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AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympics posted by: ray on 5/15/2005 at 12:08:44 AM
Hello,
I recently picked up an old ten speed at a college auction. It's a baby blue bike, with olympic seals all over it, saying "Iverson Decathlon", along with a semi-transparent circular plastic emblem on the frame that says both in french and english "official bicyle of the 1976 olympics." The bike is in very good condition, still rides like a dream, shifts gears great. How much is it worth?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by wade on 5/15/2005 at 5:08:47 AM
unfortunately there isn't a huge demand for iverson bikes unless they are 20" bikes
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by Randy on 5/15/2005 at 2:29:45 PM
One of these bicycles was recently offered on Ebay and didn't earn a single bid. I spent some time at the 1976 Olympic site, which was in Montreal, Canada. Canada is a bilingual country(not my idea, believe me) and that would account for the two languages on the bicycle. I have seen one other bicycle, similar to the one that you have and, as I recall, it was nothing special from a rider's or collector's point of view. They were entry level, at best. Of course, you might have something completely different. A picture would better help with identifying cost but I wouldn't expect too much. I might add that I frequently see Iverson bicycles at the local landfill site and I have never bothered to pick one up. Sorry to be so negative.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by Ron on 5/16/2005 at 12:41:43 PM
Likely, the company paid a sponsorship just like all the other "Official" candy bar, soft drink, film, etc. companies did. Being "Official" doesn't mean it is a good product, just that they kicked in some money. Sometimes there is value to memorabilia collectors.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by JONathan on 5/17/2005 at 1:40:21 AM
Interestingly, I came across an "Open Road" 10-sp. which was the marketed name for Montgomery-Wards' bicycles at the time. It had the Olympic rings so as to associate it in some obscure way to the '76 Olympics. It was near new, but getting it to run right was impossible, so I settled for just getting it to run half-way decent. Fortunately, my neice thought it was a spectacular bike. Who am I to tell her different?! The frame is all that is left of it. As I learned more and more about quality attributes of a bicycle, I felt embarassed that I had actually spent hours fixing this one up. I wonder if it was built by Iverson. My recollection is that it was very heavy, unresponsive and the control mechanisms were sloppy. I never got any complaints, however.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE: official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by Kevin on 6/12/2005 at 10:25:02 AM
I have an Iverson Decathlon purchased new in (not surprisingly) July of 1976. It was pricey for what it is and for its time, as I recall, about $100. Iverson may not be a premier brand, but it served me well in high school and had a second life ten years later when I went to law school (85 lbs. of law books on the rack!) I've always liked it; it's now in retirement, so to speak. FWIW, it has a Shimano shifter. I'll post a photo when I get a chance. Ray, feel free to send an e-mail if you have any questions.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:���official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by kelvin sorrell on 8/17/2009 at 7:24:44 AM
Have seen crappy Austrian Iversons.Stamped dropouts.
Have orange Portugese model.Very nice bike.52 cm.
Dropouts welded in. Nice lugs.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by cinders on 3/22/2007 at 8:39:17 PM
Hi everybody! I just bought one at the goodwill outlet center in San luis obispo,CA. I paid $5.00 for it. My boyfriend really loves vintage bikes. It was a bike neither one of us had ever seen. We loved it and could not pay fast enough. He loves to buy,fix up and sell bikes he has quite a collection of old bikes,and yet he agreed with me that this bike was unique!"Go buy this bike at Wal-Mart" I always say there is an ass for every seat! Well at least this seat is embosed with the olympic ensignia.We are real new to computors,and we don"t know how to send a pic. Please reply to us and leave us a phone # and we would love to chew some rubber.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE: official bicycle of the 1976 olympicsposted by Kevin on 6/27/2007 at 1:19:58 PM
For those of you who have this bike...what color is it if you know it wasn't repainted. I recall that it only came from the factory in a silvery blue color, with a tan seat, but I could be wrong. Thanks!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE: official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by sheep on 9/8/2007 at 1:18:07 PM
I had the same bike model. admittingly, it was not in the greatest condition. I got it at a garage sale - 2 bikes for 5 dollars so it was a deal even disregarding the olympic seal.

The frame is painted light blue. the seat is tan colored and very uncomfortable. there should be a gold olympic sticker on the frame too... handles are wrapped in tan plastic.

