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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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