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MrColumbia

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 23, 2009
2,435
Western Mass
www.vintagecolumbiabikes.com
If my memory is correct Vista was Columbia's brand to compete with Schwinn.
I've heard that before but never got it. We did make Vista's at the Columbia plant with that chrome stick on badge but they were of a lesser quality than the typical Columbia badged bike we put out. At the time I never heard anything about the Vista line in direct competition with Schwinn. Honestly, we thought it was to compete with lesser quality bikes like Murray and Huffy and not better made bikes of the day such as Schwinn.

Yes, you heard it from me, in the 70's people in the American bicycle manufacturing industry ranked from top to bottom;

1) Schwinn
2) Columbia
3) Huffy
4) Murry
5) Ross
 

Brian R.

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 16, 2015
472
Toronto, Canada
How about this one, from communist-bloc Czechoslovakia in 1961:
MajesticRed1.jpg
....Nah, my mistake, not even close. It's totally different from this 1960 Schwinn - see the chain guard! :D
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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
11,556
Central Arizona
How about this one, from communist-bloc Czechoslovakia in 1961:
MajesticRed1.jpg
....Nah, my mistake, not even close. It's totally different from this 1960 Schwinn - see the chain guard! :D
1960SchwinnSpeedster.jpg
That cantilver looks like the Saint Louis Arch.

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Muleman121

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 28, 2012
311
Murrieta, United States
Idk about all that, but for me...its the bikes themselves...the history and legend are just a bonus...they are suhhweet bicycles.

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Bought a SS new in 71 same color! Was a great bike. Gave it to Stepdad and he rode it all over also.


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Saving Tempest

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 6, 2012
5,122
53
Earth (Middle)
Rollfast, I do believe...might be mistaken, but don't think it was Schwinn
Rollfast/Snyder had a cantilivered frame before Schwinn though, c.1936 IIRC, not a Schwinn invention.

And yes, I also seem to recall that Schwinn didn't think up the balloon tire bike but they did have a lot to do with standardizing the 26x2.125" tire size.
 
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