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Columbia Chainless Bicycle-1920


 Albert A. Pope, or Colonel Pope as he liked to be known, was a tireless promoter of his Columbia brand. In an effort to develop a premium product that would command higher prices, he developed the so-called “chainless” bicycle based on a driveshaft connected by beveled gears at each end. Although it worked well enough and eliminated the problem of chain grease, it was never a big seller because it cost more and weighed more than comparable chain-driven bicycles.



Designer/builder: Albert A. Pope, Pope Manufacturing Company

Country of Origin: Westfield, Massachusetts, USA

Weight: 17690g/ 39lbs.