Colson Commander Bicycle

The Colson Commander bicycle was a hallmark of the 1930s. This vintage bicycle model was produced from 1931 to 1940. It was originally manufactured by the Colson Corporation based in Elyria, Ohio. This company sold a range of bicycles from 1917 to 1953, when it sold its bicycle division to the Evans Product Company. The bikes were then marketed under the name Evans-Colson, and later simply Evans. The company continue selling bicycles until 1962.

The prolific industrial designer Wilbur Henry Adams is responsible for creating the unique appearance of the Colson Commander bicycle. The bike's curves and body shape are reminiscent of the Art Deco movement that was popular in the early half of the 20th century. This artistic movement was known for its combination of style and function, and was used in architecture and visual arts.

Although some minor changes were made to newer makes during the model's run, the Colson Commander bicycle is recognizable for specific elements that form its body. The bike features an aluminum body with sizable chrome-plated fenders and a chain guard that covers the top half of the chain and sprocket. An enclosed tank at the front of the bike holds a battery to power the torpedo-style headlight positioned on the front fender. Commanders from the mid-1930s feature two pieces of metal tubing that seem to create a continuous loop that supports the wheels, handlebars and seat. Hubcaps, spring saddles and styles made specifically for women were also offered during this classic bicycle's run.