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Phattiremike

I live for the CABE
May 16, 2016
1,122
1,431
Dahlonega Ga.
#1
I picked up a bunch of goodies yesterday but this one is killer. Appears to be original for the most part. I'm told the tires were replaced 10-15 years ago for a parade and after that it sat on display, the seat seems to be a replaced. The name badge is worn and in a tough spot to get a good read on it, I can see lots of little #'s maybe they are patent dates? The serial # located just forward and under the seat appears to be 80 79 then 52, or 80 73 52.

Any help in identifying would be great. Front tire is 52" the rear is 18.5"

Thank you

Also got a shadow box w/ various Eagle badges, they look real old.

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Craig Allen

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jun 23, 2016
94
204
64
Millville NJ
#3
Yes a 1885 Columbia Expert. You will find a serial number stamped on top of the backbone neck along with the wheel size and also stamped underneath the front fork bridge on the backside. Nice bike and a potential nice rider.
 

Phattiremike

I live for the CABE
May 16, 2016
1,122
1,431
Dahlonega Ga.
#5
Thanks for the info guys. Is it possible when they re did the tires to ride in the parade the fork got turned around? Can’t understand why the head-badge would face the rider.

So what now? Clean or leave it as found, seems like I should rub it down with something and bring it inside. 1885 wow, any ads/advertising on this one Craig?
Btw these wheels spin true so I believe it to be a rider I just don’t have the nuts to attempt it, I’m no kid!

Mike
 
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Craig Allen

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jun 23, 2016
94
204
64
Millville NJ
#6
I believe you can get a copy of the Columbia catalog from the Wheelmen library.
Waxoyl is a good rust preventative on your bike.
Also, the dust shield always faces the rider. The patent dates changed over the years and from model to model but probably reads as follows-
Expert Columbia
Made By
Pope Mf'g. Co.
Patented
Nov. 20 1877 July 3 1883
June 3 1879 Feb. 2 1885
Aug. 9 1881 Mar.17 1885
Nov. 8 1881 July 7 1885
Dec. 13 1881 July 28 1885
Jan. 10 1882 July 31 1885
 

TR6SC

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 12, 2016
992
2,530
66
Eureka, CA
#11
Hey Mike, Congrats. The headbadge is known as a patent plate. As Craig has stated, the purpose is as a dust shield. Good looking bike. You've even got the pedals. Lovely.
 

Sped Man

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 5, 2012
2,372
1,618
Planet Gallifrey
#12
Congrats on the awesome find. IF it was mine I would treat the rust to slow it down or stop it. You could use some rust converter or just rub it down with grease. You could steel wool the spokes and then treat them with a light coat of grease to protect the finish. If you leave the spokes along they will eventually rust away making the High Wheel useless.
 

Phattiremike

I live for the CABE
May 16, 2016
1,122
1,431
Dahlonega Ga.
#14
Congrats on the awesome find. IF it was mine I would treat the rust to slow it down or stop it. You could use some rust converter or just rub it down with grease. You could steel wool the spokes and then treat them with a light coat of grease to protect the finish. If you leave the spokes along they will eventually rust away making the High Wheel useless.
Thanks for the heads up on treating the bike, I will definitely treat the bike and work othe the spokes. Also thanks for getting me directed to a source for the bike stand!

Mike
 

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