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fix this bike for my neighbor or tell him to trash it(3 posts)

fix this bike for my neighbor or tell him to trash itmaximum15
Aug 11, 2002 2:45 PM
One of my neighbors brought a bike over last night with hopes that I would rebuild it for him. It weighs a ton and doesn't seem worth the effort to me, but I thought I should ask the board if what he has might have collector value. It is an Iverson Decathlon with "official bicycle of the 1976 olympics" badges in a number of places. I would assume the vintage to be ~1976. Trash or treasure?
Nothing specialWalter
Aug 11, 2002 4:43 PM
Though it might be special to your neighbor, sentiment can be strong.

Olympic marketing, though nothing like today, was pretty strong back in 1976 too so there were lots of things with "official" decalled all over them. I've never heard of collectible Iversons but I'm not omniscient. What kind of components?

It comes down to how attached your neighbor is to it and how good a friend he is. Old friction shifters are pretty easy to work on, as are threaded headsets, etc. The only potential fly in the ointment would be cottered cranks, something I truly despise and there are fewer and fewer wrenches with the arcane knowledge of efficient cotter pin removal.
Did a searchWalter
Aug 11, 2002 5:09 PM
The Iverson name was sticking in my mind. Iverson's were marketed pretty heavily in Canada and the 76 Olympics were in Montreal as I recall. Company was controlled by "Stelber" which also had the better known, in the 70s, marque of Austro-Daimler. Iverson "muscle-bikes" (like Schwinn StingRay, Raleigh Chopper, etc) have some following but no mention of roadbikes at all. Makes my guess of minimal value seem more likely.