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Schwinn Hornet- 1955


For the first half of the 20th century, an “American bicycle” had balloon tires, a single speed, a rear coaster brake, and was designed to appeal to children too young to drive a car.


Schwinns were prized for their quality, which included a high level of finish and legendary durability, with a lifetime frame warranty. The more elaborate models, such as the Hornet, were styled to resemble motorcycles, including a false tank with horn and headlight. This bicycle came in three sizes 20, 24, and 26 inches and in both boy and girl models. A luggage carrier was available on the 26-inch models only.



Designer/builder: Arnold, Schwinn & Company

Country of Origin: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Weight: 20865g/ 46lbs.