1900 Columbia Model 66
Produced by the Pope Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut, the Columbia Chainless Model 66 was designed for women riders with its swooping low frame tubes. Bicycles played an important role in the Victorian era by giving women the freedom of mobility. The chainless model offered the distinct advantage of "nothing to entangle the skirt, nothing to interfere with the quickest possible mount or dismount from either side." With a fully enclosed drivetrain, the bike was advertised as having "neatness" unlike any other bicycle designed for women. This particular example is in fantastic condition with nearly all of its original parts including era-correct tires and anatomic saddle. The case could be made that no other bike since has more graceful lines.
Frame: Columbia Model 66
Fork: Columbia single crown
Headset: Columbia ball bearing nickel plated
Stem: Columbia nickel plated
Handlebar: Columbia nickel plated
Bottom Bracket: Columbia bevel gear
Crankset: Columbia bevel gear nickel plated
Pedals: Columbia rat trap
Hubs: Columbia barrel nickel plated
Rims: 28 inch tubular wood
Tires: York "chain link" 28 x 1-1/2
Seatpost: Columbia nickel plated
Saddle: Ganford by American Saddle Co.