The Columbia "MUSCLE BIKES"

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  There are several names they were called. Some called them “HIGH RISE” bikes after the tall, high rise handlebars they sported. Some called them “BANNANA BIKES” after the long banana shaped seat. “SISSY BAR BIKES” were another name after the tall seat brace that often extended way above the seat height. Just plain “CHOPPER” was a term used a lot.

  In more recent years the term “MUSCLE BIKE was coined since these bikes were the hot rods of their day just as the high performance muscle cars of the same era were.

  Just what were these bikes? A common factor was they were all low slung machines, most with 20” wheels. All had the elongated banana seat with sissy bars of varying heights. They had high rise handlebars styled after the “APE HANGER” bars found on chopper style motorcycles of their day. They had a variety of features to resemble the fast cars of the day like stick shifts and wide rear tires that were often smooth treaded or “slicks”. The front tires were skinnier and sometimes a smaller diameter. A cross between a chopper motorcycle and a muscle car is what they really were.

  The low stance made them perfect for drag races or locking up the rear brake to put them into a skid. They were the best “wheelie” machines on two wheels. Just a little practice and you could ride down the street on just the rear wheel. In the days before BMX bikes these were the only bikes made for doing stunt riding. You could even ride with a passenger with the extra long seat.

  Many of the bicycle companies made this style bike. There was the ROSS APOLLO, RALEIGH CHOPPER, IVERSON DRAGSTER, SEARS SCREAMER and of course the SCHWINN STINGRAYS and KRATE BIKES. These are to name just a few.

  Here though the focus is on the Columbia muscle bikes. The most common name was the “PLAYBIKE” and that name is implied for most of the 20” wheeled banana bikes they made. The first bike of this style they made in 1965 was not called PLAYBIKE at all but PLAYBOY. This led to a lawsuit by the men’s magazine of the same name and the name was changed to PLAYBIKE in 1966. As the years progressed more and more aggressive styling brought out crazier designs. This brought about lines like THE DILLY, the MACH series and the LONGBOY’s.

 

Basic terms and features;
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PLAYBOY and PLAYBIKE………..20” wheeled, banana seat bikes with high-rise handlebars

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“88” ……………………………………..Had the “Columbia 88” motorcycle style front fork.

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MACH ..............................…...Had a front wheel of a smaller diameter than the rear. The front wheel also had a drum brake.

 

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LONGBOY………………….…..…Had a cantilever frame with a 40” wheel base and was 60” overall length

 

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THE DILLY…………………………..A PLAYBIKE frame with 20” rear and 16” front wheels.  Sturmy Archer 3-Speed Sport Shift.

 

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Year by year identification;

 

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1965

 

MODEL NAME

NO.

SPEEDS

DE-            RAILEUR

COASER BRAKE

CALIPER BRAKE

DRUM BRAKE

WHEEL SIZES

W/W    TIRES

BOY'S

GIRLS

SHIFTER TYPE

OTHER FEATURES

1965

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLAYBOY "88"

0128

3

 

 

X

 

20

X

X

 

TWIST

 

PLAYBOY "88"

0127

3

 

 

X

 

20

 

X

 

TWIST

SMOTHIE REAR TIRE

PLAYBOY "88"

0129

3

 

 

X

 

20

X

X

 

TWIST

SMOTHIE REAR TIRE

PLAYBOY "88"

0126

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

X

 

 

 

STANDARD BOY'S

0123

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

X

 

 

 

STANDARD GIRL'S

0124

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1966

 

MODEL NAME

NO.

SPEEDS

DE-            RAILEUR

COASER BRAKE

CALIPER BRAKE

DRUM BRAKE

WHEEL SIZES

W/W    TIRES

BOY'S

GIRLS

SHIFTER TYPE

OTHER FEATURES

1966

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLAYBIKE "88"

0125

2

 

X

 

 

20

 

X

 

TWIST

 

PLAYBIKE "88"

0115

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

X

 

 

 

PLAYBIKE "88"

0128

3

 

 

X

 

20

X

X

 

TWIST

 

PLAYBIKE "88"

0129

3

 

 

X

 

20

X

X

 

TWIST

SMOTHIE REAR TIRE

PLAYBIKE "88"

0126

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

X

 

 

 

PLAYBIKE "88"

0127

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

X

 

 

 

PLAYBIKE STANDARD

0123

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

X

 

 

NO FENDERS

PLAYBIKE STANDARD

0120

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

X

 

 

 

PLAYBIKE STANDARD

0124

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

 

X

 

NO FENDERS

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1967

 

MODEL NAME

NO.

