June 7, 2011 Bikes No Comments


My first (and so far only) ladies bicycle. This one came as a pair with the Star Rider and was in much the same condition so I’m guessing it to be around the same age – probably late ’70s or early ’80s. Again this required a pretty major overhaul and the addition of some new components, but it’s turned out to be a beauty like its brother.

It’s a lugged steel frame, not sure of the make as the logos had deteriorated badly with much of the paintwork. From what I could read it was a Victory, or perhaps a Victoria. Anyhow, I’ve never heard of either and it’s now all black. The muguards turned out to be a nice chrome, which buffed up well after I took the paint off and added to the classic look alongside the cream tyres, cork grips and Brooks saddle.

I put new two wheels on Victoria. The rear one is an Eastern European single speed coaster hub in an Italian steel rim. Then finished it off with new touring pedals and touring handlebars. It has a rear rack for your luggage but a nice wicker basket probably wouldn’t go amiss.

Frame: Lugged steel, ladies

Size: 49cm seat tube middle to middle

Wheels: 700c, rear coaster brake, 700 x 35 Schwalbe tyres

Gears: Single speed

Dropouts: Horizontal

Brakes: Caliper front, rear coaster (backpedal) brake

Extras: Brooks B67S saddle, cork grips, rear rack, bell

Written by james