Ignaz Schwinn and partner Adolph Arnold incorporate "Arnold, Schwinn & Company" on October 22, 1895. The company is founded in Chicago.Ignaz and the Mrs. Have a baby, Frank. There are 300 bicycle companies in the US (101 in Chicago, alone). Schwinn starts its racing program. By the end of the year, Schwinn bikes have more victories than any other bike company. In 1896, the Schwinn line is composed of the bicycles ranging in price from $100 to $125 and in weight from 19 to 24 pounds! Six-day races become the rage. Board tracks spring up everywhere. Bicycle racing clubs are an outlet for affluent Americans. 1908 Ignaz Schwinn buys the interest of his partner, Adolph Arnold, and becomes the sole owner of Arnold, Schwinn & Company.With the advent of the affordable automobile, bikes become passe for adults. Manufacturing advances mean lower prices, making bicycles available to children for the first time. A new market is born. Tough bikes are developed to stand the punishment that kids dish out. 1911 Schwinn buys Excelsior Motor Cycle Company.1917 Schwinn buys Henderson Motor Cycle Company.
1925 Mudguards are the major technological achievement of the '20's. No appreciable increase in sales results. While the Great Depression drives most bicycle companies out of business, Schwinn makes bold moves to increase capacity and develop new products. 1933 Schwinn creates a new department comprised of bicycle and motorcycle engineers to improve quality and appearance. Schwinn becomes the standard of innovation for the industry. Arnold, Schwinn & Companyintroduces the bicycle balloon 26x2.125 tire in the spring of 1933 - two years later, it became the standard of the industry. "Ignaz Schwinn's balloon tire is the single biggest innovation in mountain bike technology. 1935 Schwinn introduces the Cyclelock, "the final solution" to the bicycle theft problem. Guess they didn't plan on New York of the '90's. The Schwinn Aerocycle takes bicycles to the next dimension, styled to resemble airplanes, streamlined automobiles and motorcycles. This new aerodynamic style sets the trend for not only the '30's and '40's, but into the '50's.
1936 Schwinn presents the "Auto Cycle" Deluxe balloon tire bicycle - featuring the Schwinn full floating saddle and seat post, plus twin headlights and speedometer. 1938 Schwinn introduces the "Fore-wheel" brake, "Cantilever Frame" and the "Spring Fork." This style is the Grandfather of today's off-road bicycles. The "Cycle Truck" a delivery bicycle built from 1940 until the mid-1960's, and still in use today.
In World War II, Schwinn produces military items, including top-secret electrical devices, shells, ammunition, plane parts and numerous other war-related items. Schwinn receives the Army and Navy "E" award for Excellence.
1946 Built-in kickstands and new styled drop-outs developed during the war, now improve post-war bikes. 1949 The Schwinn Black Phantom is introduced as the top of the balloon tire line. All the right stuff- chromefenders and horn, tank, whitewall tires, head and tail lights, spring fork, deluxe saddle, and more. This is the bike every boy wanted. A classic in the making.
1960 Schwinn introduces the Varsity 8-speed and Continental 10-speed bicycles. The Varsity teaches America to ride a touring bicycle.1963 Schwinn introduces the Sting-Ray. With high-rise handlebars, banana seat, Stick-Shift and racing Sliks, it becomes the "in" style machine. 1968 Schwinn Bicycle Company introduces the Sting-Ray Krates. These muscle-car era bikes were truly an American Phenomenon. The Sting-Ray is the machine that will farther the BMX bicycles of the 1980's.
1975 The BMX craze is in full gear, raising a gear as bike-riders headed towards the dirt.
1993 Schwinn files for bankruptcy. New management takes over. We fell, we got up. End of apology. 1998 Schwinn introduces the 4-BangerTM, an all mountain suspension bike, inspired by the Straight 6TM.
Two old rivals form a lucrative alliance as Schwinn and GT bicycles join forces to form the Schwinn/GT Corporation. The competition quakes in its SPD-compatible cycling shoes.