SPEEDS

DE-            RAILEUR

COASER BRAKE

CALIPER BRAKE

DRUM BRAKE

WHEEL SIZES

W/W    TIRES

BOY'S

GIRLS

SHIFTER TYPE

OTHER FEATURES

1967

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLAYBIKE "88" DELUXE

0128

3

 

 

X

 

20

 

X

 

TWIST

 

PLAYBIKE "88" DELUXE

0129

3

 

 

X

 

20

 

X

 

TWIST

SMOOTH TIRES

PLAYBIKE "88" DELUXE

0138

3

 

 

X

 

20

 

X

 

STICK

 

PLAYBIKE "88" DELUXE

0139

3

 

 

X

 

20

 

X

 

STICK

SMOOTH TIRES

PLAYBIKE "88" DELUXE

0126

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

X

 

 

 

PLAYBIKE "88" DELUXE

0127

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

X

 

 

SMOOTH TIRES

PLAYBIKE "88" DELUXE

0125

2

 

X

 

 

20

X

X

 

 

 

PLAYBIKE "88" DELUXE

0115

1

 

X

 

 

20

X

X

 

 

 

PLAYBIKE SPORT STICK

0130

3

 

 

X

 

20

 

X

 

STICK

 

PLAYBIKE STANDARD

0120

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

X

 

 

 

PLAYBIKE STANDARD

0123

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

X

 

 

NO FENDERS

PLAYBIKE STANDARD

0124

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

 

x

 

 

PLAYBIKE JUVENILE

9041

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

X

 

 

13" FRAME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1968

 

MODEL NAME

NO.

SPEEDS

DE-            RAILEUR

COASER BRAKE

CALIPER BRAKE

DRUM BRAKE

WHEEL SIZES

W/W    TIRES

BOY'S

GIRLS

SHIFTER TYPE

OTHER FEATURES

1968

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LONGBOY

0168

5

X

 

X

 

20

 

X

 

CONSOLE

 

LONGBOY

0160

3

X

 

X

 

20

 

X

 

CONSOLE

 

SUPER "88"

0158

5

X

 

X

 

20

X

X

 

STICK

 

DELUXE "88"

0138

3

X

 

X

 

20

X

X

 

STICK

 

SPORTS

0150

5

X

 

X

 

20

 

X

 

STICK

 

STANDARD SPECIAL

0130

3

X

 

X

 

20

 

X

 

STICK

 

DELUXE "88"

0126

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

X

 

 

 

STANDARD SPECIAL

0120

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

X

 

 

 

PLAYBIKE STANDARD

0123

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

X

 

 

NO FENDERS

PLAYBIKE SPECIAL

0113

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

X

 

 

SINGLE BAR FRAME

PLAYBIKE SPECIAL

0114

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

 

X

 

 

GIRLS DELUXE

0132

3

 

 

X

 

20

X

 

X

STICK

 

GIRLS DELUXE

0122

1

 

X

 

 

20

X

 

X

 

 

GIRLS STANDARD

0134

3

 

 

X

 

20

 

 

X

STICK

 

GIRLS STANDARD

0124

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

 

X

 

 

THE DILLY

0178

3

 

 

REAR

FRONT

20/16

X

X

 

S/A SPORT SHIFT

 

THE DILLY

0170

3

 

 

REAR

FRONT

20/16

 

X

 

S/A SPORT SHIFT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1969

 

MODEL NAME

NO.

SPEEDS

DE-            RAILEUR

COASER BRAKE

CALIPER BRAKE

DRUM BRAKE

WHEEL SIZES

W/W    TIRES

BOY'S

GIRLS

SHIFTER TYPE

OTHER FEATURES

1969

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MACH 20/16  MACH 5

0205

5

 

 

REAR

FRONT

20/16

X

X

 

CONSOLE

 

MACH 20/16   MACH 3

0203

3

 

 

REAR

FRONT

20/16

X

X

 

CONSOLE

 

MACH 20/16   MACH 1

0201

1

 

REAR

 

FRONT

20/16

X

X

 

 

 

MACH 24/20  MACH 5

0245

5

 

 

REAR

FRONT

24/20

X

X

 

CONSOLE

 

MACH 24/20   MACH 3

0243

3

 

 

REAR

FRONT

24/20

X

X

 

CONSOLE

 

MACH 24/20   MACH 1

0241

1

 

REAR

 

FRONT

24/20

X

X

 

 

 

THE DILLY

0178

3

 

 

REAR

FRONT

20/16

X

X

 

S/A SPORT SHIFT

 

LONGBOY

0168

5

X

 

X

 

20

 

X

 

STICK

 

LONGBOY

0160

3

 

 

X

 

20

 

X

 

CONSOLE

 

SUPER 3 "88"

0138

3

 

 

X

 

20

X

X

 

STICK

 

DELUXE 3

0130

3

 

 

X

 

20

X

X

 

STICK

 

DELUXE 5

0150

5

X

 

 

 

20

X

X

 

STICK

 

SUPER "88"

0126

1

 

X

 

 

20

X

X

 

 

 

DELUXE

0120

1

 

X

 

 

20

X

X

 

 

 

SPECIAL

0114

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

 

X

 

 

SPECIAL

0113

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

X

 

 

SINGLE BAR FRAME

GIRLS SUPER 3

0132

3

 

 

X

 

20

X

 

X

TWIST

BASKET

GIRLS SUPER COASTER

0122

1

 

X

 

 

20

X

 

X

 

BASKET

GIRLS DELUXE 3

0134

3

 

 

X

 

20

X

 

X

TWIST

 

GIRLS DELUXE COASTER

0124

1

 

X

 

 

20

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1970

 

MODEL NAME

NO.

