Columbia Light Roadster Safety - 1889

Model year 1889 for the Pope Manufacturing Company saw the introduction of the Columbia Light Roadster "Safety". The popularity of the new rear drive safety bicycle prompted the Pope Mfg. Co. to move the chain drive safety to the front of their catalog. Their offering was a bicycle of similar design to their 1888 model, the Veloce. Using a cross frame it was now stabilized with a down tube, had front leading link suspension, and tangent spoke wheels with hollow rims. The model was a carry over from Pope's popular Columbia Light Roadster ordinary bicycle. The C.L.R. Safety used 32 inch front wheel and 30 inch rear wheel with solid tires and was geared to 54 inches. The cost was $130.

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