1920s La Lionne Truss-Frame Racing Bicycle
This charming French machine has wooden wheels with old tyres, inflator pump, and a period racing jersey in its front carrier.
THE TRUSS-TUBE FRAME AS A FRENCH CYCLING ICON
Although the truss-tube frame style was patented by the American Iver Johnson company, by the 1910s the French had re-invented it as their own iconic design.
It was introduced to France when Major Taylor raced Iver Johnson bicycles in the early years of the century.
This charming 1920s postcard illustrates a woman riding a French truss-frame, with the caption ‘I send you my love from…’