Hiawatha bicycle

The Hiawatha bicycle brand was originally sold by the Gambles Hardware chain and were popular from the late 1930s to the 1960s. The bikes were primarily manufactured by the Chicago Welding Company or the Shelby Manufacturing Company, although some were made by the Murray and Huffman companies. (Huffman later evolved into the popular bicycle brand of Huffy.)

Hiawatha bicycles were primarily touring bikes, designed for comfort on long-distance road trips, with their heavy frames, fat tires, and fat seats. While the Hiawatha bicycle name may not be as well-known as some of the other brands from that era, they are still highly collectible, prized by post-war bicycle collectors. Because there were produced in lower numbers than some other brands, they are difficult to find, especially in prime condition. Perhaps the most collectible bike from this brand is the late 1930s Arrow model, which was manufactured by Shelby. Its extreme styling was similar to Shelby's Airflow model.

Vintage Montgomery Wards Hawthorne Rear Rack Balloon Elgin Hiawatha Shelby 50s
Vintage Montgomery Wards Hawthorne Rear Rack Balloon Elgin Hiawatha Shelby 50s

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10 X 7 BLACK PINK MINIBIKE SEAT MINI BIKE SCOOTER HIAWATHA HILLCAT HAP JONES
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10 x 7 BLACK GREEN MINIBIKE SEAT SCOOTER CHOPPER MINI BIKE HERTERS HIAWATHA
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RARE Antique Collectable Vintage Shelby Hiawatha Bicycle Eagle
RARE Antique Collectable Vintage Shelby Hiawatha Bicycle Eagle

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antique HIAWATHA bicycle HEAD BADGE tag
antique HIAWATHA bicycle HEAD BADGE tag

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NOS SCHWINN ELGIN COLSON HIAWATHA NEW DEPARTURE DD 2 SPEED FINGER LEVER
NOS SCHWINN ELGIN COLSON HIAWATHA NEW DEPARTURE DD 2 SPEED FINGER LEVER

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Vintage CWC Straight Bar Frame Hiawatha Roadmaster Luxury Liner
Vintage CWC Straight Bar Frame Hiawatha Roadmaster Luxury Liner

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Rare pre war 1930s complete original fully functional Hiawatha bike
Rare pre war 1930s complete original fully functional Hiawatha bike

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ANTIQUE HIAWATHA VINTAGE BICYCLEShelby Gambles Hiawatha Mens Bicycle 1940s
ANTIQUE HIAWATHA VINTAGE BICYCLEShelby Gambles Hiawatha Mens Bicycle 1940s

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Hawthorne Bicycle Light bike prewar postwar Hiawatha western flyer airflo
Hawthorne Bicycle Light bike prewar postwar Hiawatha western flyer airflo

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14 x 7 BLACK YELLOW MINIBIKE SEAT SCOOTER CHOPPER MINI BIKE HERTERS HIAWATHA
14 x 7 BLACK YELLOW MINIBIKE SEAT SCOOTER CHOPPER MINI BIKE HERTERS HIAWATHA

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Schwinn Murray JC Higgins Gambles Hiawatha Rear Rack Carrier Baskets
Schwinn Murray JC Higgins Gambles Hiawatha Rear Rack Carrier Baskets

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Hiawatha Gambles Sidewinder Girls Bike Bicycle 60s Retro Schwinn Space Vintage
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Vintage Hiawatha HeadbadgeBikeBicycleBalloon Tire
Vintage Hiawatha HeadbadgeBikeBicycleBalloon Tire

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RESTORED PRE WAR 1940s HIAWATHA HORN TANK SPRINGER FORK FENDER BOMB schwinn
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Vintage Hiawatha Bicycle FENDERS 26 Braces Prewar Hawthorne Roadmaster CWC Bike
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Vintage Cleveland Welding Company Hiawatha Roadmaster Cruiser Bicycle
Vintage Cleveland Welding Company Hiawatha Roadmaster Cruiser Bicycle

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Dayton Hiawatha Chain Guard Bicycle
Dayton Hiawatha Chain Guard Bicycle

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Vintag Hiawatha Astroflite Boys bicycle
Vintag Hiawatha Astroflite Boys bicycle

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NOS SCHWINN ELGIN COLSON HIAWATHA NEW DEPARTURE DD 2 SPEED FINGER LEVER
NOS SCHWINN ELGIN COLSON HIAWATHA NEW DEPARTURE DD 2 SPEED FINGER LEVER

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DELTA LIGHT VINTAGE SCHWINN ELGIN COLSON HIAWATHA BICYCLE SIGNA JET SIGNALS
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Hiawatha Train Bike Badge Bicycle Emblem etched brass nickel plated CHOICE
Hiawatha Train Bike Badge Bicycle Emblem etched brass nickel plated CHOICE

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For collectors who are in the know a Hiawatha Bicycle is most definitely a great item to pick up for a variety of reasons, and among them is an incredible sense of design and a real classic feel. The Hiawatha bike is a great item for collectors to pick up due to its ability to retain and even gain in value over the years.

The Hiawatha Bicycle is an especially good looking bike and its aesthetic charm makes it a bike that will be valued for years to come. This bicycle is a very important part of the history of bicycles and is a coveted item in many collector's possession; there is a good deal to love about the Hiawatha bike and any opportunity to buy one should be taken advantage of.