I Ride a Victoria and consider it the ideal bicycle for ladies’ use. Such is the invariable testimony of ladies who try the Victoria.
The majority of bicycles for ladies are heavy and hard to propel. The Victoria is a model of lightness, grace, strength and easy-running qualities – a fit mount for American women.
A most desirable feature of the Victoria is the Victoria Tilting Saddle, which simplifies mounting by preventing the dress from catching on the peak of the saddle.
– Overman Wheel Co Advertisement
1893 Overman Victoria
Single Tube Ladies’ Bicycle
26″ Wheels with Single Tube Tyres
The Single Tube bicycle was the first design manufactured for women: the down tube connected to the bottom bracket without any extra bracing.
Soon after this style of bicycle had been introduced, the majority of manufacturers added extra strengthening to the single tube, but Overman Wheel Co continued with this design on their Victoria – ‘The Queen of Safeties’ – until 1895.
Functional 120-year-old bicycles are no longer easy to find, and a ‘Single Tube’ bicycle is a particularly rare item. This is an important historic model that serious enthusiasts like to have in their collections as an example of the evolution of the bicycle.
This Victoria is functional, but requires some light restoration. The handlebar grips are usable but incorrect (original or repro trips can be obtained). The skirt guard over the rear wheel either needs removing completely or replacing: the cord is present, but a previous repair to the wooden rear mudguard has come unglued, so it needs re-gluing and the skirt guard re-lacing.
The saddle requires a new leather top. (There is a company that specialises in replacing vintage saddle leather).
It runs on obsolete ‘tubeless’ tyres that are in good condition and hold air. If the bike is to be ridden a lot, it might be wise to remove and preserve these very rare and valuable original tyres and replace them with 26″ repro solid tyres (which are available cheaply).
1893: OVERMAN VICTOR DISPLAY at the WORLD’S FAIR
As one of America’s top cycle manufacturers, Overman Wheel Co had a prominent display at the 1893 Columbia Exposition in Chicago, also known as the 1893 World’s Fair.
OVERMAN WHEEL COMPANY
OVERMAN VICTOR ADVERTS