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Posted by: Gary TITLE: AGE / VALUE:   Trying to determin age of a Columbia 3speed trike
Hello
I recently bought a Columbia 3 speed trike, and I havnt been able to find a serial # on it anywere. I also havnt been able to locate any sites online that has any info on any trike~s. I would like to know the history of it before I deside to make it into a custom raked out chopper.
Could anyone please help me locate the serial # or lead me to any sites online on trikes?
Any help would be greatly appreiciated.
Thanks
Gary


by: 12.74.110.116


Posted by Joe
Yes, that is a coaster brake hub, should be a shimano 3CC.
I can~t say I~ve every run across that headbadge before, but it looks newer, maybe 1980~s?
If the hub makes noise when backpedaling, you will have to disassemble and see what gives, that should be a cartridge style hub, so all of the works will come out as one. There are instructions here at oldroads: http://oldroads.com/tool_dispb.asp
That rear differential looks like something from a small riding mower, the whole bike looks pretty well built. It~s quite unique, just remember to save what ever you remove, you never know what value it may have down the road.

by: 71.251.141.237
Posted by Gary
Thank You so much for all the info.
It is a 24in model and yes it does have a differential {I added a few more pics} witch actually blew my mind because all I have ever seen before have been straight axels.It rides and shifts great.I bought it locally for a good price that I could~nt pass on bein~s what I~ve seen trike~s go for..I live in a small city so my bike~s are a must to go anywere in town so I bought it to do some grocery gettin in style.It~s good to know that it~s not that old,I plan on putting a wood bed on it,kinda like a wood rail kid~s wagon and rakin out the fork~s to put extended chopper fork~s on it and bumpin it up to a 26in wheel on front.
The man I purcahse this one from has a Older Sears model trike as well Im going to try and get here pretty soon.I~ll be having alot of spare time this winter and what better then another project for me to do.lol...

I have another? maybe you can answer.
It appers to look like a coaster brake near the 3 speed hub,Do you know if thats what it is? Ive always used the front hand brake beins I did back brake once and it didnt sound so good so I had~nt done it again. {pic at site were others are} I dont want to mess nothing up ,beins Im not sure.
I look into emailing Columbia to find out some more info. Once again T/Y for your help.
Gary
by: 12.74.109.243
Posted by Joe
You could try emailing Columbia, the info is at their website: http://www.columbiabikes.com/index.html

email: custserv@columbiabikes.com

I have several Columbia bikes here, and all have common Columbia serial numbers. There are a few things that stand out when looking at your pics, the presence of reflectorized pedals, which became common around 1968, if not mandatory, the style of "Columbia" on the chainguard, which looks newer, maybe mid to late 70~s, but the shape of the chainguard is different than any of the later Columbia bikes I have seen. It looks like it~s got a Shimano shifter for a three speed hub? If so that dates it at least mid-70~s or later, the version or model of the hub may narrow that down a bit as well. The reflectors look like they are from around the late 70~s, and it has plain Hunt Wilde hand grips, (the earlier Columbia bikes had a contoured black grips, common only to Columbia). From what I see, I would guess it to be somewhere around 1980, give or take a year or two.
The odd serial number may mean that this bike was built by someone other than Columbia? Outsourced frame just for trikes?
Looks like a fairly sturdy design, does it use a rear differential, or straight axle, one wheel drive? I have a couple of trikes here myself that I built up to use at auto swap meets, One ~79 Schwinn, and one Worksman Mover.
by: 71.251.133.221
Posted by Gary
T/Y for the info. After giving it a real good bath I looked closer and ended up finding under the sproket housing.Im assuming it must be newer then the serial # chart that is hear goes up to beins I did~nt see anything similar to the one I found.
What I found is 7 016 0108 anyone have any idea the year?
Some pic~s. of the trike & my other projects can be seen by clikin the little red x box up at my other post.
T/Y again for your help
Gary
by: 12.74.109.114
Posted by Rod
I have a ~69 Columbia girl~s 24" that I located the serial # on the rear left dropout; however, after locating the serial #, click on to the serial # charts on this site. Good luck!
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