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Vintage Iver Johnson Diamond Frame Special Roadster Bicycle

30th October 1908 (No Comments)

Vintage Iver Johnson Diamond Frame Special Roadster Bicycle

Iver Johnson was famous for there Truss Bridge Frame But but were not limited to that. This 1908 Iver Johnson Special Roadster Bike is a fine example of Iver’s high end diamond frame bicycles that were built with Shelby steel tubing and new frame building techniques. The diamond frame boasted a lighter weight racer frame with comparable strength to the iconic truss bridge frame. This early Iver has unique Iver cranks and bottom bracket that were only used for a few years. The Diamond Frame Special Roadster may look kinda plain Jane but reflects the Craftsmanship and Beauty to be expected from Iver Johnson Bicycles.

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1900s Antique Lake View Cycle Company Wood Wheel Bike

11th March 1903 (No Comments)

1900s Antique Lake View Cycle Company Wood Wheel Bike

Early 1900s Antique Lake View Cycle Company Wood Wheel Bike. The Lovely Badge may be the only story to tell “Lake View Cycle Company 3255 N. Clark St. Chicago” After much research I found nothing, not even in the Wheelman lists. I Believe this LVC Bike to be a made from early 1900′s to around 1918 and most likely a small bike Manufacture in Chicago surviving the down turn in the bicycle industry after the Gay 1890s Bicycle Boom. Chicago was home to many small Manufactures in the early 1900s as well as Larger Arnold Schwinn & Co.

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Antique 1899 Ladies Iver Johnson Wood Wheel Safety Bicycle

12th September 1899 (No Comments)

Antique 1899 Ladies Iver Johnson Wood Wheel Safety Bicycle

Beautiful Early Ladies Iver Johnson Arms & Cycle Works Bicycle built in Fitchburg Massachusetts. This Wonderfully Preserved Gem appears to be one of Iver’s first self badged Iver Johnson Arms & Cycle Works Bicycle built in Fitchburg Mass. in 1898. The Bicycle has wood wheels, single tube tires, fixed gear hub, front Spoon Brake, Ornate Chainguard, and Wooden rear Fender with Skirt Guards. This Early Iver Could be considered Safety or Early post Safety Era.

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Growing Old Together, His & Hers Iver Johnson Safety Bikes

04th December 1898 (No Comments)

Growing Old Together, His & Hers Iver Johnson Safety Bikes

This Lovely Duo is a 1898 Mens and a 1899 Ladies Iver Johnson Wood Wheel Pneumatic Safety Bicycles. These Wonderfully Preserved Gems are some of Iver’s first self badged Iver Johnson Arms & Cycle Works Bicycles built in Fitchburg Mass. The Iver Quality and Detail on these bicycles is quite exquisite, with jewelry type detail, actually Gun Smith Quality. The bikes are consecutive years yet have different design reflecting changing innovation of the early Iver Johnson Bicycles.

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Vintage 1898 Thistle Racer / Roadster Wood Wheel Bicycle

20th March 1898 (No Comments)

Vintage 1898 Thistle Racer / Roadster Wood Wheel Bicycle

Little is known about the Thistle Bicycle except that the Thistle was manufactured by Fulton Machine Works and had ties to Excelsior Cycle Supply both in Chicago around 1892 to 1900. What is known is that Quite Possibly the most Iconic Early Women’s Racer, Tillie Anderson aka ” The Terrible Swede ” Rode a Thistle Bicycle. Tillie Anderson a Swedish immigrant raced in a brief era where women were allowed to race in Road and Track 6 Day races. Tillie entered 130 races and won all but 7, quite a dominating performance and career. Unfortunately women’s racing was taboo and the “LAW” League of American Wheelman abolished Women’s racing in the early 1900s and Women’s Racing would set back for decades. This Antique Thistle Bike is is Quite an Exquisite Piece of Machinery only trumped by an Tillie Anderson Racing Accomplishments.

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