Arch & Truss Bar Bicycles, A Catalog Of Information

Discussion in 'Antique Bicycles Pre-1933' started by bricycle, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. #1 Posted Feb 22, 2016

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    I know Arch/Truss bars were also made after 1933, but the majority were earlier.
    >Drop bar (Camel back)~ drops near saddle for ease of mounting. (not what I wish here)
    >Arch (basically double arch)~ dual curved/bent top tubes
    >Truss bar~ a straight or dropped upper top tube connected in some means with a lower curved or bent tube.

    Manufacturers / Brands
    Columbia
    Davis Sewing Machine - Dayton, Harley
    Dayton - Victor
    Great Western - Adlake, Crown
    Haverford - Black Beauty Pacer
    Hendee-Indian
    H.P. Snyder - Rollfast
    Iver Johnson
    Mead
    Miami
    Rollfast
    Schwinn - Excelsior, Henderson, The World
    Sears & Roebuck - King
    Simmons - Westminster
    Victor
    Westfield - Cleveland, Crescent, Jewel, Pope, Rambler, Seminole, Tribune

    Anyone with comments as to dates made, other manufacturers, of informative nature or images feel free to post, but please no other comments. This will be an informative thread only. Thank you. :D
     
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    Great western manufacturing had the crown archbar.
     
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    Davis sewing machine.
    Harley, Dayton's....ect
     
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    This is what you're referring to,right Bri? An arch bar frame, not a truss frame. Tho I believe this Westfield built bike is later than '33,correct?
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    This one is a late 30s early 40s style built by Westfield
     
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    Great Western Manufacturing Co image.jpg
    Mid to late Teens Crown Archbar
     
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    Well, if we're including truss frames, I'll post my Great Western built '16 Adlake project.

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  9. #9 Posted Feb 22, 2016

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    1918 ish Excelsior Schwinn w/ some liberties.

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    Snyder also made an arch bar. This is from a 1932 Rollfast catalog. image.png
     
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    Here's a Black Beauty offered in the 1919 Haverford Cycle Co. catalog. IMG_3503.JPG
     
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    My 1920 Columbia. This style produced from 1917 to 1932 by Westfield/Columbia. They later made a Ballooner with a different style frame they called an Arch Bar but this is the style we are all talking about here.


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    image.jpg Here is a hardware store arch bar
    Simmons Westminster 810
    Unique construction. I haven't seen too many think this. 1918
     
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    The infamous Iver Johnson Patent from 1901

    24588214253_65840082de_c.jpg USD35391-0 by VW Sightings, on Flickr

    and the first Catalog sighting in 1902

    16767497066_3c629ceb65_c.jpg IJ_1902_6_7 by VW Sightings, on Flickr
     
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    This is getting good, keep 'em coming!! :)
     
  16. #16 Posted Feb 24, 2016

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    Pertaining to different truss styles. The Iver Truss with "I" beam support. One of 3 different styles . Hopefully you can see that it's actually 2 pieces sandwiched together.

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    A little tube between the bars, and then the blended tubes

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    Here's a Photo I found on Zazdatabaz Flickr Page.

    23996242936_4bcbbc420c_c.jpg Zalbum by Zaz Von Schwinn, on Flickr
     
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    Cool photo!!!
     
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    image.jpg That old photo is very interesting. Sears and Roebuck "victor" made by Davis. Found this ad. When new the Victor was offered in a diamond frame. Photo shows a change in design. Very cool.
    Old photos can tell the true story sometimes. (Middle bicycle, not King, victor) the king was the arch bar. Cool that's for sharing.
     
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