Torrington Major Taylor Lauterwasser Racing Handlebar: 1920's 1930's Path Racer - Lux Chrome Steel - VERY RARE (Near Mint!)
These Torrington 1920's or 30's racing drop "Lauterwasser" bars that appears to be the ORIGINAL of what the Soma Major Taylor bars are copying! Very similar curves, angles, and short drop flats. There is a "T" engraved near the drilled hole at the end of the right side bar end, the mark of the Torrington company. I'm not sure why they drill the hole, but it's on all their bars.
The finish on these is a bit unique, and appears nicer than other bars of the era. It's a high shine chrome, that has a bronze-ish tint to it. The tint is consistent throughout, and appears to be unique to the original chroming process.
Lauterwasser bars were the creation of cyclist John Lauterwasser in abouts the 1920's. It's a German name, and is traditionally pronounced "Lot-Ta-Vassa". John was born in London, and he pronounced it "lorda-was-suh". These bars became famous on 1930's path racers by the names of Iver Johnson and his Truss bike, the Raleigh Golden arrow, and many others. They were essentially track bikes with wide tires for racing on a dirt path
Exceptional near mint show worthy condition! These are the nicest unrestored (this is the original chrome) antique bars I've seen. Chrome is lovely and clear, with only a few VERY minor wear spots. The only real pitting is on the last inch of the left bar end. The very end of the same left side is cut a bit unevenly. A grip will cover this all nicely. Clamp area is near perfect. Better than good enough for any museum quality show bike!
- Width: 38.5cm (c-c at end of bars)
- Drop: ~146mm
- Clamp: 25mm