|1899 IVER JOHNSON
MODEL 50 GENTLEMAN'S HIGH GRADE ROADSTER
This is an 1899 Men's Iver Johnson Model 50 Gentleman's high grade safety roadster in absolutely beautiful and untouched original
condition. Serial #62026 is stamped under the bottom bracket. This bike was purchased from an estate sale in Maine from the original
owners family and had sat untouched in the attic of their home for generations. After purchasing the bike and wheeling it out to my
truck, I was approached by the granddaughter of the original owner (pic below) who would tell me stories of playing with the bike in
the attic as a young child.........she said, "it was just always there". The bike is painted in Iver Johnson green, with double gold hairline
striping and still retains most all of its original paint. This 24" Men's diamond frame roadster is resting on its original set of 28"
painted wood wheels with a good portion of the original paint intact. The bike retains its original set of turn of the century barrel style
hubs having a 36 spoke rear, and 32 spoke front. Also present are the original Iver Johnson rat trap pedals, handlebars with cork
grips, Hunt men's saddle and coaster pegs. Finishing off that great TOC look is an Old Sol carbide lamp up front. It is interesting to
note that the Iver Johnson company imported 1 1/8" weldless steel tubing direct from England for these roadsters while using all
flush joints and drop forged connections in their construction. Because of the incredibly long rest this bicycle had, somewhat
forgotten and sitting comfortably in its attic retreat, it remains a superbly preserved original paint example of an unmolested TOC Iver
Johnson men's roadster.
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