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Old 07-16-19, 02:00 AM
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Bicycle factories

Does anyone have any pictures of any old bicycle manufacturing plants? Would be interesting to see, especially any old USA bicycle plants, as there's not many American made bikes now other than some high dollar bikes. I know Murray and Huffy made bikes here in the US until mid-late 90s. Any pictures or video of that famous Chicago schwinn factory? Is it still standing?
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Old 07-16-19, 05:46 AM
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Google is (sometimes) your friend...


Google image search - Chicago Schwinn factory

Way, WAY more at the link....
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Old 07-16-19, 07:34 AM
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Went on a YMCA trip to the Scwinn factory around 1973-74.

Dark, dirty, and noisy, with a haze of spray paint in the air.

Factory is still standing.
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Here's a Bicycling! magazine article from 1984 showing the inside of the Trek factory at the time I was working there:

http://www.os2.dhs.org/~john/Trek/index.html
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Thanks for the link to the article. I love to see factories, especially, older ones. Knowing both about manufacturing and bicycles makes this especially interesting. And there is a guy there wearing a Campagnolo T-shirt. Could the people at Trek actually be Cycling enthusiasts? I'm not good at emoji's so, "wink, wink".

I appreciated hearing about how the little details like seat lugs improved the production while keeping the qualities of the bike intact.
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Old 07-16-19, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Velo Mule View Post
I love to see factories, especially, older ones. Knowing both about manufacturing and bicycles makes this especially interesting. And there is a guy there wearing a Campagnolo T-shirt. Could the people at Trek actually be Cycling enthusiasts?
Well, there are some, anyway. The guy in the picture wearing the Campagnolo T-shirt is me.
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Old 07-16-19, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
Well, there are some, anyway. The guy in the picture wearing the Campagnolo T-shirt is me.
Bravo!
Who sez BF isn't fantastic.
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Old 07-16-19, 08:13 PM
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Ross factory in Allentown PA ('70s). Cannondale factory in Bedford PA ('80s). Schwinn factory in Greenville MS ('80s). You should be able to search for pix from those.
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From some research a few years ago, this building in Chicago still exist and of the former Lewis Lightweights factory 1939. Someone told me it also might have been used later on by Monarch bicycles.



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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
The guy in the picture wearing the Campagnolo T-shirt is me.
Yeah, but do you still have the T-shirt?
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Old 07-16-19, 10:28 PM
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I wasn't allowed to take pictures in the Cinelli/Columbus factory floor, but I was allowed to take pictures of the offices, warehouse, showroom and grounds.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/681231...57693747997045


Cinelli 010 by iabisdb, on Flickr



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One of Ole Ritter's bikes


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Not an American factory, but I've watched this Raleigh film many times and find it fascinating.

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