Columbia Model 60 Women's Bicycle, 1898

Summary

The Pope Manufacturing Company introduced their "chainless" bicycle in 1897. Its driveshaft with bevel gears needed less maintenance than chain-drives and it was cleaner -- no greasy stains on your clothes. Unfortunately, a shaft-drive was heavier and lost a bit of power. They were also more expensive -- not helpful when sales were lagging. Early shaft-driven, chainless bicycles failed to catch on.

The Pope Manufacturing Company introduced their "chainless" bicycle in 1897. Its driveshaft with bevel gears needed less maintenance than chain-drives and it was cleaner -- no greasy stains on your clothes. Unfortunately, a shaft-drive was heavier and lost a bit of power. They were also more expensive -- not helpful when sales were lagging. Early shaft-driven, chainless bicycles failed to catch on.

Artifact

Bicycle

Date Made

1898

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

61.138.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Mr. & Mrs. H. Benjamin Robison.

Material

Steel (Alloy)
Metal
Nickel (Metal)
Leather
Wood (Plant material)

Color

Black (Color)
Tan (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 40.5 in

Width: 20.5 in

Length: 72.5 in

Inscriptions

On front frame plate: POPE MFG COMPANY / MOD 60 / COLUMBIA / HARTFORD, CONN, U.S.A. /... On PR pedal: COLUMBIA / PAT.APP.FOR

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