Schwinn Bicycles

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MBI Publishing Company, 2001 - Sports & Recreation - 160 pages
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The legendary 100-year history of the best-known name in American bicycling. German immigrant Ignaz Schwinn launched the company that bears his name in 1895, setting the bicycling standard in the U.S. for decades to come. This lavishly illustrated volume is overflowing with original archival material, much of it from Chicago's Bicycle Museum of America, and specially commissioned photography. Pridmore and Hurd fully detail Schwinn's technical developments, racing history, and significant models including the Black Phantom, Varsity, Paramount, Fastback, and many others. Contains discussions of Schwinn's foray into motorcycle manufacture. Fabulous!
 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
6
INTRODUCTION
8
THE ORIGINS OF SCHWINN
11
SOARING ON WITH LIGHTNING SPEED
21
SCHWINNS MOTORCYCLE ERA
33
BALLOONTIRE QUALITY
47
UPHILL ON LIGHTWEIGHTS
61
THE WAR YEARS
77
THE BLACK PHANTOM ERA
89
THE NEW BICYCLE BOOM
107
TO THE SECOND CENTURY
133
INDEX
160

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Jay Pridmore has written widely on the people and ideas that have built Chicago. His Chicago Architecture and Design (1993; co-authored with George Larson) remains one of Chicago's most popular books on local architecture.

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