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Columbia Three Star DeLuxe


Columbia Three Star DeLuxe

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This is my Columbia Three Star DeLuxe. It was a gift from my uncle about 1965, his neighbors were throwing it out with the trash! She was a little faded and slightly rusty, but complete and roadworthy when I received it. I rode this bicycle throughout chiidhood, until a driver's license and a car got in my way at the age of 16. The Columbia sat in a utility building for years, getting an occasional short ride a few times per year. As a teenager, I disassembled it and painted it blue with spray paint cans, big mistake! I bought a Schwinn Deluxe 7 a while ago, which reminded me so much of my beloved Columbia...so much, in fact, that it inspired me to have the Columbia restored to its' original glory! So, after installing a new set of whitewall tires and some new tubes, she was taken to the restoration shop. With the help of some 'new old stock' parts and a reproduction headlight, the Columbia is again proudly on the road! As you can imagine, after having this bike for so many years and finally having it properly restored, it is my favorite...the 'new' Schwinn doesn't get ridden much these days! The Columbia is an absolute joy to ride...solid, smooth, and maneuverable...and is quite an attention grabber! It still sports the original New Departure rear hub, but I had a smaller front sprocket installed to ease the uphill pedaling a bit since I'm hardly a teenager anymore. I am not certain of the year of manufacture, the serial number was not legible, but the gentleman that restored it was fairly certain that it is a 1948 or 1949 model. I enjoy riding the Columbia more now than I did as a child, she is my pride and joy!

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Here is the Columbia in the foreground, with my Schwinn Deluxe 7 in the rear. I love the 'springer' forks on the Schwinn, but the Colmbia is still my favorite. Got to love those old truss rods on the Columbia!



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