Vintage 1950s handlebar-mounted bicycle radio


0522140744aCould you imagine trying to keep this bulky, square box safely fastened on the handlebars of your bike? It’s a 1950s Arvin 514Y23-13 AM bicycle radio/horn with a reflector that I acquired in 2013 for inclusion in my transistor radio collection…and it still works! While the reception isn’t the best ever (would be hard to hear near street traffic), the radio does work, as does the horn.

While quite un-aerodynamic, it’s “cool factor” comes from the fact that it represents the pre-FM era and reflects the then-current technological advances of the post-World War II era. I must say, of all my transistor radios, it is certainly one of the most unique and intriguing. Cheers!

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6 Responses to Vintage 1950s handlebar-mounted bicycle radio

  1. Tim Potter says:

    Very cool. Bike accessories just aren’t what they used to be!

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  2. Rick Brown says:

    I agree, Tim. Hope RoS went well last night.

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  3. David Hojsak says:

    I have that exact radio. It’s from 1972. I used it extensively on a red Schwinn Suburban that I got as a Christmas gift that year.

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  4. It definitely looks much more 1950’s to me than 1972, especially if it was just AM. Any chance they might have put an earlier radio on your bike?

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