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Saw some "Schwinn's" at Target(7 posts)

Saw some "Schwinn's" at TargetKristin
Apr 29, 2003 6:00 AM
So who is building the bikes? Are they the same hands that built Schwinn bikes before Huffy bought them? Or did Huffy lay off all of those guys?
Alas, it ain't been Schwinn for a LONG time ...Humma Hah
Apr 29, 2003 6:07 AM
Check out the Schwinn.com website, and click on "Timeline". Its not quite true that Huffy owns Schwinn, rather both are owned by the same big conglomerate. I suspect they're being built by whoever is the lowest bidder this month. Originally, Schwinns were built in a factory in Chicago, eventually bringing in a couple of other midwestern plants. After running into labor problems, they moved production to a little overseas outfit called "Giant", who ended up becoming bigger than Schwinn. How much of any of the original companies are still involved in production in the new monstrosity is a question too sad for me to even contemplate.

When Schwinn was really Schwinn, they would NEVER have allowed their bikes to be sold in a department store, much less a discount department store. That was Huffy's swamp.
and to continue...ClydeTri
Apr 29, 2003 6:15 AM
I think it was Pacific that bought the rights to Schwinn..but my point is that they paid all that money so they could use that name..the name Schwinn means something to baby boomers and older...sadly, the kids of today will associate the name in the same league as Huffy....when I was a kid you either wanted a Schwinn Krate or a Varsity if you were into road bikes.
Saw a bumper sticker in an Iowa bike store, it read :
If Huffy Built Airplanes, Would You Fly In One?
Production became too expensive at GiantMR_GRUMPY
Apr 29, 2003 6:17 AM
Look to China for the "Home" of Schwinn today.
Pacific I thinkColnagoFE
Apr 29, 2003 6:37 AM
I was tempted to buy one of the cruisers I saw at Target, but they didn't include fenders and had some cheap knockoff tires and really cheap components. Not worth it. I'd rather have a used authentic Schwinn. Much better bikes.
Interesting note.MR_GRUMPY
Apr 29, 2003 7:33 AM
I have a friend who used to work at the Schwinn plant in Chicago. He told me that the old factory was turned into condos.
lbs SchwinnLeroy
Apr 29, 2003 8:39 AM
A guy who works with me just bought a super sport at our local bike shop and it's pretty decent. It's a 'city bike', not a euro. He's new at the game and it's perfect for him. No telling who made it, but most likely taiwanese.