Some of the bikes in my personal collection.
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1894 Model 34 Men's Columbia.
 
Sold for $125 new. This was found under a porch and had been there for nearly 100 years. Most of the paint and nickel plating have flaked off from years of damp storage. Dispite this the bike is in good mechanical shape with a missing front tire and a broken spoke. Note the wooden handle bars.

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1904 Model 138 Chainless.

 This bike had a 2 speed shaft drive and a cushion frame (shock absorber). It was a very advanced bike for it's day.

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1920 Model  01A Columbia Arch Bar.

 The original paint color was almost gone. It was found in perfect condition under the head badge and I was able to match the color. The red seen in the unrestored pictures is the primer.

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1921 Model M1 Chainless Columbia.

 Shaft Drives were discontinued after the 1922 model year.

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Mid 50's Model W5 5 Star Jet-Rider.

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1953 5 Star.

 This was one of the bikes borrowed by the factory to take apart and copy to make the RX-5 reproductions in the late 80's. After that, the factory restored it painted green and displayed it at the bike shows around the country. The factory repainted it this maroon color before returning it to my father.

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1939 Military.

 In 1942 the U.S. military standardized the bicycles they would use, purchased from Westfield Mfg. and Huffman Corp. Up to then, they would buy whatever the manufacture had for a military service model. This bike did not start life in the army but was the heavy duty service model sold to them in this era. A true military issue WWII Columbia would have a serial number with the prefix "MG",  "MF",or ""MC" which may be for Marine Corps issue bikes.

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A real WWII issue bicycle would have this style Winner headlight but the top cover would have no embossing of the "WINNER" name.

The WWII issue bikes came with a side "kick stand", not the older style rear parking stand like this 1939 model. A possible exception is the "MC" Marine Corps bikes.

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  I have recently made some changes to this bike. New wheels with NOS WWII Army rims and heavy 12 gage spokes replaced the lightweight wheels for a more authentic look. A period luggage rack and some bags add to the look. 

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 Below is an AP photo showing the new Bicycle Corps and the role they were to play in the war.

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The best source of information on WWII bikes I have found is the LIBERATOR web site.

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Also see the complete story of Columbia in the military on this site;

Columbia At War

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1941 Columbia Superb Model F9T.

 This is an origianal 41. It was restored with some of the Reproduction parts.

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Reproduction 1941.
 
This is one of the factory prototypes for the reproduction run from the 90's. This bike has no serial number.

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1914 Ladies Chainless Columbia Model 405.

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1922 Model N5 Ladies Columbia.

 This bike has an unusual chainguard.

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1918 Columbia Roadster. Model 816.

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1937 Corsair by Westfield Mfg.

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1927 Ladies Columbia. Model E-10 

This unrestored bike still has excellent paint and detailing.

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 1943 Wartime Men's Columbia Lightweight. Model Vg 295

A small amount of bikes were made for civillian use. Very little chrome was used as it was needed for the war effort. Other materials such as rubber were rationed as well.

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More information on Columbia bikes made during the war can be found on this site at;

Columbia At War

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Wartime Ladies Columbia. Model Vg 296
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Post war 1947 Compax Paratrooper folding bike.

This is the lightweight model. The Compax folding bike also came in a balloon tire version. Only the post-war models were called "Paratrooper" in reference to the folding bikes made by Westfield Mfg for the war effort.

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