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DeLombardR

USA
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Posted - 03/13/2017 :  15:31:32  Show Profile  Visit DeLombardR's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I am helping an organization reduce their inventory and this 50" open head Columbia is available.

It is in the 1881-83 range. The wood handlebar grips and bolt/nuts for pedal rubbers are not original.

There were a couple of open head Columbia's last year at Copake.
Two were in the $4-5K region but seemed to be more complete.

Overall view


Pedals crank hub view


badge view


Pedal view


Rear hub view


Step view




Edited by - DeLombardR on 04/10/2017 13:36:00

DeLombardR

USA
1654 Posts

Posted - 03/20/2017 :  17:47:47  Show Profile  Visit DeLombardR's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I am only a middle man bringing this Columbia to the attention of the Wheelmen. I have no vested interest in the machine.

Is anyone interested in discussing directly with the museum director to purchase this? Please e-mail me and I will pass along contact information.
ohiowheelmencapt@gmail.com

Transportation to Copake, Memory Lane, or Saline could be arranged if necessary. It is currently in Ohio.

Richard
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DeLombardR

USA
1654 Posts

Posted - 03/23/2017 :  07:20:58  Show Profile  Visit DeLombardR's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Since there has been a surprisingly low response here, I put this on The CABE also.
http://thecabe.com/forum/threads/1881-83-open-head-columbia-high-wheel-for-sale.107484/
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Alan Ponder

USA
294 Posts

Posted - 03/26/2017 :  13:57:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wasn't much interest there either I saw. I don't really understand why open head bikes pulled the prices they did at Copake last year. I've been told they weren't very good for actually riding. Maybe that's why the lack of interest.
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Craig Allen

990 Posts

Posted - 03/26/2017 :  16:43:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Alan, I don't know who told you that the Columbia Standard is not a good riding bike, but the opinion is evidently biased. According to the Columbia catalog, there is only a 1 pound difference between the Standard and the Expert. The open head Columbia is very much a good solid rider and will handle all kinds of rough road work. Thumbs up.

Dick, Looks like something is going on under the nameplate. The bike is missing the patent date shield.
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DeLombardR

USA
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Posted - 03/26/2017 :  20:27:51  Show Profile  Visit DeLombardR's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Craig. It was kind of dim inside when I visited and I didn't want to 'pick' at the badge.
I am not familiar with these, where is the patent date shield located? On the head by the bearing points?

I have had one inquiry from the CABE site.

Edited by - DeLombardR on 03/26/2017 20:29:28
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Craig Allen

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Posted - 03/27/2017 :  04:26:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dick, The patent shield hanged on top of the fork head and faced the rear.
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Alan Ponder

USA
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Posted - 03/27/2017 :  14:56:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It may have been biased, and I won't divulge the source. I've only been riding a couple of years. I've never been on an open head. Maybe I'll have a chance to get on one one day and be able to form an opinion of my own. So far I've only ridden 3 different high wheels. A 48" Whitney, a 48" Columbia Expert, and a 48" Victor Junior. Of those 3, the Columbia Expert is my favorite so far.
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DeLombardR

USA
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Posted - 04/07/2017 :  11:13:52  Show Profile  Visit DeLombardR's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Well, I'm very surprised there was not more interest expressed in this machine. Fairly complete and clean. Not even any reasonable offers to the owners?

I'll lend a deaf ear to the claim "I can't find an original" from now on.

Too small for me.

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David Toppin

USA
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Posted - 04/07/2017 :  12:28:56  Show Profile  Send David Toppin a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I'm gonna disagree with Craig here. For short rides, OK, but the Expert and Light Roadster are both MUCH better riders. Standard has solid flimsy forks, and it is nowhere near as tight as the more advanced bikes. Many also have plain bearings, which make them harder to push. I'd call them "twisty"
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DeLombardR

USA
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Posted - 04/10/2017 :  13:35:39  Show Profile  Visit DeLombardR's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you all for the advice.

This nice-looking machine is in the process of being sold.
It will leave its place in a museum and be escorting a Wheelmen around town real soon.
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