We’ve spent the better part of three months theme’n out every week. I’m going to spend the next few with no theme whatsoever. So, since we don’t have a theme this week, why don’t we make up for it with a bike that certainly does: Dan R.’s Columbia RC Cola 10-Speed. While most OTS of this caliber tout “precision“, “racer“, “the dude“, or simply “10-speed“, this OTS gives a shout out with “RC Cola Lovin’ Biker” printed across the top tube. That is one fine piece of copy writing. (But who am I to talk?)
I spent all night working on this and rode it to work today. While working on it I found a sticker for columbia manufacturing. I have sent an email to them with the serial number I’m waiting on infor from them. Anyway, I bought this bike at goodwill for 7.99. It was so rusted it didn’t move. The wheels, brakes, gears, and chain were all stuck. I disassembled the entire bike and used 90 w gear oil on everything and reassembled it. And after an all night adjustment fest it was ridable this morning
A follow up email:
This is Daniel Raver of Zanesville, OH again. I have completed my restoration of the 86 Columbia RC Cola Bicycle I previously spoke to you about. I’m pretty happy with the end product. The metal of the brake levers and the brakes themselves was very pitted and rusted. I polished them for 7 hours and am convinced I can do no better. Take a look at my pics please. I would like to have this bike posted to your awesome site and I would also entertain offers for purchase of this bike. Thank you.