I never posted this here, but while searching for a local framebuilder, I came across a guy named Peter Ouellette who made some gorgeous frames: Peter Oullette custom bicycles. You may be asking yourself "what does this have to do with Columbia?". According to the webpage I linked, Peter Ouellette worked with Columbia on their "Columbia Classics" bikes in the 1980's. Columbia Classics was a last gasp attempt to compete with the higher quality Japanese imports, unfortunately it was too little too late.
I found this bike a few years ago in terrible shape, but I bought it because it was interesting. I had never seen a Columbia with such a nice frame before. It had Ishiwata tubes, forged dropouts, pantographed seatstays, H2O boss reinforcements, and a shifter clamp braze on. I cleaned it up as best I could, repacked the bearings, and installed some new consumables. It ended up being sold to a student at Springfield College. Anyway, I thought I would share some pictures of a pretty rare bike.
DSC02767 by miniandmo, on Flickr
DSC02771 by miniandmo, on Flickr
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DSC02768 by miniandmo, on Flickr