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    Iverson bikes?

    Does anyone know anything about Iverson bicycles? I have 1 old road bike, and I just aquired an older 3 speed (for $15, hardly ever used) I am just curious about these bikes and I can't seem to find any info on them elsewhere. I assume they are a generic or off-brand bike, but I have 2 now so I feel that I should find out a bit more about them. If anyone has any clue, or is a fellow Iverson owner, please let me know your thoughts/knowledge on the bicycle.

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    Please list components and frame tubing pedigree decals. The only Iversons I have seen have been strictly low-end, but I am no expert on the marque.
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    Iversons are big in the stingray/chopper crowd, but there are earlier Iversons that were much heralded racing bikes.

    Walt Dehlinger's Iverson is attached...

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    I figured I would resurrect an old thread rather than start a new one. Yesterday I answered a local CL add, and came away as the winner of this beast for $10.

    All I have as of today is the single CL picture, but if anybody is interested, I'll shoot some more. The seller did not list the manufacturer in the ad, and from a 'distance', I thought I might have rediscovered my beloved long lost Rollfast of my youth. Unfortunately, not... but I bought it anyhow.

    Shimano 333 hub and white grip shifter.
    26 x 1-3/8 tires - aged but holding air.
    Iverson on the chain guard and a paper sticker headbadge. No country of origin.
    No other markings except a generic bicycle manufactures group safety compliance sticker on the seat tube.
    Ashtabula crank
    Enough reflectors to suggest mid '70's

    I'd assess overall condition as much better than average. Oil/dirt residue on the rims & frame, but otherwise basically rust free. Minimal scratches or chipped paint.

    From my research, Iverson was a brand name of the Stelber Bicycle Company of Elmhurst (Queens), NY - maker of bikes that made Ross seem like 'high end'.

    I'm not really sure yet what I'll do with it long term. I'll probably clean it up, & ride it for a bit, then decide. The components could find there way to other worthy projects, or keep it whole and eventually find it a new home.
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    Nice find, and what a great deal for $10!! I've seen a few Iversons around, usually single or three-speeds similar to yours. They remind me of a Columbia Tourist or Schwinn Racer, maybe a bit lesser in fit & finish, but still solid.

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    That bike is certainly nicer than the white 10-speeds they were selling out of catalog stores back during the bike boom. Those were the absolute, bottom of the barrel, piece of crap you could buy on two wheels. Yes, worse than the current Next . . . . . .
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    Iverson is about Huffy or lower... They had a serious problem putting bikes together properly (ie frames came misaligned from the factory).
    In the end Rollfast bikes were made in the same factory as Iverson, so it may not be too different than your long lost rollfast. Although generally the Rollfasts were better made (I guess they made the Iversons on fridays).

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    Iversons from the '70s disproves that idea that "they made them better back then". Don't even attempt to true the wheels. It will drive you nuts. You probably have two of the few surviving Iversons, so that must make them worth something.

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    well i can tell you it was really Stelber bikes, changed the name to Iverson when it became a public company.. I know because my father started company

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    Same as huffy. Actually it became a division of Stelber Industries which actually was the name of the bike from 1947 till the early 60s when it became a public company. Owned 2 factories oversea to help with the demand of the 70s bike boom. It did 80 million a year but it was poorly run. I know my father owned the comany but retired befored it went bust around 1983. Never wanted to be a high end comapny sold to discount chains

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    Ross was sold in bike shops made in Penn. Stelber was made in brooklyn til they built a big factory inYapank. Sold to discount stiores

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    I had one of those when I was a teenager. Total, complete, piece of junk! The frame wasn't even straight on that boat anchor! I laugh when I see these rolling craps on Ebay or CL being offered for a few hundred bucks.

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    Vintage_Cyclist: A new member comes here and resurrects a thread to say his father started the company, and you instantly call his father's products crap! Not a very nice greeting.

    theincon1: I can only hope Vintage_Cyclist only read the initial post and did not intend to insult your father's legacy. Not every company has to cater to the racing crowd. This is generally one of the more polite and respectful corners of the web. Welcome!

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    Perhaps I should have posted this here. Just on a whim, I picked up an Iverson for $20.00, reddish-orange in colour, made in Portugal (or so it says), marked "Super Olympic 66" on the brakes. Wheels spin true, no clicking from the bottom bracket. Ser# 044XXX, not bad shape except for the cable housings. Might also change out the goose neck for a shorter one as i have a shorter reach. Anyone know anything about this model or where I can get info? It's just something i can have fun with while giving the old Fuji Royale a rest. I'll post some pics when I get a chance.

