Posted by: Judy TITLE: AGE / VALUE: Columbia mystery
My daughter found a bike at a garage sale (I have not seen it yet but am dying to). She says she can see a Columbia Westfield Mass logo. She says the chainguard has the words Automatic Duo Speed on it. It is a blue (what she referred to as maybe a precursor to electric blue) men~s type bike. It is in working condition - at least good enough for her to have rode it around a bit but does need a lot of cleaning etc. I am waiting for it to come home so I can see serial number possibly. In the meantime - does anyone have any idea which model/year of Columbia men~s two speed this might be? It is the kind of two speed that shifts by clicking the pedal backward.
Posted by Judy
Well, the girl child confirmed 3 red stripes. Also serial number L265642 which I think indicates 1962 - I did find the serial number listing somewhat confusing as 1947 had L5000 to L3xxxxx numbers. I am assuming though that 62 would be the correct year since that is when the bendix kickback hub was popular. I still have not seen the bike - just a fuzzy picture on a cell phone - kids - and it appears to be what looks like a single bar camel back style.
Posted by ken
If that~s the Bendix AutoMatic hub, it will have three red, blue or yellow stripes around the hub. (Probably red) These are from the era ca. 1960-65 (I hope someone posts accurate start and end dates.) Also known as kickback hub. Typically a deluxe feature, but not enough to identify a model by. I remember Bendix advertising the hub in Boy~s Life and in comic books; many bike manufacturers used them. I would like to hear all about it if it~s NOT Bendix...
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