The Columbia Bicycle brand is America’s oldest bicycle company. They made and sold their first bikes back in 1877. Today you can buy recreations of classic Columbia bicycles from Sam’s Club, Amazon, and other retailers. The bikes are no longer made in the classic Columbia manufacturing facility. Today they are made in China and imported by Ballard Pacific, but the Columbia name is still going – so I guess that says something.
The bike in this video was purchased from Sam’s Club for $79.92. It has increased in price since that time, but I’ve yet to see it for over $90. There is lots of competition in the sub-$100 big box bike space when it comes to cruiser bikes. Notably, the Huffy Cranbrook is arguably the king of that realm. It is plain and basic, but works – and it is cheap, so the Columbia Archbar has it’s work cutout.
Pleasantly, the Archbar is a decently made bike for the money. It certainly looks like it costs more than it does, and at the local bike shop it was mistaken for an Electra Townie – a $500 bike. People that have seen it are shocked I only paid $80 for it.
The bike is a vintage style, but it does have some modern touches. Like linear pull brakes instead of the coaster brake. Some may argue this takes away from the vintage aesthetic – and it does, but the linear pull brakes free up the pedals from a coaster brake. If you are like me and live in a city with an abundance of stop lights this becomes welcome. I don’t have to pick the bike up to reposition the pedals for a power stroke at each stop. There is also just enough chrome to add some flash to the shiny red bike, and the chrome appears well applied.
There are a few areas that could use improvement. Like the graphics. The white accents on the fenders have slightly off center lines. The head tube badge is also slightly off center – as are the frame decals. Those decals are also cheap decals that have already started pealing. I prefer clear coated decals or painted graphics, but this is a sub-$100 bike.
The ride is smooth and pleasant as long as it is on flat ground. The bike isn’t built for speed, so asking it to go fast will likely lead to disappointment as the expended energy doesn’t yield much additional mph.
Overal, and in my opinion, the Archbar from Columbia Bicycles is a great deal for the money. I feel the quality is above average for this price range and the vintage-inspired design looks great.
I hope this video helped give you some information on the new bicycles from Columbia-Bicycles.com. Thanks for watching another KevCentral bike video. Have a great day!
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