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old road bike/collectors question(3 posts)

old road bike/collectors questionkoala
Jun 28, 2001 11:46 AM
Hey... i'm hoping somebody might be able to help me out. I just picked up this old frame and converted it into a fixed gear. Anyway, it appears to be from the 70's and I was looking closely at it. It has nice french lugs and a french bottom bracket. The thing that is odd, however, is that at the point where the seat-stays meet with the top tube, the frame is stamped with the "Columbia" logo, the Ohio company that made pretty cheap frames - i've never seen a Columbia frame with french design. Anybody know anything about this? the frame was painted over and none of the original finish is left so there's no way to ID it from that. Anybody ever seen or heard of a frame like this? any help would be greatly appriciated.
Is this Koala from CAR 8?Thioderek
Jun 28, 2001 12:17 PM
Columbia is not automatically bad ...Humma Hah
Jun 28, 2001 10:06 PM
... they're one of the earliest cycle makers, actually a consortium of many manufacturers (they tried to get a monopoly in the business around 1900). They've had a few top-grade racing models out thru the years. Possibly you have one.

I just unpacked my copy of "The American Bicycle", and I'll try to see what they have to say on the matter, if anything.