DESIGNS: TRUSS-BRIDGE FRAMES / ARCH BARS

Iver Johnson introduced the distinctive Truss Bridge frame in America in 1901. The patent lasted for 14 years, after which other US companies brought out their own similar designs, usually described as an Arch Bar.

World champion racing cyclist Major Taylor rode Iver Johnson bicycles. When he raced in France in the early 1900s, he used an Iver Johnson Truss Bridge, and the style caught on there. Labor became the French license holder for this design, and various French companies made their own versions until the late 1920s.

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Items in this Collection

1904 Columbia 28″ Cushion Arch-bar Chainless Roadster with Hartford Tire Coaster Brake

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1910 Terrot Truss-bridge

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1910s Labor Truss-bridge Road Racer

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1910s le Cadre ‘Special Labor’ Truss Bridge Racer

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1910s le Cadre ‘Special Labor’ Truss Bridge Road Racer

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1915 Miami Hudson Arch bar

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1917 Iver Johnson Cushion Truss Frame Track Racer

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1917 RED WING ARCH BAR VIDEO

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1917 Red Wing Truss Bridge (Archbar) Bicycle (Westfield Columbia)

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1918 Iver Johnson Truss Bridge

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1919 Haverford Black Beauty ‘Pacer’ Arch bar

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1920 le Cadre ‘Special Labor’ Truss Bridge Racer

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1920s ‘Chatellerault’ Truss-Bridge Road Racer

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1920s ‘Cycles J.H’ Truss-bridge Road Racer

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1920s Columbia Archbar

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1920s Cycles Labor

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1920s Garrouste Truss-bridge Road Racer

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1920s La Lionne Truss-Frame Racing Bicycle

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1920s le Cadre ‘Special Labor’ Truss Bridge Racer

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1920s Recta Truss-bridge Road Racer

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1920s Rexor Truss-bridge Road Racer

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1920s Royal Codrix Truss-bridge Road Racer

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1920s Terrot Truss Bridge Bicycle

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1920s Truss Bridge Roadster

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1923 Iver Johnson Truss-Bridge

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FRAME STYLES

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PATENT WARS: TRUSS TUBE v ARCH BAR

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