But sadly last year, on a rainy day, I was going down a steep hill with a stop sign at the end and the brakes failed me. The bike is completely ruined and I was quite badly injured. The pieces that I could not use as spare parts for my newly bought old bike are still sitting in the basement.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by Ken on 7/23/2008 at 8:04:44 AM
I still own the Iverson 3-speed green bicycle that I bought new in 1974. It is not the Decathalon model, however for a "low end" bicycle, I have never had a problem and it still rides great.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:?official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by James on 8/4/2008 at 8:06:22 PM
I pickup an Iverson bike from a local thrift store. It was so dirty. I was only interested on the Sturney Aecher AW hub for spare parts. But it turned out to be a beautiful bike. The hub dated 72-4.

It was also installed with a Capri 27 speedometer. The milage was on 48.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by michelle on 10/13/2008 at 10:16:44 AM
My iverson 10 speed street bike is bright yellow!


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by Kerry on 10/22/2008 at 8:04:02 PM
I find myself in possession of one these bikes. It's been in the family for 30+ years and barely used, but now (because of me) somewhat weather beaten. By itself, it doesn't seem that exciting, except that I am also in possession of the original owner's manual (for models EIL-80415, 80416, 81415, and 81416) , complete with photos of awesome mid-70s fashions. I'll try to get scan and post them later.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by Jerry on 3/6/2009 at 4:18:01 PM
I just bought an Iverson mens bike, coaster brake. Its painted blue and looks original. The strangest thing is its equipped with a green leather sprint seat. Wonder if anyone every heard of a colored seat on these bikes. I have pics if anyone is interested.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by Jerry on 3/6/2009 at 4:19:59 PM
Thats a "spring" seat, sorry.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by David on 5/31/2009 at 10:16:35 PM
I have a 76 olympic bike it was my dads he's had it before i was born it say's montgomery wards on it but i see alot of people saying there's is blue and one person said there's was bright yellow mine is more like tan or baige? i was wondering if there is a difference or did they make alot of diffrent colors thanks
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by Bill on 7/23/2009 at 2:09:10 PM
I had an Iverson when I was in college. I bought it a K-mart for $70. Best bike I ever owned, smooth and the shimano shifter was great. Every bit as good as the Trek I have now. My Iverson was stolen in 1972:(
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by mike on 8/5/2009 at 11:16:29 AM
i picked up a 20 inch iverson roadrunner bike..its purple and a girls bike ..is it worth anything ..its all original!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by Mac on 8/22/2009 at 7:10:31 PM
I have an original Iverson Decathlon 10 speed in the 26" size that I have ridden sparsely over the years, and just now cleaned up and it looks as if brand new. Seat has a ding on right side so I just trimmed it up with some black duct tape and it looks fine. I could get tan tape later on. , and the gold tape trim is worn off in places so I'm replacing with new tape. Retaping the handlebars with better tape as well. For a relatively inexpensive bike it has stood the test of time. The brakes and derailleur all work just fine. If someone has a beat up bike of same with a nice seaat I'd be interested in the seat.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by Gregory on 8/23/2009 at 5:05:13 PM
I just bought an Iverson 10 speed in poor condition. I replaced the seat ans seat post, both wheels and tyres and put 5 new rear cogs on although it did'nt really need it (they were free). It rolls like a dream, I love it!
The original paint is a metallic like purple and the steel badge on the front says "Iverson, made in Japan"...
Great bike in great condition now!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by Brenda Holloway on 8/31/2009 at 1:14:17 PM
Wow, I had a dark green Iverson 10 speed in high school and through college... I loved it until the handlebars broke off, lasted for many years and many miles. I just got a new bike yesterday to replace my old Trek and was thinking back on it. Was pleased to see people still remembered it!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by Steve on 11/10/2009 at 5:07:13 PM
Last night I picked up an Iverson mens bike - 26" tires, Shimano 3 speed hub. I'm not quite sure why I took it, but, hey, the price was right and it was in very good, near rust free condition. It reminded me very much of the Rollfast bike of my younger days.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by Ginny on 12/2/2009 at 8:28:49 PM
Got my brown 3-speed for my 16th b-day in 74. My dad thought a 10speed was useless!But he put on taped ram horn handlebars to make it look like one. I kept it mint. My son rode it in Manhattan while @ FIT. Now he's taking it to school in Savannah. He thinks vintage is the greatest!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by Santo on 3/10/2010 at 3:06:42 PM
I sold one of these to a museum in Sacremento for 7500.00 It is the Montgomery Ward colectors edition. There were about 75 made in 1976 that have an actual serial number of authentification. If your bike is engraved with a serial number it is worth alot of money. They were made as memoribilia for the 1976 Summer Olympics in Canada
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by Jace on 4/6/2010 at 11:44:22 AM
My friend gave me a Montgomery Ward "Olympic Edition" bike last year- She paid about $20 for it, so I didn't think it was worth much- I guess I should look for a serial number-
Is yours tan with the Olympic solid-type, silver circular chain guard and brown leather seat with the embossed Olympic logo? This one rides poorly and needs major work to get it
in goods ridable condition!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by David on 4/11/2010 at 9:04:45 AM
Tell us more about the $7500 sale to "a museum in Sacramento." What museum? That's impossible to believe unless there is some major misunderstanding or dishonesty (is museum directory a near relation?).
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by Mike on 5/18/2010 at 4:41:39 AM
Have a tan colored 10 speed with a tan seat and a logo on the seat. No manufacturers name. Has 1976 Olympics decal's in 3 or 4 locations. 1 is on the outer sprocket in English and French. Bike's in excellent shape. Worth anything?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by Jim on 6/17/2010 at 4:55:29 AM
I have a Iverson 5 speed Drag Stripper in very good condition and was curious of its value. Can anyone out there help me out. Thank you.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by jj on 6/18/2010 at 3:44:56 AM
For your Iverson Drag Stripper:
- There are 3 of them listed in the Price Guides at the top of any page here at OldRoads.com. (In the USED Bicycle Price Guide, query "DragStripper" as one word.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by Jolyn on 7/8/2010 at 3:39:06 PM
I have a 10 speed purple made in japan iverson, original owner. what is it worth???
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by jj on 7/9/2010 at 3:59:16 AM
Try the Price Guides at the top of every page here on OldRoads.com
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by Hank on 7/10/2010 at 10:26:18 AM
I bought one of these new in 1976, I put many miles on it in my younger days and just recently completely overhauled and rebuilt it. It still has the light blue colour frame, the tan seat and most of the original parts. This still is my favourite bike for leisure riding. It is heavy but very smooth solid durable and reliable.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by Daddio on 7/10/2010 at 4:54:35 PM
I have two bikes that I can find little info on....One is a womans Schwinn Traveler 10 speed, red, original except tires in excellent shape #K429436 and a Cilo or Clio TR-1 silver blue, 10 speed bike, made in Switzerand, Weinmeinn brakes #71079, all original including tires, spring seat, etc....also in very nice shape...any idea where I can get more info on and what interest we might see from others in these bikes? Let me know..thanks..Jeff
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by Marsha on 9/3/2010 at 8:04:15 PM
I have a tan "Ward" Official Bicycle of the 1976 Olympic Games", It is a 10 speed, has dark tan seat, several Olympic tags, what is it worth?
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           Official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by Rey Perez on 1/16/2011 at 7:55:20 PM
I'm interested in getting a copy of the owner's manual for the following models EIL-80415,80416, 81415, and 81416. Does anybody knows where I can get them. I'll appreciate it. Thanks.
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          valueposted by mark on 3/27/2011 at 6:14:14 AM
i have a 1950s iverson trike, and looking to sell if possible. thanks.

