Military bicycles were typically used in rear areas as an inexpensive and fuel efficient way to get around
on large bases and to deliver messages. Enlisted men and NCO's often used bicycles but officers usually did
not. The bicycles were manufactured by the Westfield Manufacturing Company, and the Huffman Manufacturing Company. Since motor vehicular transportation was scarce on many bases, the acquisition
of a bicycle was considered an accomplishment regardless of the means of procurement.
The bicycle weighed approximately 55 lbs and was 72 inches long and 41.5 inches high. The tires
were 25 x 2.125 with a tire pressure of 22 psi. Braking was performed by a coaster brake in the rear
axle since there were no hand brakes.
Copyright 1995 Charles C. Roberts, Jr