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Iver Johnson - Solid and Stolid; A gathering place for dating IJ bicycles
1916 Truss Bridge Roadster #261198. After some discussion about whether the 300,000th bike was made in 1916 I do feel this is the correct year for this serial. In 1914/15 the roadsters arch was attached to the top tube by a small piece of tubing. The special racers were not but they had a nickel head. Open to further discussion if anyone has any other thoughts....
I think you're right on about the Model and build date on that 1916 Truss Frame Roadster. I also own a 1916 "Truss Bridge Roadster" (see link) but in the catalog mine is simply called a "Roadster" in the 1916 catalog yours is called a "Truss Bridge Roadster". Yours has the "snowflake" chainring, "blended" top truss, and full nickel fork, and mine has the more common "star" chainring, "I Beam" top truss, and painted fork. I believe the IJ Company realized in 1916 that the two bikes were very close and may even cause some confusion to customers, so in future catalogs, your model evolved into their "Superior Truss" offering. In any case, one great looking Iver. Pete in Fitchburg http://boulderartgallery.com/Iver_Johnson_Bicycle_Collection/IverJohnson_Page_17.html
Time to bump up this thread, since Iver Johnson just made a believer of me. 1941 Iver Johnson Super MoBike. Thanks to several Cabers whom I purchased parts from and got information from. Bike was nice and pretty complete and has been on here before. I went through it, corrected a few things
and added some period parts (and $ and time) to bring it up a notch. These bikes must be the best kept secret out there, because they ride amazing and built like a tank. Now I know what you guys on this thread have known all along !