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    3 folders in the shop

    3 folders in the shop for safety check, tune-ups

    Dahon 7sp:
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    16" wheels--if the owner is willing to part with it cheap, I might go for this one.

    Oglaend Perfekt DeLuxe "Kombi Lux" made in Norway:
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    Not folding, but separable. There's a slot near the bottom bracket where the front part slides in, then is cinched down with the wheel/screw in back of the seatpost. Front drum brake, rear coaster brake. Like this one a lot, too; has potential for a R20-ish conversion.

    Columbia "Magneet"(?):
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    Another separable bike, but this one's pretty interesting--SA 3sp rear w/ coaster brake, shifter is on the top tube. Seat slides way down or is removable, separable at the headtube so that the front fork and handlebars come off as a unit. Also, handlebars remove with quick release. Crazy bike.
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    The kombi Lux has my vote.

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    I have one of those Columbia/Magneets. What year is it (date it by the SA hub) ours is a 1967. That makes a grand total of two that I now know of...

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    Off topic - Oh that's such a pretty blue bike Aaron.

    On topic - The Columbia gets my first vote and I'm pretty sure it's because Aaron just showed us how beautiful, in the right hands, it can become.

    2nd vote goes to the kombi though.

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    The Columbia is definitely cool but I felt more could be done with the Kombi.

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    Actually I didn't have to do anything to the Columbia other than a bit of detailing. The bike was in amazing shape when I found it in a small bike shop in Iowa City, IA. It apparently was a trade in.

    I bought it for my bride to ride when she was flying out to spend some weekends with me, I had my Twenty with me but had not found another one for her to ride yet. It has a lot of unusual features and I suspect was fairly expensive to build in it's day. The tubes are square and made from sheet metal, the seat post is square, the head set does not have bearings in it. It has nylon bushings. I need to do an in depth blogpost on it when I get the chance.

    We are keeping it around because it is a fairly unique bike, it has a neat art deco style tail light that apparently was an off the shelf model from JOS back in the 1960's. The bike has some interesting riding characteristics...due to the square sheet metal frame sections is transmits road noise, if you ride on a rough surface it cause the frame to make a low roaring noise, the clicking of the hub is amplified (as well as the sounds of it being maladjusted).

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    Regardless, that some detailing. Love the headlight. Thanks for pointing out the details of the bike. Never heard of a squared off seatpost or tubes. What a find.

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    Here is a poor Columbia Commuter II, I was told this is the square tube model. My bike was a free-bee when I bought a Graziella. It's missing the insert on the chain case and some of the bushing parts on the stem.
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    here's another square seatpost

    Batavus Batafold model

    too bad the post is stuck and no amount of PB blaster can unseat[no pun int.] it out of the post.


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    Just saw this one on ebay
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    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Folding-bike-S...item3a5f8d3bd0

    its another separable bike but very similar to the columbia. In fact is it just a 16" wheel fixed speed version?

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    Turns out the KombiLux has a Sachs Duomatic hub. Making lowball offer today.

    Ethics question: If I know what it is and recognize value, but seller does not, should I feel bad with lowball offer?

    This would be a bike I keep, not one I flip, although it could easily turn up on CL in the next couple of years, after riding it for a while, probably sporadically. Yes, I would expect to make more money on it that I would actually offer...
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    I have a Kombi Lux with a Duomatic the seller advertised it as a single speed/coaster brake but when I got to check it out it was a duomatic hub, stainless steel fenders, stainless steel rims its a bit heavy and did not like the one piece crank but bought it anyway for the hub/rims.

    same with the batavus i had pictured above seller does not know about duomatic he said the seatpost is stuck and sold it really cheap i bought it just because it had the duomatic hub. and narrow steel rims 28H perfect for the R20 upgrade.

    most Falter 20" folders have duomatics that are geared for small wheels don't recall if its green or blue band. One time I snagged a Sachs Automatic hub ! I have a boxful of these babies, duomatics, automatic, dreigangs waiting to be laced on bmx aluminum rims for the next R20 project that comes along.

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