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Sunday, July 10, 2011

1962 Columbia Firebolt


 This week's bike feature is about an old bike that was found in a closet of an old factory, a 1962 Columbia Firebolt. A young 13 year old gentleman found it and brought it home. His Dad really liked it and asked the young man if he could fix it up for him.


SCHWINNRAY69, a member of ratrodbikes.com, took to the task and brought the old stead back to its former glory, and then some, with good old elbow grease.




The bike remains original for the exception of new pedals and tires. Those tires being a bit larger than the original, it prevented the installation of the front fender. Our young ratrodder mentionned that it gave the bike more of a "Hot Rod" look anyway. I agree. The most impressive element of that bike for me is the integrated rear rack, practical yet looks awesome cool. Too bad nobody does that these days.

All and all this bike came out great and I hope it brings inspiration to other teens out there of what is possible. Go get your hands dirty! Here's a link to the build thread: 
http://ratrodbikes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=34440

Don't forget to check out the how-to articles post
and download my free bike maintenance book if you haven't already.

Until next time, ride safe and free.

Gerry :)

3 comments:

Oldfool said...

Back in May Walmart was marketing a bike with an integrated rack.See photo here.
They are all gone now but I have been seeing them around town.

Gerry Lauzon said...

Yeah but they don't look anywhere near as cool as this one.

Gerry :)

Oldfool said...

I certainly agree with that. I'm just glad to see it happening.
My bike of choice is a 36 year old Schwinn.