When contacting MrColumbia
Please follow these guidelines:
For bicycle identification
provide the following information;
Your name and brief description of bike.
Serial number including any letters that may precede the number. On pre-1950’s bikes the number can be found
on the frame under the crank. On 1950’s and newer it will be on the frame near the rear axle. On bikes older than 1925
the model number will be stamped or embossed on the name badge. This is needed for exact identification.
What type of information you are looking for.
Without pictures it is difficult to do a correct identification and often is impossible. I understand
that often information is desired to help in selling a bicycle. If that is your reason please be respectful and let
me know that up front. If I spend my time doing research and communicating with you about your prized bicycle you inherited
from your uncle or something like that and then see it for sale on eBay days later I feel used. Even worse if I see the text
of my communication in the auction description of the bike. If this happens to me many more times I will stop offering free
identification all together.
Giving a description
is simply not enough. There are too many similarities in the thousands of different models of Columbia bikes to do a proper
identification without pictures.
If these guidelines are not followed I may not get back to you. Due to the volume
of requests I do not have the time to reiterate the above for every email I receive.
If you are a professional
eBay seller or antique dealer looking for information to sell a bicycle I now offer a professional bicycle identification service for a fee. The service will include a one
page form outlining the bicycles' original factory specifications, a high resolution catalog scan of the bike and an appraisal.
The fee is $65 paid in advance and will be refunded if I feel that after doing some research that I cannot provide adequate
information about your bike. If I do not have high resolution scans available the price will be $35 and the balance will be
refunded. The fees will be paid via PayPal. To take advantage of this service submit your bicycle pictures and info for evaluation.
I will then let you know if I can provide the service and give payment instructions. Please be aware that there is an almost infinite
amount of variations to Westfield Built Bicycles. I will provide information on the closest catalog model to your bike that
there is but there may be some variations.
For ordering stickers or decals;
Provide lot # and brief description of which
stickers/decals you are interested in.
will get back to you with availability, pricing and payment information.
For ordering research material;
Provide titles desired.
I will get back to you with total price and payment information.
For ordering anything off of the “For Sale”
and quantity desired.
I will get
back to you with payment information.
submit pictures of your bike for the “Readers Bikes” pages;
Please provide your name and description of the bike including any information
you would like displayed with the pictures.
The serial number of the bike.
in jpg. Format of a decent resolution. Low resolution cell phone pictures do not show up well on the internet and I do not
use them on my site.
I will notify
you when/if published.