1941 Columbia????

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Mike/Ohio

On Training Wheels
Sep 14, 2020
2
53
Midwest, Ohio
I am new to the forum and to antique bikes. I reenact and was thinking about building a tribute Columbia G519 Military bicycle. I bought this bike from an online add, now I am not sure I have what I wanted.

The hand stamped number under the pedal housing is F74702 which, according to what I've seen, makes this bike a 1941 Columbia. A few things confuse me though. First, the rear end of the frame comes up. Columbia bicycles I have seen from this era are flat to the drop out. Second, it had standard chain and sprockets. I thought pre-war bicycles were skip chain.

Thanks in advance for any help in identifying this bike.
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MrColumbia

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 23, 2009
2,526
Western Mass
Not all pre-war bicycles were skip chain. Westfield/Columbia started using 1/2" pitch chains on many models in the 30's but still were using 1" pitch chains on lower end models post-war until 1947.


It's tough to tell from the pictures but it looks like the rear of your frame has some damage and is bent. The front fork looks bent a little too.
 

Mercian

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jul 1, 2016
756
53
France
Hi,

It's not a 1941 Westfield Columbia. Or made by Westfield at all.

Post 3 on the link below shows a typical F 1941 Westfield frame number. You can see that it's untidy, and hand stamped, in comparison to yours, which is tidy, and machine stamped.


I've been trying to figure it out, but I'm out of lunchtime now. Closest I could guess was a 1940 Schwinn, which would fit the F74702 number, and tidy machinr stamping, but I've just noticed the 7 is a different font to known Schwinn examples and I couldn't find a model with a matching frame., so I don't think it's that, see an example below.


Sorry, I put an hour into it without a result.

Best Regards,

Adrian
 

Mike/Ohio

On Training Wheels
Sep 14, 2020
2
53
Midwest, Ohio
Thanks for all your assistance everyone who replied. So it's a 1946-47 CWC Roadmaster.... does anyone have interest in this bike? I would like to trade for a bike I could use to tribute/clone a WWII military bike. I am in west central Ohio.

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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
19,959
Evans, GA
Hi friends.!!! @ Mike/Ohio.

This is not a Columbia bike.

It's a (1946) or (1947).
Roamaster (CWC) frame with couples of.

Different parts, from other bike brand.
Agreed--CWC. Ironically this bike originally had a skip tooth drive train. Not going to be close to correct for a tribute though. V/r Shawn
 
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