You always remember your first time... 1916 Iver Roadster

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Duchess

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Feb 14, 2014
584
Beverly, MA
Looks Great! Road or special racer? Are those the CB Italia wheels? Amsterdam Electra tires? Leaning toward keeping originals as is and getting some vintage hubs to lace new wood to
1912 Special Racer. CB Italia "vintage" finish IIRC, and Linus tires. I wanted something with a smooth tread that would look era-appropriate and these were what I found. They were absolute hell to get onto the rims. I don't know if it was the tires or rims that made it difficult, but I don't recommend the combination. They ride well, though, if it gets a flat, I may just not ride it again instead of wrestling and swearing and throwing tire levers and swearing some more.

These bikes were really well made and the quality shows even over 100 years later. All up with the heavier modern wheels (and maybe the bag, I can't remember), it weighs about 28 lbs.
 
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dasberger

Look Ma, No Hands!
Nov 1, 2019
49
43
ATL
So I was finally able to get going on this one... I stripped the non original fenders, basket and chain guard as well as the old front tire that was hanging. All into a box to sort out later. Here's some pics and some of what I uncovered....

On the bench

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Seat post marked Iver Johnson

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Morrow rear...

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Front Hub no marks. Maker? IJ?

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That OG Green!

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I thought the rims were black! Looks like American Wood Wheel Co. Color "H4"

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Last week....

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This Week!

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I was able to get everything hubs spin freely, brake works, bottom bracket spins smooth although there is a little wobble in the chainring. After discovering the original pinstripes in the rims coupled with the screw holes in both front and rear I've decided to leave the wheels as is. Possibly get a set of display tires down the road and build a new set of wheels. Looking to do vintage hubs laced to new wood.

Fenders are pretty jacked so I'm going to leave them off until I can find someone to roll them or better yet find a set of early flat Iver fenders...

So parts I know I need:

6.5" IJ left crank arm and lock washer/nut

Left Pedal or a set

Set of Hubs... Pre date code Morrow rear coaster, IJ or similar to my original 36h

Let me know what you guys have laying around!
 
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dasberger

Look Ma, No Hands!
Nov 1, 2019
49
43
ATL
Now that the holidays are over I had a chance to keep working on the roadster....

Been gathering parts. Thanks to all the fellow CABERS who rummaged their parts bins and basements to help me out!

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(Jeweled pedals for another project)

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Look at that... A full crankset and two pedals!

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Added an oval stamped B-17 not sure exactly how old it is but it's got the patina to match. The Mesinger that was on it wasn't original either so I figured I would throw it on for now. Troxel Moto bike #31 would have been regular equipment but some others were optional. (Not the brooks B-15 as it specifically states in the catalog) B-15 Was standard on the racers but some B-17's seem to have ended up on racers as well.

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Leather wrapped Birch grips to match the Brooks. Was trying to find a pair of stubby leather bulldog grips but was only able to find an original pair that I don't think would hold up to riding. Would rather have a pair of repop if somebody has a pair.

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So close! Now all I need to do is clean these bad boys and lace 'em to some new wood hoops! Decided to buy these keep original hoops and hubs for display... Pre date code Morrow rear the same as mine...

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