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Hello Adrian,(Thanks for the notice, @blackcat (-: )
I compiled the list you are looking at, and, yes N/K is not known, and I'm always happy to fill in those gaps. (-:
Please couls you confirm the number for me? I seem to read J34??9, which makes it an early 1945 frame, probably February or March. If you look above the stamping you might find N2, 2N, 3N, or N3. That would help tie down a more exact date (and remove a N/K). If there's nothing, that's useful to know too.
Post 19 here will show you what to look for:
I have many WW2 Era Columbias and I will post the serial numbers once I have the time to get a look at all of them. Sent from my SM-N910V using Tapatalkthecabe.com
As mentioned above, it's an F92L, there are no known M for military stamped frames of this type, but the reinforced frame is a WW2 only thing. The Lightweight frames like this were made throughout the war, and the Balloon tyred ones from around February 1944 onwards.
Certainly there are photos of mainly USMC units using civilian pattern wartime bicycles, mainly for training and recreation, so, yes, there is a chance it could have been bought in and used by the military during this period.
The link is to the only photo of a reinforced frame Compax I've seen so far in military service, likely a recreational bike in the USA.
Hi All, I tried to buy a group of photos including these over the weekend, but was outbid. If you are the new owner, and want me to take these down, let me know. I waited a few days to see if they would be posted here. In the meantime, thank you for the use of them. It's not exactly an...thecabe.com
It looks quite savable, you may want to look up some of the Molassas treatments discussed on the site. These bikes break down to quite small parts, so it would be easier than with a one piece frame.
Thanks for the info, I also just posted a question about the chart and my serial number falling under the 92H when it is actually a 92L so I guess that would be answered by you. I can make out much of the rest of the serial number or any other marks around it except for what looks like a partial "2". I will try to get something to clean off the rust to see what I can discover! Hopefully this bike helps fill in the chart.