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I wish I had kept the many rusty bikes I've had like that over the years. Bikes that I parted out and gotten rid of because they looked rough. . I look at them differently now. Those bikes tell a story, they're survivors, they don't want to be re-painted. And since I am a survivor, it's like I can relate to them. I like my scars.
Keep your bike the way it is and enjoy it. I like it. Your Columbia has crust, it's earned it!