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Old 01-27-17, 01:42 PM
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Columbia Bicycles

For about a year now ive been searching out my next ride. Recently ive been getting bombarded on here with Columbia adds. Ive seen a few here and there in the past but im curious whats peoples opinions if any on Columbia Bikes.

I am looking for a cruiser but certainly responses should not be limited to that. They seem well built, they also tout being Americas first bicycle....

Thanks for any input.

America's First Bicycle - Columbia Bikes - Classic Vintage & Modern
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Old 01-27-17, 02:59 PM
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America's First Bicycle is a meaningless claim. Columbia Bicycles is a brand owned by Ballard Pacific; the original Columbia Manufacturing Company doesn't make bicycles any more. Ballard Pacific owns brands, and contracts for product manufacture overseas.

If you pick a price range, you'll find a half dozen or more manufacturers with comparable products.
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Old 01-27-17, 07:20 PM
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Thomas Stevens liked his enough to ride it around the world. Of course, a lot has happened since Albert Pope shook hands with George Fairfield.
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Originally Posted by SloButWide View Post
America's First Bicycle is a meaningless claim. Columbia Bicycles is a brand owned by Ballard Pacific; the original Columbia Manufacturing Company doesn't make bicycles any more. Ballard Pacific owns brands, and contracts for product manufacture overseas.
+1. It's sort of like Motobecane. Current bikes have nothing whatsoever to do with the original ones. It's a brand name that is now owned by some corporation.
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Old 01-28-17, 04:55 AM
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If you're all about the cruise there's no reason not to check one out. Make sure it's fitted and assembled correctly and it will probably serve you well but, in the historical context, it will be like owning a new Indian (brand name now owned by Polaris) motorcycle.
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