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Finally bicycles during he purchased a Co. shipped them home, took them apart, and embarked on what would become the one of the largest motorcycle makers Schwinn moved into internal combustion with Excelsiors and Hendersons in the 1910s and 1920s, and Frank helped design some of the most advanced motorcycles of his era. The Depression forced Schwinn out of motorcycles, which disappointed Frank W. Schwinn but which he used as an opportunity. While other bicycle men hoped that 40 years. Accomplishing that was an obstacle course, however.
Movie stars joined politicians and gangsters in the box seats every evening at races in America's biggest cities. With this kind of excitement, bicycle manufacturers did what they could to regain the glory days of racing in the bicycle boom. For the manufacturers, racing was an expensive proposition, but they made the investment because they believed in something else from the old days: the market for adult lightweight bicycles. Lightweight sales were not impressive at the time, but companies like Shelby, Columbia, and Schwinn up on the idea that adult riders were out there and waiting.
The imports were Postwar Europe was ravaged :o and the nations were desperate for foreign exchange. Bicycles could and did generate revenue, and of three-speeds, their invasion handbrakes, and thin began around tires 1951. 2 million of 3 million bikes sold in the United States that year. This was an unpleasant reality for American companies, which had two strong responses. One was to petition Congress for tariff protection, declaring its in President Eisenhower . . " But the manufacturers never did get what they wanted.