The Huffy Radio Bike
- Photos, Service, and History -
Photo courtesy of G. Farmer - www.gifarmer.com
Click on photos below to view a larger picture.
The Huffy Radio Bike Was manufactured in 1955 and 1956 by the Huffman Manufacturing Co. of Dayton Ohio. Around 8,500 bicycles were produced.
They were available in Flamboyant Red with white & black trim, Flamboyant Blue with white & black trim, and Flamboyant Green with white & black trim. The red radio bikes were the prominent survivors. The 1955 model had a front fender mounted headlamp while the 1956 version was equipped with a front carrier.
The Radio Bike was the ultimate Christmas gift for any boy in 1955. It would still be my ultimate present fifty eight years later.
The three vacuum tube radio built into the tank was designed and manufactured for Huffy by the Yellow Springs Instrument Company, Ohio.
In 1990 Hardy Trollander one of the founders of YSI provided a hand drawn schematic of the radio.
The Huffy Radio Bike radio was powered by a battery pack located on the rear carrier. The antenna was clamped to the down tube of the bike.
The radio could tune the entire AM band. The radio bike was available as a single speed (Model 2612) or could be equipped with a Bendix two speed rear hub with coaster brake (Model 2610) as an option.