BALLOON:   1940's Columbia...? Help posted by: Dave on 9/30/2007 at 9:43:45 PM
I just picked up a vintage Columbia... same one my dad had when he was a kid... used original photo as a guide when purchasing. Bike is missing name plate though... also missing rear carrier. I'd like to find these original parts... but step one would be to determine the exact year / model of the bike. My dad told me it was a Columbia... and from his age in the photo, I'd say the bike was from the early `40's.... boy's bike, skip-tooth chain, "Torpedo" fender headlight, no tank, solid front fork.... obviously not a "deluxe" model, but it did have a front headlight and rear carrier. Would also like to find out what the original tires were on this bike - I'd like to restore it to as original as possible. Original paint is good... maroon with cream accents. I can email photos of the bike. Any help greatly appreciated in terms of identifying the exact year and model, as well as determining what frame nameplate, rear carrier and tires should be on this bike... and how I can find these parts. My dad is old and not well and I'd like to fix up this bike and present it to him as soon as possible, hopefully it will bring back some good memories for him. Thank you (and I'm sure my dad thanks you too).


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   RE:BALLOON: 1940's Columbia...? Help posted by Dave on 9/30/2007 at 10:17:41 PM
I just wanted to add: I just did some further research and found a picture of a "1950's Goodyear" bicycle that looks very much like the bike I am trying to restore... it is indeed a Westfield (Columbia) bike... same frame, chainguard, sprocket, etc. I also found a 1948 Columbia catalog that shows a bike almost exactly like the one I have here... so it appears that my bike here is probably closer to late `40's than early `40's... and does appear to be one of the most stripped down models offered. I'd still appreciate and help in determining what type of badge, carrier and tires were on this bike, and how to find. Thank you


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   RE:RE:BALLOON: 1940's Columbia...? Help posted by jr on 10/2/2007 at 7:05:26 AM
Check the serial number list on this site for the year. The parts you seek are common, but you might be able to replace the bike for less $$ than restoration. There's a nice one on Ebay now.
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   RE:BALLOON: 1940's Columbia...? Help posted by paul on 10/5/2007 at 12:52:34 PM
to identify the year Columbia, Westfield, and Elgin cycles see letter number combo under bottom bracket: A = 1936, B=1937 and so forth, I have a 1942 Westfield Compax Traveller with serial number starting with letter "G" paul
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AGE / VALUE:   tank bike "standard" posted by: kenny on 9/28/2007 at 7:35:35 PM
hi i recently purchased a bike that i am having a hard time identifying.it is a 26 in. green in color tank bike with a back rack and a regular front fork.most of the parts on the bike including the tires are made in west germany.there is a sticker on the back down seat tube that sais made in west germany.the front badge ses "standard" and is surounded by laeves.the word "standard" is also on the tank and on the chain guard. i found the badge on a web site but it did not say what bike or vintage it was related to.if anyone has any info on this i will aprecieate your input.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   tank bike posted by Esteban on 10/12/2007 at 5:21:19 AM
Standard was a German bike. You may do a search of " Standard Fahrrad ". [ fahrrad is German for bicycle' Hopefully you can find one about like yours & get the page translated from German to English @ an online translation site,
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Tubular Tires for steel clad wood wheels posted by: Lane on 9/27/2007 at 3:34:56 PM
Greetings, I have picked up a old 26 inch middleweight bike with steel clad wood wheels. I will need tires to ride. Where can I find these and what kind of cost?
Thanks, Lane
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   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Tubular Tires for steel clad wood wheels posted by morris on 10/4/2007 at 6:40:45 PM
coker tire
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   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Tubular Tires for steel clad wood wheels posted by Lane on 10/17/2007 at 4:23:18 PM
Thanks!
Lane
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AGE / VALUE:   J.C. HIGGINS posted by: Doug on 9/26/2007 at 5:23:38 PM
Hello, I recently purchased this J.C Higgins bicycle for $10. I was told it was a 1946 or 48'. It's a skip tooth so it should be from that era. I thought it was rusty when I saw the online image but that turned out to be the faded original maroon paint. It has a yellow tag on the seat tube where I can just make out the number 501-235. I'm curious what year it is. I'm fairly mechanical and am going to attempt to relace the wheel (with the help of sheldon brown) but am unsure on where to acquire some spokes and nipples. Any applicable info about the bike in general. will be appreciated. Either way enjoy the photos. Thanks!


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MISC:   columbia posted by: jerry on 9/25/2007 at 5:36:16 PM
I have a old columbia cyclone 60. I am trying to figure out the year made. ser number is E423 43 just the way it shows with a space between 423 and 43. Then below that it has G 5. i can't seem to fiqure it out. Thanks. jerry
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