add-on and was very impressed. Very detailed and generous that you are willing to share your techniques.

    Barto
     
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    He's awake and has entered.
    Step aside another great ride being built.
    Now that you are making these tanks,you could even design other rare styles.;)
    Sky's the limit.
    A lot of work went into just creating the molds.
     
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    I want to see what ends up on that rack.
     
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    Another awesome TRM build on the way!

    Luke.
     
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    Looking forward to seeing this build
     
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    Oh, sweet! Triple black!
     
  17. G-Matt

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    Mr renaissance those tanks you make are soooo cool . I have a space liner frame I would like to build next it's at my buddy's shop getting some magic powder shot on it right now . One of your custom tanks would look sweet on it do you have any more & how much are you selling them for ? Let me know when you can . P/M if you need to ..




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    a link to his prices is in his signature
     
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    Looking forward to this build , one of these days i am going to mount one of these tanks that i got from you on a frame but i am scared to cut into it
     
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    i saw two at the flee market last weekend and i wondered if they would work on those ...
     
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