Tank Bicycles

Tank bicycles were introduced around 1933. They were developed because of the decline in bicycle sales during the great depression. Tank bikes were built to be sturdy and resilient, and to resemble motorcycles. These cruisers even had faux gas tanks, hence the nickname. After the war tank bikes boomed in popularity. These new heavier frames and wider tires were popular with paper boys and delivery persons. Sales fell off in the late 1950’s when racing bikes became more popular.

Tank bicycles made a comeback in 1995 when Schwinn re-released the Black Phantom to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary. Since then they have become a hot item for collectors and cyclists. Some owners personalize their cruiser by having their tank custom painted. Some are restored to their original color and pin striping. Tank bicycles definitely have character and are still some of the most sought after collector’s items on the market.

PRE WAR HUFFMAN FRAME PARTS NO STEER TUBE HOLES WRAP AROUND LONG TANK AIRFLYTE
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MOTORIZED BICYCLE Frame High Performance Racing Black Color W Built In Gas Tank
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MOTORIZED BICYCLE Frame High Performance with Built In Gas Tank Motorize bicycle
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MOTORIZED BICYCLE Frame High Performance with Built In Gas Tank Motorize bicycle
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Vintage Athlete Head BadgeBallon Tire BicycleCruiser BikeTank
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Reinforced Bicycle gas frame with fule tank24L frame and headset Blue color
Reinforced Bicycle gas frame with fule tank24L frame and headset Blue color

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Reinforced Bicycle gas frame with fule tank24L frame and headset Brushed Alum
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OLD VINTAGE SCHWINN BICYCLE TANK BIKE PART ORIG PAINT 17 1 2 COLLECTIABLE
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2L Gas Tank W Cap Petcock 05 Gallon 66 60 49cc Engine Motorized Bicycle
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DIY 2 STROKE 66CC 80CC MOTORIZED BIKE KIT WITH 29 RED GAS TANK BICYCLE
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COMPLETE DIY 2 STROKE 66CC 80CC MOTORIZED BICYCLE KIT WITH 29 RED GAS TANK BIKE
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Vintage RatRod Delta Torpedo Fender LIGHT LED Schwinn DX Tank Bike Elgin Bicycle
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Vintage Delta Torpedo Fender LIGHT LED Prewar Schwinn Tank Bike Shelby Bicycle
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Vintage 1955 J C Higgins Girls 26 Tank Rack Bicycle
Vintage 1955 J C Higgins Girls 26 Tank  Rack Bicycle

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Vintage Hawthorne Bicycle1950s Boys 24 Tank Rack Bicycle
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TROXEL 11 X 9 CRASH RAIL SEAT FROM MENS CWC ROADMASTER LUXURY LINER TANK BIKE
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VINTAGE BICYCLE COLUMBIA THUNDERBOLT TANK w HORN MOUNTING CLIP
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SCHWINN HORN FOR PEANUT TANK CANTILEVER BEACH CRUISER 26 BICYCLE
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Vintage Black 4 Slot Tank Bicycle Rear Rack Luggage Rack Retro Cruiser
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Well Made Vintage Red 9 Hole Tank Bicycle Rear Rack Luggage Rack Schwinn Etc
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Monark Super Deluxe Firestone Supercruiser Mens 26 Bicycle Tank
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Board Track Racer replica Bicycle oil tank
Board Track Racer replica Bicycle oil tank

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Various styles of lightweight as well as middleweight bicycles were made from the 1930’s to the 1980’s. These bicycles have helped to make bicycles what they are today. Today these bicycles are known as vintage bikes, due to these tank bicycles are no longer made. Tank bicycles made with small tanks that were fitted in the middle of the bicycle.

There were many variations of these tanks depending on the manufacturer that produced them. These tank bicycles were made differently for each gender, mostly coming in either blue or red in color. Many tanks also featured radios, horns, and batteries that were connected by a wire that ran from the headlight that was located on the front of the bike to run the radio and horn.