1932 Hawthorne ACE Balloon Tire Motorbike

This ad from a 1932 Montgomery Ward catalog describes this bicycle as having “Balloon Tires”. They appear to be single-tube type tires like the common (at the time) 28″ tires, but they are 26″ and a larger diameter. This of course pre-dates Schwinn’s claim to fame of having the first Balloon Tire bicycle in America.


You may also like...