Schwinn introduces the Fitness Advisor system, an interactive data network that provides health club members with a customized workout and continual assessment of their progress. The days of hefting rusty dumbbells and counting reps aloud are officially over.
2001 Schwinn faces bankrupty again and is taken over by the Pacific divisions.
Schwinn 7 deLuxe, green only (T) and Schwinn 4 in black/white.
Amsterdam (Fickser)- Nu ook Schwinn, het klassieke cruisermerk bij uitstek. Vele lowriders en cruisers bouwers zijn door dit merk beinvloed. Het absolute topstuk uit de cruiserlijn "The Phantom" is verkrijgbaar in The Chopperdome. Ook hebben we oa de SS en Heavy Duty. Kijk bij Schwinn in de catalogus. Nu verkrijgbaar in the Chopperdome vanaf € 299.00
Amsterdam (Fickser)- Verzameld nieuws over Schwinn cycles in de laatste maanden. Het is de laatste tijd niet goed gegaan met het roemruchte merk van voorheen. Schwinn/GT Amerika is failliet en dus ook Dyno, maar overgenomen door Pacific. Schwinn bestaat uit meerdere divisies wat dit voor het voortbestaan van deze divisies betekent is nu nog onduidelijk.
Pacific Meets Schwinn/GT Dealers At Interbike—
October 5, 2001
LAS VEGAS, NV (Bicycle Retailer Editorial Staff)—Chris Hornung, Pacific Cycles's chief executive officer, and Byron Smith, the company's president, met with Schwinn/GT dealers throughout the Interbike Expo, to outline their plan for the two brands. They said Pacific will take both brands into the mass market next fall, but they intend to stick with specialty bike retailers, too. "Next fall would be the earliest time for introducing Schwinn and GT into the mass market, but that doesn't mean that we will be bringing them into that channel at that time. Many of Schwinn's current dealers have years invested in the brand and we will be going forward with their input. More than 40 percent of all bicycle dollars are still spent within that channel and we want to do business there," Hornung said. Pacific will honor Schwinn and GT warrantees, but a plan has yet to be put into place. The company also will reposition the Schwinn and GT lines, focusing on the sub-$500 retail price range. Plans also are in place to will revive Schwinn/GT-owned brands such as Auburn, Dyno, Powerlite and Syncros. And Pacific plans to have fewer dealers, some of whom executives said they expect will walk away from the Schwinn and GT. "We will reduce the number of dealers. We will have less than the 3,000 Schwinn/GT had a year or so ago, but we will work with both large and small shops," Smith said.
Schwinn, GT deal closed
September 24, 2001
BOULDER, CO (Bicycle Retailer Editorial Staff)—Pacific Cycle and Direct Fitness closed their joint $151 million deal to purchase all the assets of Schwinn/GT Cycling and Fitness on Friday. Schwinn Fitness will remain in Boulder for the near future. Pacific's first change at Schwinn and GT is the elimination of the parts and accessories business. And although 2002 models are pretty much as Schwinn/GT's current product managers spec'd them, Pacific in the future hopes to focus on fewer models, mostly retailing for less than $500.
GT Continues With Product Development
July 23, 2001
SANTA ANA, CA (Bicycle Retailer Editorial Staff)—While the fate of Schwinn/GT is still unclear, it's employees are preparing for the best, hoping that the company will continue supplying bikes to independent retailers. GT's product designers unveiled its 2002 line in Japan and Europe last week and showed pre-production samples to Bicycle Retailer & Industry News. With the bikes already designed, GT's product team is waiting for the new owner to give them the go-ahead on the 2002 line. They also said they could have bikes to retailers by the holidaysówith a lead-time of some 60 days, juvenile and BMX bikes could be available by November. Lead times on adult bikes are longer. The company has significantly reduced the number of SKU's for the 2002 GT line. The adult line will have four categoriesóadventure, comfort, trails and race. The trails line includes a new 6-inch travel I-Drive with a downhill-inspired 150-millimeter spacing rear hub. Schwinn/GT likely will be sold at the end of August or beginning of September. While Huffy put in a $60 million bid, another buyer could make a higher offer.