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    I had an Iverson Charger sting ray bike as a young teen, and it was the most fun I've ever had on a bike.

    I rode the heck out of that thing everyday, all day, and it never let me down. If the fit an finish was bad, who knew and who cared back then, it looked cool. We were kids and customizing your stingray was all the rage. I added a way cool sissy bar and bar grips with streamers(ok, the streamers were a bit much I admit!) Yeah, it weighed a metric ton and a half, but I had good legs back then, so again, who cared? It was about the adventures that a stingray bike could bring you to and how cool it looked and the Charger did look pretty cool.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Giacomo 1 View Post
    I had an Iverson Charger sting ray bike as a young teen, and it was the most fun I've ever had on a bike.

    I rode the heck out of that thing everyday, all day, and it never let me down. If the fit an finish was bad, who knew and who cared back then, it looked cool. We were kids and customizing your stingray was all the rage. I added a way cool sissy bar and bar grips with streamers(ok, the streamers were a bit much I admit!) Yeah, it weighed a metric ton and a half, but I had good legs back then, so again, who cared? It was about the adventures that a stingray bike could bring you to and how cool it looked and the Charger did look pretty cool.


    Thanks @theicon1 for bringing your fathers story to us. His company filled an important niche for kids and families with little money...
    I think that's something I overlook all the time, providing affordable bikes for kids and families with little money.

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    Got a few pics here of the Iverson. Anyone got any info on Portugese-built models?1.JPG2.JPG3.JPG4.JPG5.JPG6.JPG7.JPG8.JPG9.JPG

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ic3Bik3 View Post
    Got a few pics here of the Iverson. Anyone got any info on Portugese-built models?1.JPG2.JPG3.JPG4.JPG5.JPG6.JPG7.JPG8.JPG9.JPG
    I have never seen one like that. The only Portuguese bicycle company I can find any info on is Orbita: ÓRBITA | OrbitaBikes

    Your bike has a simplex derailleur, which would have a date stamped on the back of it, like so:


    This should give you a good idea when it was made.

    The bike itself looks very nice for an Iverson, but it is still a pretty low-end bike for the era. That it is Portuguese makes it pretty interesting, but probably doesn't add much to the collectibility.

    Also please lower the handle bars slightly before riding - it looks like the stem is about to pop out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mos6502 View Post
    I have never seen one like that. The only Portuguese bicycle company I can find any info on is Orbita: ÓRBITA | OrbitaBikes

    Your bike has a simplex derailleur, which would have a date stamped on the back of it, like so:


    This should give you a good idea when it was made.

    The bike itself looks very nice for an Iverson, but it is still a pretty low-end bike for the era. That it is Portuguese makes it pretty interesting, but probably doesn't add much to the collectibility.

    Also please lower the handle bars slightly before riding - it looks like the stem is about to pop out!
    Thanks or the reply. I checked for the date and found 1/72 (your pic shows 4/71), so it's older than I thought. Wrt the stem, I noticed that. I didn't think it would be a long stem like Nitto makes ( I put one on the Fuji - rides like a dream!). It will get lowered along with the seat - I'm not a tall person! All in all it will be a nice bike to ride around on that won't attract attention. Thanks again.

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    I bought an Iverson 10 speed in the 70s. It has been a workhorse. I would ride it 10 miles to work and back everyday. I still have it and it is still in good shape. I believe I will dust it off and go for a ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebuster View Post
    I bought an Iverson 10 speed in the 70s. It has been a workhorse. I would ride it 10 miles to work and back everyday. I still have it and it is still in good shape. I believe I will dust it off and go for a ride.
    Be sure to post a photo here of the right hand side of your Iverson!

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    I have a nonfunctional Iverson 5 shooter. That's all I know about the company
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    I have three wheeled Iverson bike but need bearings for it as mine are bad where and how can I get them ?
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    Iverson road bikes

    Quote Originally Posted by moT311 View Post
    Does anyone know anything about Iverson bicycles? I have 1 old road bike, and I just aquired an older 3 speed (for $15, hardly ever used) I am just curious about these bikes and I can't seem to find any info on them elsewhere. I assume they are a generic or off-brand bike, but I have 2 now so I feel that I should find out a bit more about them. If anyone has any clue, or is a fellow Iverson owner, please let me know your thoughts/knowledge on the bicycle.
    I have one, red(?), that I picked up at a yard sale. Can't find any info, though there is a guy on EBay with an owners manual for sale. Supposedly, according to the sticker, it was made in Portugal in the early 1970's. Or maybe that was just the sticker. Anyway, I posted pictures in a earlier post. Post some pics so we can compare. Rise safe.

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