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Overman Victor ordinary bicycle, about 1886

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Overman Victor ordinary bicycle, about 1886
Smithsonian Institution, Negative #: 811-B


This object appears in the following sections:

Smithsonian Bicycle Collection — The collection, 1883-1886

Iver Johnson bicycle

Overman Victor ordinary bicycle
Catalog #: 307,216, Accession #: 66,457
In collection
From the Smithsonian Collection
This Ordinary, built by the Overman Wheel Co., of Boston, Massachusetts, was their Victor model, and was ridden to many racing victories in the late 1880s by Stacy Cassady, of Millville, New Jersey. It was probably built in 1886, as the latest patent date on its nameplate is 1 December 1885. It was donated to the Smithsonian in 1921.
Physical Description
Artifact. This bicycle looks very similar to the Columbia Light Roadster, though larger and of heavier construction. The front wheel is 54 inches in diameter and contains 72 wire spokes. The spikes are tangentially laced to the hubs. Adjustable cranks with rubber-covered pedals provide for a throw of from 5 to 5 3/4 inches. The machine is equipped with a leather saddle, a step attached to the lower left of the curved perch, and curved handlebars. The lever-operated spoon brake that once operated against the tire of the front wheel is now missing.
Date Made:
about 1886
Massachusetts, New Jersey
Gift of Edward Hosea Sithens

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