Columbia with Pipes


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PCHiggin

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 22, 2008
3,168
915
Ryderwood, United States
#5
Whats on the license plate? I think its a 50's. bike.
 
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MrColumbia

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 23, 2009
2,351
1,665
Western Mass
www.vintagecolumbiabikes.com
#6
The reason I put 1960 out there as a suggested year is this style tank first shows up in the 1960 catalog. This is despite this style chain guard last seen in the catalogs of 1957. While it is possible old chain guards could still be around a couple of years after they are officially obsoleted, it's less likely that a tank is used that is not designed yet.

It is also possible for the tank to have been added later but I find that very unlikely. The common practice for most boys of the era was to strip down a bike, not add tanks to it.

I would not be surprised if the serial number showed a 1959 manufacture date but it is just a guess at this point.

This mis-mash of parts is very common with Columbia's.

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the tinker

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 4, 2014
2,472
4,802
Planet Mongo
#8
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Those pipes on that Columbia are obviously factory installed at the Westfield plant. Here is a photo of an extremely rare bike I have with exhaust pipes that were factory installed by Schwinn way back when. It also has the much coveted "cross brace clockometer". This bike was owned by Olympic runner, the great Jesse Owens and was used by him for warm-ups during the 1936 Olympic games in Germany. It was rumored that Jesse gave Ava Braum a ride on the the rear carrier around the track , Ava waving to a smiling Adolph Hitler. After the war Jesse sold the bike to Howard Hughes. Sometime later it was rumored to be purchased by Frank Schwinn for his private collection but that can not be confirmed.
I would be somewhat remiss not to mention that the designer of this bike was the world re-known inventor B. S. Aplenty.
Aplenty it should be noted was part of the international team of inventors and scientists that built the German airship zeppelin Hindenburg. Mr. Aplenty was credited for convincing the German government the advantages of using hydrogen to inflate the airship. B.S. , as his close friends fondly called him disappeared after the crash of the Hindenburg in 1936.
and was never seen again..........
I write this just in case anyone wants to know this info and because Bricycle made me write it. It was all his idea, not mine.
 

Evans200

I live for the CABE
Aug 24, 2014
1,795
2,159
62
Romeo, Michigan
#9
The reason I put 1960 out there as a suggested year is this style tank first shows up in the 1960 catalog. This is despite this style chain guard last seen in the catalogs of 1957. While it is possible old chain guards could still be around a couple of years after they are officially obsoleted, it's less likely that a tank is used that is not designed yet.

It is also possible for the tank to have been added later but I find that very unlikely. The common practice for most boys of the era was to strip down a bike, not add tanks to it.

I would not be surprised if the serial number showed a 1959 manufacture date but it is just a guess at this point.

This mis-mash of parts is very common with Columbia's.

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Here's a pic of my 1960 Torpedo
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Andrew Gorman

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 15, 2008
2,676
620
Pasadena (Hastings Ranch), United States
#10
I think those were a (McCauley?) accessory piece. I did not see them in quick flip through a 1962 Service Cycle Supply catalog. If memory serves me correctly they also had a clacker noisemaker involved. They look sharp, but could also be home-made out of vacuum cleaner wands.
 

rhenning

I live for the CABE
May 9, 2010
1,393
326
69
Sharon wi United States
#11
I also remember the pipes being an accessory you could buy and put on your bike when I was a kid. Never had the money to get them though. Roger
 

the tinker

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 4, 2014
2,472
4,802
Planet Mongo
#13
Well.....as long as we are discussing factory accessories on Columbia .......Check out my Columbia factory built "Cowboy" bike. It is not a middleweight and has no lake-pipes but it sure is kool [I think] I purchased it from fellow Caber Bricycle and he assured me[ I had some doubts, that he put to rest] it is authentic and that it was factory built by Columbia to compete in answer to the cowboy bike craze started by Rollfast bicycle's, Hopalong Casidy model.
Pictured is my neighbor , riding it.
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Supposedly Columbia had a carpenter working at the plant name Bob Shorts [ or affectionately known at the plant as just plain old "B.S."] that came up with the idea. Never was much of a hit as much work was required to produce. Maybe only a few exist today.
None the less it was another true classic and survivor from the past. :) I would love to install those lake pipes on this bike!
Maybe Bricycle would care to shed some more light on the facts of this fine bike he sold me.[ none too cheaply I might add.] He assured me it is a true classic and can only appreciate in value....can always count on a fellow Caber! Thank You Bricycle !:):):)

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bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
20,744
5,144
Chicago area west
#14
Tinker (alias baloney sausage), I think you purchased this bike from Pricycle, whom I sometimes get confused with. ('course I often am confused). I have a pair of lake pipes I paid $50.00 off e-bay, but I will give you a real deal for your wheel.
 

MrColumbia

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 23, 2009
2,351
1,665
Western Mass
www.vintagecolumbiabikes.com
#15
The Columbia factory always installed the six shooters pointed to the west. This bike is obviously one of the contraband re-pops made in Moldova during the Cold War. Only a few were smuggled through the Iron Curtain before the hole was plugged. One of the other dead giveaways is the unibrow on the horse's face which was patterned after Leonid Brezhnev himself.

You have a national treasure there...a national treasure!
 

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