Columbia paratrooper bike

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Euphman06

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Aug 17, 2011
3,167
18064
These bikes still confuse me.... what year do you think this is and what's missing? Not sure if it had fenders, chain guard, or if the grips are correct...

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Buster1

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 23, 2011
856
Las Vegas
Pretty sure they always had fenders. There were balloon tire models (more rare) and skinny tire versions. Looks like maybe you have a balloon tire example?
 

jpromo

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 26, 2011
3,881
Plymouth, Michigan
That would be the ballooner version of the Compax bicycle. There were civilian models as well as military models and I think the military ones had an extra brace in the rear triangle which suggests this is a civilian model. Very cool!
 

Euphman06

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Aug 17, 2011
3,167
18064
Seems like mismatched rims? or is it just hard to tell from the condition of the chrome? I think there is too much missing to make this worth while. Fenders, chain guard, rims?
 

jpromo

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 26, 2011
3,881
Plymouth, Michigan
It'd make a unique rider! The missing parts shouldn't be anything unique to this bike apart from other Columbias of the time. If you don't have much money into it then it's worth it putting together or riding as is. They don't have a ton of value but definitely draw attention.

You should be able to get the year from the serial number and a google search of the Westfield database.
 

Gary Mc

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 5, 2011
2,297
Buford GA
Too much missing to restore it BUT to me it could be made into a GREAT RIDER to keep in the trunk of a car to use at a moments notice if you can get it cheap.
 
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