Davis Sewing Machine, was [CR]Re: Huffy Question...seriously


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Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 21:48:02 -0400
From: Harvey M Sachs <sachshm@cox.net>
To: wheelman@nac.net, Classic Rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: Davis Sewing Machine, was [CR]Re: Huffy Question...seriously


Ray Homiski wrote about Davis Sewing Machines of Dayton, a Huffy precursor:

I know there are a lot of chuckels about Huffy bikes but I once owned a turn of the century Davis Sewing Maching drop handlebar racing bike. If you know you history then you know that DSW became Huffman bicycles then shortened to Huffy. Today they are known for low quality hi volume cookie cutter bikes but one time they were very powerful in the industry including the racing circuit. They also have several off topic bicycles that would rival most of our collectible road machines in value. Ever heard of the death bike (no not the death fork)? +++++++++++++++++++++++++++= For several years, we had a DSW triplet, from about 1898. My memory is that Fred DeLong helped me with some parts and literature. Its features included: 23/23/23 (about 58/58/58 cm). 96" fixed gear, cranks were forged steel, and cotterless. And rusty. Fully lugged frame 1 - 3/8" tubing throughout. When it finally sank in that I did not have time or expertise to justice to this magnificent machine, it went to a museum in Dayton. It is my understanding that a grant from the Huffman family paid for purchase and part of restoration by a group of experienced volunteers. I'm looking forward to seeing "my" bike one of these years.

harvey sachs
mcLean VA.