Author Topic: Columbia High Wheel on ebay Needs Lots of TLC  (Read 236 times)

Reid Mueller

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Columbia High Wheel on ebay Needs Lots of TLC
« on: October 11, 2018, 12:45:14 AM »
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Standard-Columbia-Antique-High-Wheel-Bicycle-Penny-Farthing-Rational-Style/302916785889?hash=item46873f56e1:g:K4QAAOSwlY5bvrhs:rk:1:pf:0

The original price was $12,850 they dropped the price down to a still high $4850. Query with "Standard Columbia Antique High Wheel Bicycle Penny Farthing Rational Style"

The bike looks like a 52" or a 54" open head early model, could be 1879.  Most of the parts are there with the exception of the seat, one messed up pedal 6-10 missing spokes and new tire rubber all around.  The pictures are not of the areas we normally use to identify a bike.

mike cates

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Re: Columbia High Wheel on ebay Needs Lots of TLC
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2018, 02:01:49 AM »
Not a RATIONAL style which means having a larger rear wheel diameter and slightly increased fork rake for a little more safety addressing taking headers. Columbia RATIONALS were only made in EXPERT or LIGHT ROADSTER models 1890-1892. I own a 1892 52" EXPERT  COLUMBIA  that has the second highest serial number known in our club anyway.
Mike Cates, CA.

Reid Mueller

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Re: Columbia High Wheel on ebay Needs Lots of TLC
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2018, 02:24:42 PM »
Thanks Mike, I had no idea what he/she was talking about calling it a "rational", thanks for clarifying that.  Unfortunately the seller has no idea what he/she has or doesn't have.

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Re: Columbia High Wheel on ebay Needs Lots of TLC
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2018, 06:00:20 PM »
It is somewhat nearby (70 miles), if someone really wants it and settles all financials satisfactorily, I could go get it and store it until convenient.
I have never boxed one up and don't plan to start now, so local pickup or meet somewhere.
Gas money will be appreciated.