Friday, March 20, 2009

Reassembly Photo Series Interruption

I'm afraid my work on the Huffeigh today has confirmed that I will need a couple of extra little bits to move forward with the reassembly, so the photo series is on hold temporarily, likely to resume week after next, but possibly sooner.


  1. I couldn't email you for some stupid reason, but I would value your opinion here. I am going to look at this on Sunday AM. I thought it might be a good way to start learning about restoration as it seems to be in pretty good shape, already.

  2. Having a Columbia myself, I can point out two minor issues right off, neither of which could really be considered deal-breakers. The seat post diameter is going to be smaller than on a British bike, but has the narrower diameter post, so if you can't find one locally, they *are* out there. Also, because the diameter of the post is smaller, you may have a slightly harder time finding a saddle that will fit on it--there are ways to get around this however.

    It also looks like the kickstand is missing. My 1971 Columbia is designed for the kickstand to be bolted to the frame's underside in a specific way, and I don't believe the newer after-market kickstands will fit. Again, with some looking you could probably find something that would work.

    Finally, since it's missing the saddle and post, and the tires (at least the rear) are dead flat, you can't really test ride it to make sure the hub shifts as they say it does. Also, the tires are probably going to have to be replaced, and probably the brake pads as well.

    With all the missing stuff and inability to ride it as-is, I would try to talk 'em down to $50 at least. That's a fair price, and if you really love it, it'll be worth the work that'll have to go into it. If you're just luke-warm about it, however, it's not an over-the-top-holy-crap-greatest-bike-ever, so it's not a great loss if you decide against it. It's really up to you and how you feel about it. On the plus side, Columbias don't need any specialized tools to work on them, so it would be a great first project.

  3. One other quick thing: I notice the fork seems to be a different color than the frame. I've not seen this feature on a Columbia before, and couldn't find any just now in a web search. This could be an indication that the bike was crashed at some point and the fork replaced. There is a chance that the frame could be cracked, bent, or otherwise damaged if this is the case, so be sure to ask about it and keep your radar up for any dodgy sounding explanations.

  4. Thank you so much for taking the time! I hadn't noticed the fork. I will give it a through look. Mostly, it seems like a good basic bike to learn how to take apart and put back together, if nothing else. I could kick myself, because there was a bike in the junk shop the other day that wasn't worth the time, but it had a saddle and seat post that probably would have worked on this! Oh well.

  5. No problem, let us know how it goes.