1927ish Iver Johnson 90b track racer


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anders1

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Other distinguishing features of the 90b, which make the bike unique is that it only came with a 21 or 23” seat mast, diomand frame only, and a threaded BB.
 

anders1

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Whoops...Shoulda read the post a little more closely. Nice collection btw.
Iverider it’s cool you are joining in. This has been a great discussion with some really good guys. You know, I am just learning most of this stuff myself since I’ve acquired the 90b. Thanks to all the guys posting on this thread, and the research we have all posted. Maybe we are all learning a little bit. I must admit, that 90% or more of my knowledge has come from private conversations with @Handyman . I have been bugging him for information and his opinion since I have acquired the bike. He has been gracious and very willing to share his knowledge without hesitation. So he and the rest of you are greatly appreciated..... Lots of interesting racing info and pics!
 

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A cool shot from 1925. I spot at least 3 Major Taylor stems, and I believe that is an Iver Racer 2nd bike from the top. Notice the full nickel head tube and fork, also straight fork crown. Pretty cool race car in the background as well.
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anders1

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Well I was able to locate the correct straight pattern style seat post, along with an original Brooks B15 saddle. Both would have come with the bike originally. The saddle is in excellent shape. Because it’s a full restoration project, I will do some “minor” leather rejuvenation and dye the saddle to look like new. Also picked up an original chain in near mint condition. I think I have located a super nice set of US Special Racer Tubular tires as well. So one piece at a time it’s coming together. Still haven’t had the time to take the frame in for repair and paint. I have to drive about 2 1/2 hours to the guys shop in San Diego, but hopefully soon.
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The adjustable "round" stem was used by several racers.
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Taylor has been credited for the square tubing (as seen below) preventing the bars from twisting on the stem. I think this was developed at the end or after his racing career (I'd love to see a photo of him with this set up).
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I was told many years ago about these stems and that Taylor engaged an English factory to make and produce them. The Mfg company's letters are stamped on the bottom.
 
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anders1

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The adjustable "round" stem was used by several racers. View attachment 882072
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Taylor has been credited for the square tubing (as seen below) preventing the bars from twisting on the stem. I think this was developed at the end or after his racing career (I'd love to see a photo of him with this set up).
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I was told many years ago about these stems and that Taylor engaged an English factory to make and produce them. The Mfg company's letters are stamped on the bottom.
This bike is claimed to have belonged to MT. I believe it is a French racer? Notice the diomand shape Taylor stem. Inventing this diomand top tube late in his career, I assume there will be very few pics of him with this example. Anyone watching, post a pic of MT with this style stem if you find one.
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anders1

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I believe this is the same bike : ( fork crown! )

The great Sam MacVea is the handler for Major Taylor in this photo.

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That is really a great photo! Always such determination in Taylor’s demeanor, and his handler as well. Check out the rider on the far left looking around, as MT is focused on that first turn.
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