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1985 Columbia Multi Purpose Lightweight

When mountain bikes began to gain in popularity, just about every bike manufacturer began looking for ways to get their share of the pie.  Columbia is one of the oldest bike makers in the country but by the 1980's, they were mostly making entry level bikes.   This bike is supposedly a prototype of a model that never made it to production.  It is a pretty inexpensive bike with a weird comfort saddle and accordion stem cover.  The drivetrain is the most interesting aspect of the bike.  A 5 speed Sturmey Archer internal hub is combined with a Shimano tensioner and double front sprocket resulting in a 10 speed bike.

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Frame Steel
Fork Steel
Rear Shock NA
Rims 26" steel
Hubs Sturmey Archer 5 speed rear, Wald front
Spokes zinc
Tires 26 x 1.75", red stripe
Pedals Nylon
Crank One piece style with double chain rings
Chain 1/2" x 3/32"
Rear Cogs Single Sturmey Archer cog
Bottom Bracket One-piece
Front Derailleur Shimano
Rear Derailleur Shimano tensioner
Shifters Sturmey Archer 5 speed rear, Shimano EM thumb shifter front
Handlebars Steel
Stem Alloy 2 bolt
Headset Steel
Brake set Steel caliper
Brake levers Plastic
Saddle Kashimax cruiser
Seat Post Steel
Colors Red
Size 18"
Serial #   NA

 

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