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Old 01-17-22, 09:20 PM
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Anybody know what year this Columbia Torpedo is?

So I recently acquired an old Columbia Torpedo for a great price (Seller said probably 1960's model) even though it is pretty rough around the edges and will need some work. Although, I am noticing things here and there that are missing and/or may not be factory so I wanted to know if anybody can tell me more about the bike I will have attached a picture of. I've been looking for a while online until I stumbled upon this thread and there's really not that much info out there about vintage Columbia cruisers. I am most curious to know what year it is so that I can start finding parts for the things that I know are missing.
-Columbia Torpedo for sure but I have yet to see this tank style of bike with a black seat although the seat may not be original (i dont know)
-Handlebars/Grips on bike in photo are not original for sure
-I'm guessing pedals are not original as they seem shinier than the rest of the metal on the cranks and I haven't seen this kind of pedal in pictures on columbia's before
-Wheels seem to be in pretty good shape for potentially being 70 years old so may not be original but it is possible depending on material
-I have seen pictures of similar bikes almost all with fenders and/or a cargo rack so I believe I am missing those pieces for sure
- What year is it? Best guess?
- Which parts am I missing? (Fenders for sure) Cargo rack over back wheel? Handlebar style I should be looking for as well as sizing? Fender or handlebar lights? potential vintage light improvisations?
- Handlebar grip ideas for comfort? Looking to restore most of it (mayyyyyybe paint) but will probably maximize the comfort with newer seat/grips/pedals/cup holder/etc

DISCLAIMER (KINDA) : I just joined the forum and will have to make 10 posts or replys in order to post the photo I have so I'm really sorry but I need to find out more since this seems like the perfect forum to do it. Again very sorry but this seems to be the downside to immediately joining haha
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Old 01-20-22, 11:42 AM
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This forum basically wont let me do anything before I make ten posts which could take forever considering all the mandatory wait times between posting and limits to what I can do before then so would somebody mind emailing me at cprhorwitz@gmail.com so that I can forward you the pictures to post them for me? Sorry but dont want to wait a year to get info on a bike I already have in pieces haha
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1895 Columbia Model #44 Factory Racer

The racing models starting in 1892 used a blue rim and Columbia called these "The Blue Rimmed Racers".

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