1939 Iver Johnson Ladies Bicycles

This Iver Johnson balloon tire bike, is as original as they get! This bike looks nearly brand new. It has not been restored in any way. The tires are even the original Vitalic brand. Notice the immitation wood-grain painted rims, a feature unique to Iver Johnson bicycles. The dash-board, which contains a speedometer and a clock is only found on bicycles built by Westfield (Columbia), but very often dealerships would add accessories to bicycles at the buyers request, or to help sell a bike. The owner of the bike, Mike Lyonais bought it from a family who had owned it since new. The bike was originally sold by the Pal Bike Shop in Detroit Michigan and still has its original dealer decal on the seat tube to prove it. What a great find!


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  1. Dave
    I have restored a similar Iver Johnson girls bicycle and I have tied a skirt guard for it. Both bikes have the skirt guard hooked through a hole in the frame instead of some sort of piece attached to the axle. Do you have any info about these “rings”? It is hard to tell from the pictures just what was used on the beautiful bike on your site.
    I want to tie another skirt guard for my bike and I can not find the white and black cord used on the bike in the pictures. This is the kind of cord that was used on my bike – there was just a few shreds left hangin on the bike when I found it.

    • Rich, most manufacturers used string-laced skirt guards up to the late 1930′s, and they all had variations on how they attached them near the axle. Some had a loop that was part of the fender braces, others had a separate piece that was screwed to the frame or pinched between the axle nuts. To determine exactly what you need, you’ll have to look at original bikes of the same make and year as what you have. As far as I know, no-one has documented details about the type of ring or lacing patter and colors, so you’d be a pioneer if you were to undertake this task!

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