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Old 04-17-12, 10:36 PM
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New to site looking for info on a Rambler bike I found for sale

Hello I am looking for some info I so hope some one can help.
Unfortunately I forgot to get pics of the bike but I can go take a few tomorrow.
Well back in the good old days I restored a beach cruiser and I have been thinking about doing another project. Luckily for me a new bike shop just opened by my house. My father and I went to check it out and he found a bike he likes and I fell in love with a bike. It is very old and shows its age lol.
After a few min on looking at the badge on the front of the frame I finally determined it is a Rambler.
The bike store owner says he thinks it is from the late 1940's or early 1950's
I want it bad but can not find any pics any where on the net that look any thing like it.
As I said I will get pic up tomorrow. But its a weird bike. I have never seen one like it.
Its is the same length as a regular size bike but it is short. Very short. the handle bars are short as well. To me it looks as if it was built to race. I could be wrong. Does any one know if there is any value in the old Rambler Bikes? In any shape. It is very rough but that's how I want it. So I can make it mine.
I will more then likely get it even if there is zero value but my plans for bringing it back to life depend on the value.
If it has little to zero value I will make it a rat rod style bike. If it has value I will restore it.
Sorry to ramble but I am very excited rite now. lol
I am actually going to sell my goped just to buy it. Any who thanks for any helpful info you may have
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Thanks for the link. I spent a while looking through all those pics and did not find any that look like it
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Rambler is one of the oldest names in bicycles, dating back to the victorian era. However if it is from the 40s or 50s, then more than likely it was made by Columbia. They used Rambler as a brand, and then as a model name into the 1970s.
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I am also looking at an old shwinn for my dad he said $140 for both bikes.
Does that sound like a decent deal? I could not get a good pic of the shwinns but he said I can have my choice.
What is the best way to tell the age of a schwinn? So sorry if my spelling is off lol
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Not much of an expert on these but the wishbone rear end seems to indicate a slightly nicer bike from the 30's or maybe just post war.
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I was recently stunned at how much the value of these old Rust Buckets can fetch. I do not use the term Rust Buckets in a derogatory sense.

The value of the antique bicycle is increasing, both for parts and complete bicycles. Bikes that we used to throw away at Bicycles for Humanity are now fetching a hundred dollars each, and up. There are even a couple of buyers who communicate on a regular basis to see what we have to offer and some of those buyers will clean us out in a single purchase.

So, get the bicycle and to heck with what it is worth. Restored, it will be worth something and, as it sits, unless there is major damage to the frame sets, the price for two seems not too bad. My customers would snap the bike up in a heart beat for a hundred to a hundred and fifty dollars.
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Yes, it's a Columbia built Rambler from the 1950s. It's definitely not for racing, more of something to be used by the paper boy making deliveries.

I would offer $100 for both bikes then see what their counter offer is. The Ramber is worth $50 tops, it's missing the rear fender and chain guard. The schwinn looks a little bit more complete/better condition too.
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Thank you all for your replies. Now I just need to find a buyer for my Goped to finance the bikes. The guy has I'd say about 20 old bikes like theses. All for sale. One I want to get to resale is a womans shwinn. I am not a fan of them but it's complete even has a light on the front fender. So if any of you are looking for a fixer upper let me know I can send you pics and give you the guys phone number. I would be happy to do it just to know they won't sit around and rot any more. As for the rambler I am confused because I found a pic of one from the 20's and it looks the same. either way I want it
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I would love to help rescue all the old bikes he has. But I can't lol
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