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1892-1896 Iroquois Cycle Works

Old 07-11-13, 03:27 PM
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1892-1896 Iroquois Cycle Works

Does anyone know anything about these bikes beside the ad and 1 article online about Mead purchasing and selling the bikes. Do Iroquois bikes ever go up for sale? Is there a reason I can't find a images of these bikes? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 07-11-13, 05:33 PM
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What ad and what online article?
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Iroquois Bike Information




This is all I can seem to find on these bikes. I'm interesting in finding one for purchase. Is there a way to assess the value or come up with a range.
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...so you've got your price range. Anywhere from $16.75 on up to $100 new, accounting for inflation but also over a hundred years of regular use, and does it come with the guy in the Indian costume?

They were apparently made by Stover Bicycle Manufacturing Co., who also made Phoenix bicycles. Another fun advertisement here.
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This sounds odd to me. Why are you searching for / wanting to purchase a specific bike that you know nothing about? Have you found one already and want to know it's value?
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Maybe the OP is Haudenosaunee. Stranger reasons for bike lust have happened.
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I know someone with one and am looking to see if there is any others out there. Current owner has limited information on it. I actually took a couple pictures to see if anyone can help me identify the bike and possible value. The bike is in really good condition.
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Can we see the pictures?
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Photos



There is also a tool kit, 2 original wooden rims/ tires, spare fork, spare rim

Enjoy

Anyone know any information, value?
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Another old Iroquois

It was quite a few years ago that I researched Iroquois Bicycle Works. Now I can't find the sources I came upon before. The dates of operation I found were 1896-1898, somewhat different from what you have here, but it was a small maker in Chicago back in the era when there were lots of small shops building and selling machines of their own manufacture. I have an Iroquois ladies safety bicycle. It was given to me by an old lady who found it in her attic in Grand Rapids, Michigan when I lived there. It was in pieces but basically complete. The front rim is not useable in it's current shape. The picture here is with a metal-clad wooden rim that I acquired somewhere and rebuilt on the original front hub. The bike has facsimile solid rubber tires now to make it rideable, but originally had big fat tubular (sew-up) tires.

Value is pretty much what any collector is willing to pay. I haven't found anyone interested in paying much. We've just enjoyed owning a piece of American history. I suppose if a professional restored such a bike (and I mean serious time and money to recover the seat with new leather in the old style, relaminating rims, etc.) it could be worth quite a bit. Short of putting the bike in pristine condition with original or remanufactured parts, it probably doesn't have a lot of cash value.
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Originally Posted by Netho116 View Post
It was quite a few years ago that I researched Iroquois Bicycle Works. Now I can't find the sources I came upon before. The dates of operation I found were 1896-1898, somewhat different from what you have here, but it was a small maker in Chicago back in the era when there were lots of small shops building and selling machines of their own manufacture. I have an Iroquois ladies safety bicycle. It was given to me by an old lady who found it in her attic in Grand Rapids, Michigan when I lived there. It was in pieces but basically complete. The front rim is not useable in it's current shape. The picture here is with a metal-clad wooden rim that I acquired somewhere and rebuilt on the original front hub. The bike has facsimile solid rubber tires now to make it rideable, but originally had big fat tubular (sew-up) tires.

Value is pretty much what any collector is willing to pay. I haven't found anyone interested in paying much. We've just enjoyed owning a piece of American history. I suppose if a professional restored such a bike (and I mean serious time and money to recover the seat with new leather in the old style, relaminating rims, etc.) it could be worth quite a bit. Short of putting the bike in pristine condition with original or remanufactured parts, it probably doesn't have a lot of cash value.
well it's an interesting looking bike, that's for sure. very sharp. i would consider it an omafiet, though purists might think differently.

no clue what those go for. maybe junk, maybe not. if it was mine though, id sink a few hundred dollars in a nice paint job, a full service and a refurbishment of whichever parts needed it.

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Let's see the drive-side!

What's the setup? Fixed gear, coaster brake? I'm assuming it's one of those since I don't see any other form of brake.
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This is all I can seem to find on these bikes. I'm interesting in finding one for purchase. Is there a way to assess the value or come up with a range.
No, you found one.

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