AGE / VALUE:   Columbia posted by: John Berry on 5/17/2005 at 5:50:30 PM
Just picked up a ladies' Columbia, SN: N113234. The number doesn't seem to fit the pattern of the chart. Anybody got an idea how old it is? Has a Bendix kick-back hub.

AGE / VALUE:    posted by: Joel on 5/16/2005 at 3:44:38 PM
This question came up on the balloon forum and I thought someone here might have done this. Has anyone succesfully used a modern 27" or 700c tubular tire on an old 28" rim?

   RE:AGE / VALUE: posted by Warren on 5/16/2005 at 8:42:44 PM
Depends on the 28" rim. The standard canadian 28 X 1 1/2 roadster rim is identical to 700c rims. Make's it quite easy to find great tires to ride.

If your question is "Can you stretch a tire to fit a rim for which it wasn't designed?" the answer is generally no although there is usually someone who says they have done it.


   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: posted by joel on 5/17/2005 at 3:14:26 PM
I'm talking about tubular glue-on tires, not clenchers. There are some mountain bike and cyclocross tires in 700c and 27" and I'm wondering if they will fit 28" rims from the 30s and before.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: posted by sam on 5/18/2005 at 9:09:20 PM
Chris I. of Fat Tire trading post says yes they fit.
I think the problem is wideth,finding a modern wide enough for the regular 28" rims of the 20s.If your bike is a racer with narrow 28s the wide M/B tubes should work--at least I hope so I plan on using a set--sam

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: posted by joel on 5/18/2005 at 9:20:08 PM
Thanks Sam, let me know if you find a size/brand that works good. I'll do the same.


VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   A Real Eye Opener posted by: Bryant on 5/16/2005 at 10:35:49 AM
I was in Blacksburg Va. this last weekend as my son graduated from Virginia Tech. As we were walking around, we happened upon the local bike shop and went in to look around. He had quite a few older used bikes for sale and I thought 'how Neat!' Then I looked at the prices. I thought he misplaced a decimal on the tags. Bikes I would charge $60 for, he was charging $600. Okay, I figure he has to make a living at it, pay the bills and all, but what college student is going to pay $600 for an older Trek 1000, or $134 for a ladies 5 speed. I started thinking maybe I'm not charging enough but then I concluded, he was charging too much. Later that day I went to the nearby Goodwill and picked up a Raleigh Technium 440 for $4. That made me feel better.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   A Real Eye Opener posted by Gralyn on 5/17/2005 at 2:17:49 AM
I have to reply to this one!
I saw an old used bike in a bike shop - one I would usually expect to get about $35 was priced $350!!! One day I saw an old one for $50.....and I was trying to decide if I wanted to buy it or not....whether I wanted to pay that much for it....I thought and thought...and decided not to - that day.....but maybe come back later.....But then, I noticed that the price was $150 and not $50.....the "1" had almost faded off the price tag.....But then, the next day - it was gone!

I'm still keeping my eyes open for things like a Raleigh Technium. I currently have one - set-up as fixed gear - but it's really too tall for me - like a 24" frame. I need a 21 - 23 inch frame. I really haven't seen anything at all halfway decent in a long time. I spotted a Schwinn Continental and Varsity the other day - both the same color -, the continental was gone and the varsity was marked down to $4.

What I have found - on average - what I would sell for about $60 - are in bike shops for like $175.

I'm still looking out for those vintage bikes on the road - but haven't seen one yet. I've been cruising on my old Bottecchia lately. Saturday, about 6 of us took a ride (I provided the bikes) on old bikes. I rode an old 50s Hercules - it was a pretty cool ride!

   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   A Real Eye Opener posted by Bryant on 5/17/2005 at 12:02:06 PM
Sorry Gralyn, the Raleigh Technium I found is a 20in frame. Otherwise I would have asked if your willing to swap frames, I'm always looking for a good 24" frame.

   RE:RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   A Real Eye Opener posted by Kurt K. on 5/17/2005 at 3:42:18 PM
Anyone need a 25/26" (forgot which) Technium frame? No fork. Big sucker - blue.

Take care,


   RE:RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   A Real Eye Opener posted by Gralyn on 5/17/2005 at 5:01:58 PM
Unfortunately, 20" frame is too small. 21 is a little small, 23 is just a little big....22 I suppose is just right - but most of the old bikes didn't come in 22" size.

   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   A Real Eye Opener posted by nick on 6/8/2005 at 2:41:52 AM
i have a raliegh technium thats about the size youre looking for and i happen to be looking for a bottecchia myself. where are you located?

   RE:RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: A Real Eye Opener posted by Paul on 3/21/2006 at 2:24:07 AM

I have been looking for a 20 inch technium. Are you looking to sell it? What size is the top bar? What model is it? Just a frame or complete ? I recently sold one cheap I bought on ebay that was bigger than expected but I like the bike.



AGE / VALUE:   official bicyle of the 1976 olympics posted by: ray on 5/15/2005 at 12:08:44 AM
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?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   official bicyle of the 1976 olympics posted 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

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   official bicyle of the 1976 olympics posted 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.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   official bicyle of the 1976 olympics posted 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.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   official bicyle of the 1976 olympics posted 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.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: official bicyle of the 1976 olympics posted 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.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   official bicyle of the 1976 olympics posted 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.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: official bicycle of the 1976 olympics posted 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!

   RE:AGE / VALUE: official bicyle of the 1976 olympics posted 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.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   official bicyle of the 1976 olympics posted 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.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:? official bicyle of the 1976 olympics posted 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.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   official bicyle of the 1976 olympics posted by michelle on 10/13/2008 at 10:16:44 AM
My iverson 10 speed street bike is bright yellow!


AGE / VALUE:   Larz Anderson Bicycle Show related event on May 22nd posted by: Peter Naiman on 5/14/2005 at 6:33:48 PM
As an early kick off for the Larz Anderson Bicycle Show at the Museum of Transortation on Sunday, August 14th, in Brookline, Massachusetts the Museum of Transportation is hosting it's annual Italian Car Day on Sunday May 22nd and is hosting a Concour of Vintage Italian bicycles and motorcycles as a part of this scheduled event. To find more information about this event please click on the link below to the events calendar for the Museum schedule of events.

Peter Naiman
Shorewood, WI