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1952 Columbia Classic Bicycle still new in box

Old 08-15-19, 02:44 PM
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1952 Columbia Classic Bicycle still new in box

I was clearing out the garage of a very old friend and found this tucked away. New in the box never opened.
Anyone know anything about these?
I have pictures however they will not let me post them on here.

I have to think this is extremely rare to have something like this in unopened box still.
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Old 08-15-19, 03:54 PM
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Try to add them to your post they will end up in album, then we can put link
Curious to see what you found
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How do you know it's from 1952? Does it say "1952 Columbia" and the word "Classic" somewhere on the box? If so, that'd indicate one of the '90s reproductions. These things were not "classic" when they were new; they were just another bicycle.

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Men's 1952 Deluxe 26" ? Columbia Bicycles

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I tried to upload pictures a few times and it's not letting me.

box says another columbia Bicycle BRX5 Top tube height 32.5"
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Old 08-15-19, 05:11 PM
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Also has the numbers 2205. Maybe it's not original I don't know, but it is new.
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Originally Posted by bluwater101 View Post
Also has the numbers 2205. Maybe it's not original I don't know, but it is new.
Either way, it's almost certainly a cool classically styled cruiser. When you get to ten posts do share some photos of what you can regarding it! Do you plan to (or have you already) removed the contents from the box to check them out?

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Originally Posted by bluwater101 View Post
I tried to upload pictures a few times and it's not letting me.

box says another columbia Bicycle BRX5 Top tube height 32.5"
Keep posting here until you have 10 posts. You'll be able to post pictures then.

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No I have not opened the box yet to see anything inside.
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pictures I have now are just outside of box
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Originally Posted by bluwater101 View Post
pictures I have now are just outside of box
Well keep posting!
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I don't remember what my box looked like, but I bought one of the 1987 5-Star reissues ("used" from a private party, but still in the box) back in the late 80's or very early 90's. I wish the photo had captured the green a bit better, but it's a scan of a Polaroid! So high tech over here.


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^ Looks like a fun bike to ride over to Wally's and give him and Beav the business.
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The suspense is killing me...
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Originally Posted by bluwater101 View Post
I tried to upload pictures a few times and it's not letting me.

box says another columbia Bicycle BRX5 Top tube height 32.5"
The image I posted was an RX5 reissue. Maybe the "B" was for "boy's". These were generally considered to have been very high quality reissues. Here's a better photo of one:

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When the RX5's were first issued I ordered two directly from the factory. I think I paid about $300.00 each including the shipping. At that time I also owned an original RX5. When I took delivery of the bikes I assembled one and took it for a ride, I thought the bike rode badly and the quality was poor compared to an original which I suppose is a bit of an unfair comparison. I sold both of them as soon as I was able to find buyers for what I had paid, and was happy to get rid of them. About a year after that the bikes started to show up in local Sport Marts at around $200.00. I understand they made 5,000 of the these, and it appears they ended up dumping some of them to Sport marts.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
^ Looks like a fun bike to ride over to Wally's and give him and Beav the business.
You wouldn't want to do that- Beav's old man'll get sore!
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Pic Assist. This one has to ne a repop as well. The text/labelling is rather contemporary.
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I can't add till I have 10, can only post 5 every 24 hours
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if only worth 200 that surprises me.
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Dot Matrix Label.... some kind of Reproduction as mentioned above.
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A vintage 1952 dot matrix printer would be worth a lot I bet.
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Originally Posted by bluwater101 View Post
if only worth 200 that surprises me.
It's a mass produced reproduction that didn't sell well when it was new in the first place. It had to compete with many contemporary beach cruisers, and for most buyers, the period look was not worth the extra cost.

P.S.: We have an appraisal forum for the monetary discussion; this forum is for chat about the bicycles themselves.

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A vintage 1952 dot matrix printer would be worth a lot I bet.
Yep, nothing says 1952 like a computerized label with the word "classic" on it and serious frame size terminology (which is still a joke for balloon tire, cantilever frames in the first place).

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Sorry wasn't trying to offend the experts on this forum. thought it was a good place to ask questions regarding a subject I didn't know anything about. I'll look into the dot matrix printer, thanks for all the great input.
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