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Posted by: JEFF TITLE: AGE / VALUE:   columbia or elgin
I JUST BOUGHT A BICYCLE AND I AM HAVING TROUBLE IDENTIFYING IT. HAS MOST ORIGINAL PARTS. I THINK IT IS A COLUMBIA OR ELGIN BASED ON PHOTOS FROM THIS SIGHT. BADGE READS "NICETOWN", S/N F198201 ON BOTTOM BRACKET SHELL. CAN ANYONE HELP???
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Posted by Roy Watson
I recently got a Shapleigh~s Special bike-has 26"-2.125 Goodyear tires Bendix hub single spring front fork-kickstand mount maid in the frame. Think its a Columbia, has Shapleigh hardware badge St Louis,Mo.How can I find the year or if it has any value-minor rust on rims and bars
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Posted by jeff
wow! thanks for all the replies. i am still wondering about the "nicetown" badge. is it original? if not can i get a NOS or replica badge for the head tube.
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Posted by John Metz
You~re right about Murray. I should have said Murray Ohio
Manufacturing which did later make Murray bikes but at the time the company made bikes for Elgin they called their own
line Mercury. Sometime in the 50s they went from Mercury to
Murray.
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Posted by Joel
Actually, both Columbia and Murray (Mercury) built bikes for Sears before WWII. Compare the Elgins in the Oldroads photo database to this 37 Mercury catalog page:
http://www.nostalgic.net/index.asp?L=283

Elgin bikes made by Columbia may be dated using the serial number database on this site.
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Posted by Gordon
Elgin is the name of the bikes sold by Sears and Roebuck up until WWII. After the war when they resumed bicycle production, the bikes were called JC Higgins. I have never heard of Murry being involved in bike building in the prewar years.
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Posted by John Metz
The serial number is written in the same manner as the
Columbia numbers in the chart on this WEB site. Take a look
and see what you think. I don~t know anything of Elgin numbers;how they were written etc. I do know Elgin was made
by various companies Murray among them which is probably
why there are no Elgin charts.
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