Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 15 of 15
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    7,283
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Official Bike of the 1976 Olympics

    Does anybody know anything about these? I've passed by one locked up in downtown Portland several times now; last night I finally stopped and took a look to see what it is. I can't add pics, because of file size limits, but here's a link to one on Ebay.

  2. #2
    Keeper of the SLDB BobHufford's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Springfield, MO
    My Bikes
    '75 Schwinn Paramount P-10, '86 Ritchey Commando, '87 Schwinn Cimarron, '91 Trek 990, '87 Schwinn High Sierra, '73 Schwinn Super Sport, '4? Schwinn New World, '76 Swing Bike.
    Posts
    1,629
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It's an Iverson and pretty much a boat anchor. Ashtabula crank with a big pie plate of a chainwheel guard with the logo and text on it. Gas pipe tubing, etc. Real low end. Typical Olympic "Official" sponsorship commercial deal. Here is a craigslist one in blue ...

    http://raleigh.craigslist.org/bik/192379174.html

    A buddy had me list a really nice example for him on eBay a couple of years ago and I think it brought $25. Sellers try to pass these off as Team bikes ...

    Bob

  3. #3
    My bikes became Vintage OLDYELLR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    1,094
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    What a joke! That looks like a really cheap department store "10-speed" with stem shifters and safety levers. The front dropouts are just flattened and notched tubing and the rear ones sheet metal spot welded in place. In 1976 a bike like that would have probably sold for well under $100. The manufacturer must have paid a royalty to use the Montral Olympics logo. As I recall, there were lots of products sold with that logo. When I first saw this post I thought Marinoni. I think they were the bikes used by the Canadian team, which is how they became well-known.
    1981 Nishiki Ultimate
    1977 Nishiki Landau
    1967 Jeunet Captivante track bike
    1951 Claud Butler New Allrounder under construction
    "index shifters = frets on a fiddle"

  4. #4
    Senior Member sykerocker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Montpelier, VA
    My Bikes
    The keepers: 1960 Raleigh Lenton Grand Prix, 1968 Ranger, 1969 Magneet Sprint, 1971 Gitane Tour de France, 1973 Raleigh Tourist, 1973 Lambert, 1973 Schwinn Super Sport, 2 - 1988 Rossins
    Posts
    3,809
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If it's an Iverson, DO NOT TOUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    They were the worst, the absolute worst of the department store bike boom cheapies. Most sold in Erie back then were white frames with black trim, and I remember a few coming into the shop with the headtube sheared off. Cracked clean through, and the bounce wasn't even hard enough to flat spot the cheap steel rims. I think they sold for something like $69.95 back then, and the local catalog store sold a few container loads of them.

    The only good thing I could ever say about them is that they saved a lot of Schwinn Varsity's and Raleigh Record's from abuse at the hands of spoiled 14 year olds. Which only goes to show that there is something good coming out of everything, no matter how bad.

    Syke
    Deranged Few M/C

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    7,283
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by sykerocker
    The only good thing I could ever say about them is that they saved a lot of Schwinn Varsity's and Raleigh Record's from abuse at the hands of spoiled 14 year olds.
    Err, my dad bought bikes for the family in 1970. My parents and my sister got Gitane Grand Sport de Luxes. I got a Raleigh Record. I was 15....

  6. #6
    listen to Cyanotic slundered's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    michigan
    My Bikes
    Beach Cruser remake from 95 i think, and Iverson Decathlon official bycle of the 1976 Olympic Games
    Posts
    2
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yeh I have an Iverson Decathlon official bycle of the 1976 Olympic Games sticker on front still say's Montgomery Wards my dad just gave it to me, i have a beach cruiser so that will sit. I will get Pic's for this fourm would be nice, i'm going to keep it in a safe place for the next 4 yrs! lol TIll the next Olympic Games!!

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    New Haven, CT area
    My Bikes
    Trek 7.5 Hybrid, Trek 1.1 Road, Holdsworth touring,Raleigh International,Ritchey Commando,Italvega Speciallissimo,et.al.
    Posts
    1,303
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I remember this bike well, and it sure is a horrible piece of crap, even when it was brand new. I think paying $25 for one is too much.

  8. #8
    Lanterne Rouge cb400bill's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Kalamazoo MI
    Posts
    7,350
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Laterally stiff yet vertically compliant.

    Viscount Aerospace Pro Trek 770 Cannondale Synapse

  9. #9
    Ride on... KJColumbo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Honey Brook, PA
    My Bikes
    Just starting my collection.
    Posts
    84
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have to admit, it is a nice looking bike...but I wouldn't touch it.
    KJColumbo
    2006 Trek 4300 Disc / 2004 Trek 5000 / 2004 Cannondale R600 Triple
    1991 Trek 2100 (dearly missed, looking for another) / 1990 Trek 930 (Keeping it old school)
    1989 Raleigh Technium Pre (Trainer for now)/ 1978 Trek TX900 (Rebuilding)
    1974 Campania Medalist (Wall Decoration)

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    7,283
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
    Sad.

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    New Haven, CT area
    My Bikes
    Trek 7.5 Hybrid, Trek 1.1 Road, Holdsworth touring,Raleigh International,Ritchey Commando,Italvega Speciallissimo,et.al.
    Posts
    1,303
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I am absolutely shocked that someone would pay $300 for this horrible piece of steel. However, one mans garbage is another mans treasure.

  12. #12
    Senior Member ga_mueller's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    San Jose, CA
    My Bikes
    1978 Nishiki Superbe, 1982 Miyata Team, 1987 Miyata 912, 1987 Davidson Challenge, 1993 Bridgestone RB1-7
    Posts
    325
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Heh heh... I bought my minty-fresh 1987 Miyata 912 for $270 on Fleabay... coulda had an Iverson!!!

  13. #13
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Central Illinois
    Posts
    27
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I would hate to think anyone would believe a bike like that was raced anywhere let alone the Olympics. It is what we used to call a sixty-nine dollar wonder. You pay your sixty-nine dollars and wonder how you could ride it.

  14. #14
    Newbie
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    1
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i just restored one. its heavy as hell but it runs great

  15. #15
    Senior Member brian3069's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    My Bikes
    Raleigh Supercourse
    Posts
    1,011
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You're 4 years late, but welcome to the party.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •