1898 Columbia Pope Chainless model 50

Discussion in 'Antique Bicycles Pre-1933' started by prewarmachine, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. #1 Posted Jul 14, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Just wanted to share my very slow project. Bought it in parts in a suit case many years ago. Looks like the wrong front wheel and a lot of work ahead to make this a viable bicycle again..found the donor rear section. Hoping one day it can ride again!

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  2. #2 Posted Jul 16, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    I have a 1899. I want to see this on the road again. Great effort.
     
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  3. #3 Posted Jul 18, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    I have an excellent condition piece of Columbia brand unobtanium. A rear gear cover for sale right now on feebay that could be negotiated elsewhere.

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  4. #4 Posted Jul 30, 2017

    On Training Wheels

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    Nice bike! That is pretty much my dream bicycle :D
     
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  5. #5 Posted Jul 31, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Finally riding a big boys bike

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  7. #7 Posted Sep 20, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    I've got what I think is a model 50 also, but without the badge. Could you post a photo of your Model 50 badge and the front hub so I know what to look for? bike-columbia-50-chainless1.jpg bike-columbia-50-chainless5.jpg
     
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  8. #8 Posted Sep 21, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    I'll take a picture or two of the headbadge tonight for you. My front wheel is all wrong. It has a flanged edge for bent spokes and it should be a straight pull like your rear hub. Ill see if I can find a picture of a front hub for you too.
     
  9. #9 Posted Sep 21, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    I can send you a measured drawing if you want of the front hub which is off of my model 50.
     
  10. #10 Posted Sep 21, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Disregard the one extra wide mounting hole..I think someone made mine light-weight for racing

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  11. #11 Posted Sep 21, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    gifarmer I think maybe the rear hub on your bike is a Cleveland ball end type spoke hub. But don;t think the fork is Cleveland.
    Just my take on it. Also those ball end spokes are rarer than hens teeth.
     
  12. #12 Posted Mar 30, 2018

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Wow, somehow I didn't see your replies last September. Thanks for the photos. That's roughly what I thought the badge would look like, but now I know for sure and can see the details, such as the patent dates. The biggest problem of course is to find one.
     
  13. #13 Posted Mar 30, 2018

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    So, would a Cleveland rear hub be incorrect? Or, are you thinking I need a different front fork? I've got a set of repro ball-end spokes that I bought about 20 years ago from a guy at a bike swap but I haven't found a front hub to use them with.
     
  14. #14 Posted Mar 30, 2018

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    I think your rear hub is a porcupine hub with the studs missing.
    They are removable
     
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  15. #15 Posted Mar 30, 2018

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Please send a measured drawing to me
     
  16. #16 Posted Apr 5, 2018

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Does it have 6 holes for a headbadge?