Columbia Convertible Commuter

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  1. The Renaissance Man

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

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    2015 Columbia Convertible Commuter


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  2. The Renaissance Man

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    1962 Columbia Firebolt

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    The bike.

    The original frame is a girl's 1962 Columbia Firebolt.
    Coincidentally, the bike and I share the same birth year.

    The convertible tank.

    The tank was originally produced for converting early 1960's
    girl's Spaceliner bicycles into unique boy's bicycles.
    It turned out that the tank fit's several different frames
    from different manufacturers of the same era.
    This Columbia is the latest discovery.

    The concept.

    The concept for this build was to create a sleek modern adaptation
    of the vintage bike and conversion tank. The finished bike
    would be very utilitarian and comfortable enough to ride anywhere.

    In addition, all of the components used and all of the tools
    needed to complete the build would be accessible
    for any backyard builder and no physical alterations
    would be required.

    The parts.

    1962 Columbia Firebolt frame and fork
    'TRM' Convertible Tank
    Huffy middle weight fenders
    Origin8 1" alloy quill adapter
    Porkchop BMX Potts Mod stem bolt
    Origin8 URBAN PRO alloy stem handlebar combo
    SRAM MRX Comp 3x8 Gripshift shifters and grips
    Tektro alloy brake levers w/integrated bell
    Alloy bottom bracket conversion
    Shimano 73x107mm square tapered bottom bracket
    SRAM DuelDrive Cyclone 175mm 33T crankset
    XLC alloy pedals
    SRAM DuelDrive 1:1 8 speed derailleur
    Sunrace derailleur hanger adapter
    SRAM PG-820 11-30 8 speed cassette
    OCTO 8 speed chain
    SRAM DuelDrive rear hub
    (Unknown) alloy sealed cartridge front hub
    Stainless spokes & nipples
    Sun Rims CR18 700c alloy rims (matched)
    Bontrager H5 700x35 tires (matched)
    Campagnolo lateral pull U-brake (rear adapted for front)
    Tektro R559 long reach rear caliper brake
    Shimano brake & shift cables
    FLEXROUTE cable guides
    Custom alloy/steel seatpost
    Alloy quick release seatpost skewer
    TREK System 3 Italian saddle
    SEM and Duplicolor rattle can paints


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    Thank you to everyone on this forum who have made this years build off competition a joy to be a part of. This is a very unique community of people who constantly amaze me with both creativity and comradery. Let's keep the bar raised!

    Jim (AKA The Renaissance Man)


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    Click HERE for the build journal.


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  4. 2dawgs

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    Sophisticated, Stealthy & Sleek. Dig the color scheme. Kudos.
     
  5. Funkme

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    Cool another beautiful bike,I think 2dawgs has said it all.
    Stunning!
    Interesting how your tanks change the shape of the bike,gives them a dynamic look.
     
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    Wow that came out great , love that tank and the way it changed the look of that style frame , :41:
     
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    beautiful!! :ninja:
     
  8. Rebel_56

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    Wow this looks amazing. If kit from night rider(before my time did I get his name right lol) was a bike this would be him. You got one of my votes I love this bike. Amazing job!!!!!!
     
  9. Falstaff

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    Looks great RenMan.


    Close its name had 2 t's. K.I.T.T
     
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  10. Dr. Tankenstein

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    Wow Jim! Another stunning bike, it's the perfect blend of form and function.

    I TOTALLY dig it!

    Cheers,
    Rob
     
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  11. G-Matt

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    Wow this is a sleek Black Beauty . She looks fast & old but yet so modern ! Those 700c wheels look massive a real piece of Rollin art ....


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  12. billy bob customs

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    One of my favorite bikes. Beautiful! Outstanding job
     
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    Yeah, man she's a beauty!:41:
     
  14. MrLeghorn

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    Excellent work, you nailed your concept!
     
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    Dude, seriously. This could be a cutting edge NEW design commuter bike from one of the big manufacturers! And they would sell like hot cakes.

    Fantastic job...... again, my friend!
     
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    Wow Jim , Over the top and the video / studio set up ??? amazing !
     
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    This is the Stan Getz of all bike builds....smooth, flows well, creative, a standard with a improvisational twist.... and a one-of-a-kind. Excellent work!
     
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    ...original soundtrack? Cool....
     
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    Thank's everyone. I'm glad I decided to join in. Everyone has really made this fun to do and to watch.

    Congrats to everyone!
     
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