Miss Firebolt

Discussion in 'BUILDS' started by MojoK, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. MojoK

    MojoK

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    My entry in the "Underrated Bike Build-off", a 1961 Columbia Firebolt I'll put together for my wife. It had spent the last couple of years as a garden decoration which is so unfortunate. It's usually a joy for me to meet the people I buy these old bikes from, and I love to have the story of where a bike might have come from and where it had been, but this guy was so Martha Stewart and so NOT Sheldon Brown I just had to get out of there. IMG_1337.JPG IMG_1347.JPG IMG_1349.JPG IMG_1356.JPG IMG_1350.JPG

    At the end, I'd like this to be a low maintenance rider for paths, parks and picnics for my wife. It will get a set of modern wheels on a Nexus 3 speed hub. It may get more aluminum as we go, to bring the weight down a bit, but we don't want to change the flowy lines of the bike

    I always like to keep the frame un-touched if I can because it tells the bikes story, and I especially love bikes that have old license stickers on them and such. The back story on this one is neglect. The story moving forward is about us slowing down, but with as much style and grace as possible...this will get fresh paint ( I'd kind of like to see it in the same black and pink as her trail bike). I have an appropriate chain guard and a donor bike with some very pretty chrome fenders. We still need to figure what we'll do about a tank, but we do have some ideas. Ken
     
  2. ParkRNDL

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    The way the rack is integrated with the frame is COOL. Don't think I've ever seen one like that before...
     
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  3. Duchess

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    Crazy, it's a twin to mine except I have the tank (missing the light portion) and chain guard. I also got it in CT. I'm also doing the same thing to mine except that I'm keeping it a single speed. I was going to mod it, but decided to do something with another bike instead.

    I also have a Spaceliner and the Columbia is better quality.
     
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  4. MojoK

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    Got a picture?
     
  5. Starnger

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    I love the color on this one!
     
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  6. Duchess

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    [​IMG]
     
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  7. PeteMcP

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    I scored the exact same coloured Firebolt frame on eBay here in the UK. Super-rare find. Love it. Plan is to re-sex it using another of Jim's TRM convertible tanks when the build kicks off after we've relocated to Spain soon.
     
  8. hammer mechanic

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    Very cool frame, girl's or otherwise.
     
  9. The Renaissance Man

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

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    These frames are among my all time favorites simply because of the rack. I love'm!

    I've never been able to find one with the top tubes that extend to the back. The one that I converted is just like it but the top tubes stop at the seat tube.

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    Can't wait for this one!
     
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