SPEEDS

DE-            RAILEUR

COASER BRAKE

CALIPER BRAKE

DRUM BRAKE

WHEEL SIZES

W/W    TIRES

BOY'S

GIRLS

SHIFTER TYPE

OTHER FEATURES

1970

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MACH 20/16  MACH 5

0205

5

 

 

REAR

FRONT

20/16

X

X

 

CONSOLE

 

MACH 20/16   MACH 3

0203

3

 

 

REAR

FRONT

20/16

X

X

 

CONSOLE

 

MACH 20/16   MACH 1

0201

1

 

REAR

 

FRONT

20/16

X

X

 

 

 

MACH 24/20  MACH 5

0245

5

 

 

REAR

FRONT

24/20

X

X

 

CONSOLE

 

MACH 24/20   MACH 3

0243

3

 

 

REAR

FRONT

24/20

X

X

 

CONSOLE

 

MACH 24/20   MACH 1

0241

1

 

REAR

 

FRONT

24/20

X

X

 

 

 

24/24 BOMBER

0140

3

 

 

X

 

24/24

 

X

 

CONSOLE

 

GIRLS 24"

0144

1

 

 

 

 

24

 

 

X

 

 

LONGBOY

0168

5

X

 

X

 

20

 

X

 

CONSOLE

 

LONGBOY

0160

3

 

 

X

 

20

 

X

 

CONSOLE

 

LONGBOY

0161

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

X

 

 

 

SUPER 3 "88"

0138

3

 

 

X

 

20

X

X

 

STICK

 

SUPER "88"

0126

1

 

X

 

 

20

X

X

 

 

 

DELUXE

0150

5

X

 

X

 

20

 

X

 

STICK

 

DELUXE SPECIAL

0113

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

X

 

 

SINGLE BAR FRAME

DELUXE SPECIAL

0114

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

 

X

 

 

3-SPEED DELUXE SPECIAL

0115

3

 

 

X

 

20

 

X

 

CONSOLE

 

3-SPEED DELUXE SPECIAL

0116

3

 

 

X

 

20

 

 

X

CONSOLE

 

SPECIAL

0111

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

X

 

 

NO FENDERS

SPECIAL

0112

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

 

X

 

NO FENDERS

DELUXE 3-SPEED STICK SHIFT

0130

3

 

 

X

 

20

X

X

 

STICK

 

DELUXE COASTER BRAKE

0120

1

 

X

 

 

20

X

X

 

 

 

DELUXE3 TCW 3-SPEED STICK SHIFT

0131

3

 

REAR

FRONT

 

20

 

X

 

STICK

 

GIRLS SUPER COASTER BRAKE

0122

1

 

X

 

 

20

X

 

X

 

 

GIRLS DELUXE 3-SPEED

0134

3

 

 

X

 

20

 

 

X

 

 

GIRLD DELUXE 3-SPEED COASTER

0133

3

 

X

 

 

20

 

 

X

 

 

GIRLS DELUXE COASTER BRAKE

0124

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

 

X

 

 

GIRLS SUPER 3-SPEED

0132

3

 

 

X

 

20

X

 

X

TWIST

BASKET

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1971

 

MODEL NAME

NO.

SPEEDS

DE-            RAILEUR

COASER BRAKE

CALIPER BRAKE

DRUM BRAKE

WHEEL SIZES

W/W    TIRES

BOY'S

GIRLS

SHIFTER TYPE

OTHER FEATURES

1971

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DELUXE 5-SPEED

0150

5

X

 

X

 

20

DUO-BAND

X

 

STICK

 

DELUXE 3-SPEED

0130

3

 

 

X

 

20

 

X

 

CONSOLE

 

DELUXE COASTER BRAKE

0120

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

X

 

 

 

DELUXE TCW 3-SPEED

0131

3

 

REAR

FRONT

 

20

 

X

 

CONSOLE

 

BOY'S 3-SPEED 24"

0140

3

 

 

X

 

24

DUO-BAND

X

 

CONSOLE

 

BOY'S 24" COASTER

0141

3

 

X

 

 

24

DUO-BAND

X

 

CONSOLE

 

GIRL'S 3-SPEED 24"

0145

3

 

 

X

 

24

DUO-BAND

 

X

3 SPEED TRIGGER

BASKET

SUPER "88" 3-SPEED

0138

3

 

 

X

 

20

DUO-BAND

X

 

CONSOLE

 

SUPER "88" SINGLE

0126

1

 

X

 

 

20

DUO-BAND

X

 

CONSOLE

 

SPECIAL, BOY'S

0111

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

X

 

 

WHITE RIMS,NO FENDERS

SPECIAL, GIRL'S

0112

1

 

X

 

 

20

 

 

X

 

WHITE RIMS,NO FENDERS

3-SPEED DELUXE SPECIAL, BOY'S

0115

3