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Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes: U.S. and British Roadsters
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Originally Posted by USAZorro
Looks like there might be traces of darker blue on the dropout (first picture).
Yes there appears to be a dark blue matching the rims. Columbia had a particular medium-dark blue they used for a number of years. My 1950 De Luxe has the same dark blue and cream color combo as those rims (and the traces).
The question then is whether that dark blue is original or whether it was a first overspray and the light blue is a second overspray.
But you make a good point and dark blue probably is a fair bet here, given that the dark blue traces on the frame look like they match the rims. MEK or Xylene might reveal that to be the case.
The other interesting thing about the set up here is that the A brake has a little set screw attachment to the frame in addition to the normal arm strap. The set screw on these actually passes through a rotated eyelet in the arm to keep the arm steady to the frame. With the strap and screw in place too, it should lock the coaster arm down nicely and prevent any slack when going between braking and acceleration.