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The 1898 Ladies Iver-Johnson has been sold to the same gentleman in Switzerland that  now has a total of 32 of my restorations in his possession. My understanding is that, upon his retirement a few years down the road, he will open up his full collection of antique bicycles for public viewing in a museum he is creating in his home village. He reminded me in the note attached to his wire transfer of the funds for this purchase that it was another Iver-Johnson bicycle, a men's roadster,  that was his first from me, 7 years ago.

While I am extremely grateful for his enthusiasm for my work I am, at the same time,  saddened that so many of them have landed in a foreign country and not here in our country where all of them were manufactured some 100 plus years ago. In answer to comments I've heard from a few Wheelmen members over the years that these restored bikes might better serve our associations goals if they remained in the our country; I would respond that most, if not all, of the bicycle that went to Switzerland were first offered for sale here in the U.S. either at bicycle shows, on the internet, on our own web-site, or at The Copake Bicycle Auction and their Friday swap meet. The prices I put on my restorations reflect my material costs, my labor, and my costs for nickel plating, and when required, replacement rims, spokes, some accessories, and occasionally a saddle restoration . I restore old bikes as a hobby, certainly not as a business; thus I really cannot afford sell thing at a loss. Without my patron in Switzerland I'm afraid I'd have to find something else to fiddle with in my retirement. 

If the last photo in the group is of the actual seller I'd be very wary and I'd caution against  believing one word that he writes in the ad. I know this guy and  the last thing I heard about him he was lying about Mexico paying for some hare brained project he had dreamed up down by our southern border about which Mexico told him to take a hike; so guess what?  Now he's asking me to pay for it.......Really? 

Posted on my local Treasure Coast - Florida Craigslist page:
Up for sale is one of my recently restored bicycles which I purchased from member Glenn Eames late last year. Aside from materials and services from outside sources: Saddle restoration, nickel plating, spokes and nipples, oil headlamp, and brass tire pump; I have over 85 hours in the process.  In younger days I probably could have done the work in 70 hours but might not have enjoyed the process as much.
I have it priced at $4,200. but am certainly open to reasonable offers by a fellow Wheelmen member.

Happily the bicycle was sold on January 31st to a fellow Wheelman.

Yes, it is the same bike exactly as pictured and described. I tried to simply bring the original post back up with the new lowered price but the new system seems to not have a way to do so, or at least one I could figure out. If you have any questions about the bike or would like additional pictures you can email me directly at:


Board for buying and selling Wheelmen goods and services. / PRICE REDUCTION
« on: December 24, 2018, 01:50:38 PM »
The price for this fully restored 1897 Ladies Pope/Columbia listed for sale here on December 7th has been reduced to $3,000.  It is a ridable showpiece, restored to a very high standard.

Hello Wayne,  Just read your post but sadly I cannot help you in your quest for New Jersey built bicycles.  However, seeing you name here reminded me that when we spoke last April at Copake you told me about a Flea Market type event in central Florida that takes place twice each year; you were also kind enough to follow up with an email giving me the details.  As has happened to me once before, my laptop suddenly "blue screened" and all of that information is now somewhere in cyberspace.  Would you be so kind as to re-send that information to me.  We are now permanent resident's of Florida, with a home in Sebastian on the east coast,  and would love to enjoy a day at one or both of these events. Perhaps we could even arrange to meet at one if you are intending to attend.  My email address is the same as always:
Hoping all is well with you;


For sale: a recently completed full restoration of a 28" ladies TOC Pope-Columbia bicycle. Restored by; Time Machines Limited during the fall of 2018.  The frame and fork are finished in dark green ( 65% black ) sprayed enamel - hand rubbed between coats and and then polished with progressively finer 3M polishing compounds to a soft luster appropriate for the bikes age.  All brightwork has be re-nickel plated, the rims and rear fender were made by Noah Stutzman, rims replaced with Stainless steel double butted spokes with new nickel plate nipples. The bike is a fixed gear model with appropriate rear axel threaded mounting peg and the front fork is fitted with adjustable nickel plated coaster pegs. A period correct Lucas Nicke plated brass carbide lamp is attached with an extended neck mounting bracket. The rear fender skirt guard and chain guard are laced with tea-tied parachute cordage. The frame and fork are hand pin striped in gold-leaf enamel.  The front wheel compression hand brake functions perfectly, the original Pope Columbia pedal have be re-nickeled and fit with new reproduction Columbia rubbers. The leather wrapped hand grips are the originals and in excellent condition. The original block chain is slightly stretched but still has a way to go before it would need to be replaced.  As found, the bikes head badge, while still attached, had split vertically; it has been repaired using epoxy which provided a strong bond however the irregular seam can still be seen.  I've got "feelers" out trying to find an original badge but thus far none has surfaced.  While the bicycle is restored to show / museum quality it is also a reliable rider being equipped with rims fit with an internal full diameter aluminum insert made with a profile to accept, and lock in place, a modern 28"- (700 x 40c ) tire that can be inflated to between 60 and 70 psi.  The tires I chose are period correct all-creme color with no sidewall stripe or logo imprint. The tread pattern while not period correct is not obtrusive and actually look pretty good.  The rims were carefully ( and tediously ) finely pin striped in a black; and like the rear fender are finished with many coats of hand rubbed clear coat. Finally,  there is frame mounted functioning polished brass high quality tire pump.   

The price for this bike has been lowered 25 percent  to  $3,000.00. Shipping is available to anyplace on the planet via  My charge for disassembly and careful packaging of the bike for shipment is $200.00.  There is also the option of customer pick here in Sebastian, Florida.

I'd be happy to provide specific detailed pictures to prospective purchasers who will include their email address with their request.

I'm looking (to purchase) a head badge for a Pope-Columbia Model No. 41 -  ladies 28" bicycle.  Estimated date of manufacture: 1899.  If you have one for sale or know of someone that does please email me directly at:

General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Re: New strings?
« on: November 23, 2018, 11:50:33 AM »

 My suggestion is to use nylon parachute cordage which is available at a variety crafts stores.  I have purchased it at both " Hobby Lobby" and "Michaels" but I'm sure it can be found at other retail outlets.  You can also find the small brass eyelets you'll need at these outlets.  For the parachute cordage I uses the thinnest diameter of the 2 sizes available which is approximately 1/6" or just  very slightly larger.   While it is available in a few different colors, none of which accurately replicate the original cordage used around the turn of the century which I believe was linen, I settled on the white variety which I then dye to suit my taste by soaking the cordage in a pot of either hot tea or coffee.  I find the tea method a bit easier and less messy since all you need is a half dozen teabags and a pot of boiling water.  I let the cordage soak for a half hour and then remove it and let it dry overnight.  I would disagree with using fishing line as it is much thinner than what was originally found on these ladies bicycles.  I've seen so many nice restorations of these ladies pneumatic safeties at shows, and even at museums, that miss perfection by using the wrong cordage on the rear fender skirt guarding as well as on the bike's chain-guard. 

I'm terribly sorry folks, when I posted the note about the Parker Bros. bicycle on ebay it had only a short time left to run.  I re-listed it the following day ( with a lower starting bid ) and did not realize that ebay assigns a new number to re-listed ads.

I have an ad running on Ebay for one of my restored bicycles, it's got 2 days to run but I will renew it if unsold.
Access the ad by simply typing in the number:  11326351553 in the search window.

Dick Rath

Time Machines, LTD.
Phone:  518-339-7867

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