Awsome 1961 Columbia Firebolt

Discussion in 'Middleweight Bicycles' started by Wayne Adam, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. #1 Posted Dec 7, 2011

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    I just bought this super clean, unrestored, original '61 Columbia Firebolt.
    I have plenty of Balloon Bikes (10), and about 12 great English racers ( Raleigh),
    But I now would really like to get my middleweight collection a little larger.
    This Bike is so cool with the welded straight bar/luggage rack & the beautiful tank with the lights & bell. This particular
    bike is in really excellent condition for being 50 years old. The Candyapple Red paint is like glass & the chrome is very nice except for minor ruist on the rims.
    I found it in Upstate New York on Craigslist. This is a keeper!.................Wayne

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  2. #2 Posted Dec 7, 2011
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    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Nice Bike!
     
  3. #3 Posted Dec 7, 2011

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    Wow

    That is a bueatiful bike. I never understood how the bike had such great lines but a really odd and bulky horn button.
    Nice find!!
     
  4. #4 Posted Dec 9, 2011

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Cant wait till I get around to making mine look this good.
     
  5. #5 Posted Dec 9, 2011

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    Awesome bike! I'd love to find one of those someday.
     
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    Thanks guys..Lrggarge horn

    Firstly, thanks for the nice comments. I really love finding bikes this old is such amazing original condition.
    Also...Lrggarge...It is a large button, but it is not a horn, it is a really loud mechanical bell. It sounds like a loud hotel
    lobby desk bell..................Wayne
     
  7. #7 Posted Dec 15, 2011

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    Wayne....That is a great find!!
    The bike is in awesome condition. These are beautiful yet rugged looking and I would trade 2 of my bikes for one of these....well maybe not but....I want one!
    The rear rack is amazing and the tank light is a real eye catcher.

    Dear Santa, PLEASE!!!!!

    How much did you have to pay for this classic find?
     
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    Thanks for the good words about the bike. The guy wanted $300.00 for the bike, but I got it for $225.00
    Now, I know that would sound like a lot to some people for a middleweight, but to find a 50 year old bike that
    is in this condition is very rare, and I do not have to spend a dime on restoring it.
    I actually think this perticular Columbia is way cooler that it's Schwinn counterpart. You are also correct
    in the fact that this is built very well. Anyway, good luck, I hope you find one. I believe this particular tank
    design is one year only, 1961..................Wayne
     
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    Wow, you stole that one Wayne! 300 wasn't unreasonable in that minty condition imho! :cool:
     
  10. #10 Posted Dec 18, 2011

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Mine is what I believe to be a 1959 same tank as yours....
     

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    1959 Firearrow..

    Hi 1959firearrow. You are right, same tank. I stand corrected, '61 was the last year of this tank. So I believe it is '59, '60 & '61....Wayne
     
  12. #12 Posted Dec 22, 2011

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    Another 61 Firebolt...different tank

    I guess you were right, as usual....lol
    I have been searching what sources I can to find a bike like yours. I found this on CL in N. Jersy but it's tanklight is like my 69 Columbia Cruiser.

    http://newjersey.craigslist.org/bik/2713415992.html

    I need aquire Mr. Columbias catalogs he has for sale to research the exact years your tanklight was made.
    Anywho....still looking....dear Santa....
    Do you think he's listening?
     
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    Hey jd56...

    Hey jd56... In the Craigslist ad that you posted, the guy is wrong. The bike he has listed is a 1962 or newer.
    I believe he may have corrected the ad since that posting. Either way, he is definately wrong. The Rounded "Eye ball" light tank that is on mine
    was used from '59 to '61. '61 was the last year for it. It is kind of a shame that they changed it. The tank on my '61 is very well constructed,
    and even the light chrome bezels and white visors are all metal, not plastic. Anyway, I got this bike just in time. I kept putting the guy off, and I got to him just
    one day before he was going to take it to a flea market.
    Keep looking, you will find one!...............................................Wayne
     
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    Thanks Wayne.
    I love the "eyeball" tanklight. Any other bike manufacturers used this tanklight design?
    It would be great to broaden my search. These firebolts are few and far between.
     
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    Hey jd56

    I also have been looking, and the only two bikes I have found with this tank are the 1959 Columbia Firearrow,
    and the 1961 Firebolt. There does not seem to be a similar tank by any other manufacturer either. What sold me on this bike
    beside the outstanding condition was the tank and the straight bar welded rack design.
    Wayne
     
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    Firebolt or firearrow ..ill keep my eyes peeled.
     
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    Wayne,
    So how's that great looking firebolt doin?
    I posted a few question on the schwinn side of the forum today....don't go there too often. a member sent this CO cL listing.
    I sent the seller an email and awaiting a resonse. He wants way to much for this frankenbike but, dang it's a Columbia Firearrow.....dang, I want it. But, not for $175....well???? dagnabbit then there is freight. Too overpriced.

    http://fortcollins.craigslist.org/bik/2771215360.html
     
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    Hey jd

    Hi JD, Thanks for bumping my Firebolt to the top. That firearrow has potential, and the same tank as my Firebolt, but probably a bit overpriced considering condition
    if you have to pay for shipping. I took a ride today into PA. A guy called me and said he had lots of middleweight bikes. Holy cow, when I got there I could not believe
    the pile of junk. All were missing parts, all were completely rusted out and none were that desireable at at all.
    I keep looking at my '61 Firebolt and I am so happy that I bought it!.
    Hey, you just bought a nice bike, maybe you should take a break!, just kidding, we just can't stop!............Wayne
     
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    Still I don't understand how this seller be contacted.
    I got the info of this site after reading a post on how to find national CL postings.
    i.d. like to make an offer if it is still avail.
    Are you near this area outside or in boston?
    Can you help me on this?
    Im on a roadtrip to roanoke va today returning my niece to college and stopping.g see a potential eldorado.
    I don't expect much but ill be near there anyway. Never know.
    oh im always in the market for a firebolt or arrow. Thanks to u brother.....lol
     
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    Hi JD,
    If I were in the area or even a good drive away, I would help you, but Boston is very far for me also, it's a few hundred miles northeast.
    I know, because my wife & I vacation in Rockpost & Salem, Mass, and we pass by Boston. If you find something within my reach, I will gladly get it for you.
    Wayne