Vintage 3 Speed English Bicycles


Iverson 3 Speed

I picked this up a few days ago as a gift/payment for a young lady that looks after the pets when we’re away. I offered cash or a bike. She chose a bike.P1190189.JPG

This is a made in Japan Iverson 3 speed with a Sturmey Archer hub and shifter. Hub is dated 3/72. Research tells me that Iverson is not a well respected brand but I think those remarks refer to their 10 speeds. The paint and decals are in good shape. This one will get the usual rebuild with some new tires/pads and cables. I’m sure it will be a good commuter.

Progress photos to follow.P1190196.JPG


Below are two more similar bikes on Kijiji Toronto. Both of these appear to have a Shimano 3 speed hub. I can assume that mine was retro fitted with the SA hub at some point over the last 45 years.

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4 responses

  1. Syke

    Back in the day, Iverson was the absolute lowest, big-box-store piece of junk you could buy. And yes, that was their ten-speeds. Which were their three-speeds with a change to the bars, brake levers and rear gearing.

    I’m surprised this bike has a Sturmey-Archer hub, rather than the usual Shimano 333 found on all cheap bikes at the time. I’m guessing this means they had a (somewhat) higher priced line than what I remember seeing back then. For starters, this bike has a riveted head badge. I’ve never seen an Iverson with anything but a sticky foil head badge.

    To give an idea of how cheap they were, in 1973 a Raleigh Record or Schwinn Varsity sold for $100.00. An Iverson 10-speed sold for $60.00.

    August 15, 2017 at 6:48 am

    • The SA hub may have been installed afterwards. I’ve stripped the bike down and it’s very much a Raleigh clone.The chromed parts are not the same quality as their British counterparts. I bought a bike (10 speed) in 1974 for about a $100.00 at Sears.

      August 15, 2017 at 8:51 am

  2. I think these at least some of these Iversons from Japan are made by Fuji. My evidence is from the Wikipedia page about Fuji bikes, which says, “Toshoku America sold private-label Fuji-made bicycles as house brands through U.S. retailers such as Sears & Roebuck and Montgomery Wards.”

    Also, as I was cleaning my Iverson 3-Speed, I noticed that the seat bolt has the Fuji logo stamped on it.

    September 6, 2018 at 12:01 pm

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