Took my new old bike out, a Columbia "Made in England" Sports model Light Roadster made in the 1960s. The dark green chromoly-steel frame was found brand new in the shop, still covered with oiled brown paper. Columbia is an old American brand of bicycles but it seems they had some frames made in Birmingham, England, in the olde days.
The bike has a 1978 3-speed Sturmey-Archer hub with a vintage lever switch (hard to find nowadays). Uncle helped me find as many vintage parts as possible to outfit the bike. I think only the rims, tires and crank are not old.
For example, the front hub is an old Shimano hub, the pedals are MKS Quill 2k pedals from the 70s, the brakes are old centre-pull caliper brakes from Japan, called Cherry, which were popularly found in sport bikes of the 1960s and '70s.
The seat is some old padded Japanese saddle with some obiang diamond pattern. Even the lights are old. The rear light is a Cat Eye TL-550 2.5V halogen red light, while the front is a Sanyo LK-H203E 2.5V halogen lamp. Both were new out of their yellowed boxes, at least two decades old. The TL-550 uses four AAs and looks like something out of a 60s space movie, and the Sanyo lamp uses two C-sized batteries. I mean, who uses C batteries on bicycle lamps anymore?
To top it off, it was a lovely cool evening to ride this piece of history out for the first time.