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by Q9 on 3/27/2011 at 4:44:52 PM
The Iverson brand didnt really make anything of quality it was comparable to Huffy
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by jj on 3/28/2011 at 4:17:10 AM
One thing about the Iverson cycles was in the late 1960s and early 1970s George Barris (http://www.barris.com) designed a few of their bikes. For example: the Iverson Dragstripper. Barris is the guy who designed the original BatMobile, and a bunch of other cars seen on TV in that era.

You can see some Barris-inspired Iversons in the Picture Database here on OldRoads.com





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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by nik on 4/17/2011 at 7:13:18 PM
I am thinking of buying a tan 1976 olympic bike that has so wear on the chains and would like to know if there is a place I can check the serial numbers above the front wheel of it to see if it is worth anything?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by David on 4/18/2011 at 12:11:14 PM
If you think you're buying a valuable "investment" think again. If you're buying a bike to ride and it's cheap it may not be a bad deal. But the reason the chain has no wear may be because it's a terrible rider!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:official bicyle of the 1976 olympicsposted by pedro on 4/20/2011 at 8:32:12 AM
I bought a yellow Iverson 10 speed in 1975 at Best products near Dayton Ohio with my paper route money.I rode that thing 5300 miles till I crashed it. Soon after that I got my driver's license and left it to rot. My parents threw it out a few years later. I rode the Poop out of that dude! Good times!!!
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