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dnc1

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Apr 1, 2016
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53
Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK
The bike that started it all for me was this 1962 Columbia Firebolt that I happened to find. I was immediately attracted to the bike's integrated rack and Firebolt logo. When I purchased the bike, it barely had any paint, was missing its fenders, and had wheels that were in terrible shape. Over the course of a year and with the help of good friends I was able to restore and customize the bike to what it is today. Now I've grown to really enjoy riding and working on old bikes and have 4 ranging from 1941-1962.
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That's a great looking bicycle!
 

HANDLE BAR HORDER

I live for the CABE
Sep 30, 2015
1,954
SO CAL
The bike that started it all for me was this 1962 Columbia Firebolt that I happened to find. I was immediately attracted to the bike's integrated rack and Firebolt logo. When I purchased the bike, it barely had any paint, was missing its fenders, and had wheels that were in terrible shape. Over the course of a year and with the help of good friends I was able to restore and customize the bike to what it is today. Now I've grown to really enjoy riding and working on old bikes and have 4 ranging from 1941-1962.
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cds2323

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Nov 20, 2009
2,231
Lacota, Mi
My first balloon tire bike was a 1948 Monark built bike. I bought it over 30 years ago. It had an ugly black w/white house paint job. It had no badge, never have figured out what badge fits. Rode that 'black bomber' all over until 1995 when I was involved in a wreck with a car. The frame broke, fork bent, crank and chainring bent, and stem and bars bent. It's been wall art since. Replaced it with a 49 Columbia frame and used all the salvageable parts on it. Later that summer picked up a 1936 Westfield for $200 complete with tank and horn lite. That was when I guess I became a collector versus just someone who rode and liked old bikes.

1948 Monark built 'black bomber'
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1949 Columbia with Monark parts, 1995
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1936 Westfield
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SHO2010

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jul 14, 2016
951
61
Ft.Wayne, IN
This is the one that got me started. I always wanted a 5 speed Sting Ray when I was a kid but never got one. One night I saw this 5 speed on ebay at that time it was a complete bike shifter, rims,handlebars, brakes, everything even an orginal seat. Someone had painted it this green over the factory Campus Green. I never got around to stripping the frame and fork and took all the other parts and used them on a blue frame that I got after that. That one is for my 11 year old granddaughter, she has been riding it for the last 3 years. Then things took off from there. Now I want to build a 5 speed Sting Ray for each if my 4 grand kids I have 3 more to go, so when they turn16 they can sell them use money for their first car or keep them.
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whizzer kid

I live for the CABE
Mar 23, 2015
1,201
Buffalo, United States
My first and kind of rare is this og paint Cycle Truck . Have had now for 2 decades . Plan on passing it to my boys for them to enjoy . Was used as a delivery bike in Chicago originally .

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Monarky

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 29, 2012
465
Ontario, California
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In 2012, I got into collecting classic bikes when I bought this 1947 Monark, which I still have in my collection.
 
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PCHiggin

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 22, 2008
3,793
Ryderwood, United States
this is my first bike, a 1936 CCM Flyte
didn't know what I had, and passed it on for wayyyy to cheap, it was 20 some years ago
I only have actual real copy pictures of it .... yes kids, real pictures
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Really a cool style.My Dad must have wanted one of those.He was from Tecumseh Ontario,born 1923.He was quick to mention CCM bikes whenever I'd mention the Sting-Ray
 

redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,228
Seattle, United States
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Started with this 1989. This is what I got hooked on 1928 Elgin switch tank ......I and still have it. I bought it from the original owner who could barley move it he told me the story of the #4 painted on the tank..
 
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REC

I live for the CABE
Dec 6, 2006
1,072
Lake Worth, United States
When I got divorced in 2002, I started looking for something to ride off a few pounds (That part didn't work!) and found two Schwinns, listed by the same seller, locally on eBay as pick-up only. Being as they were close, I stuck a bid on both of them figuring I might end up with one. I ended up with two.
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74 Typhoon

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Ratphoon

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75 Speedster

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Frankenbike Speeedsteray
This led to my need for a 12 step program.
My name is Roland and I am a bicycle addict.

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King Louie

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 31, 2016
218
61
Burbank
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The very first was my beloved tricycle , but the bike that started it all was my 64 Deluxe Stingray I got Xmas morning in 66 as a used bike because my family couldn't afford a new bike , I cried when everyone on their new bikes laughed at my worn Xmas gift , little did I know it's value as it was to become as my best friend as we went from stock to chopper to BMX " stages together
 
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