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Old 07-09-12, 04:24 PM   #1
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American made bikes?

Are there any bikes made in America and if so that don't cost a fortune? Is there an online resource to identify them? I know there are still brand names but at least a lot of their stuff is outsourced. In case there's nothing reasonable what sources are good, i.e. Japan, Taiwan etc.? I'd like to buy American company American made but if that's out of reach then American company best source. Thanks for any and all advice.
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Old 07-09-12, 04:28 PM   #2
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Depends on what you're after -- there's Worksman and the like for cruiser-type bicycles. Most of the other American builders are on a custom-order basis. How much is it worth to you that the bike was made by Americans?
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Old 07-09-12, 04:33 PM   #3
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Last year I got a Bike Friday, they are made in Eugene Oregon..
they are a Unique design. a Travel Bike , that built around packing
to get to the start of your trip, with less struggle with a big carton.

the Hand frame-builders in the US cannot price match a Giant factory in China.

but if you want a bike made in the US , you need to pay enough
to keep the Builder in Business

Overhead per unit produced, is higher , like Health insurance
[ particularly without single payer health care]
taxes rent cost of materials and Etc..

Big investment was made in Taiwan based companies
byMost ALL the bike brands contracting out manufacturing there..

some of the materials are shaped,
like hydroformed Easton Aluminum,
then shipped to the contract builder..

Some of the TW companies further subcontract out
to even lower cost sources.

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Old 07-09-12, 04:42 PM   #4
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What kind of bike are you looking for and what do you consider expensive?

There are plenty of small bicycle manufacturers in the US. However the bulk of the parts are going to be made overseas, we no longer have much of a manufacturing base for bicycle parts in this country anymore. One of my favorites is A.N.T (Alternative Needs Transportation) he builds some very nice city bikes and tries to buy as many American built components as possible.

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I would like to patronize a LBS and probably need to budget about $1k for bike, helmet and tax. I hadn't thought about small makers. I was thinking of Schwinn, Trek, Cannondale etc. that used to be at least significantly (I think) American made.

I am 55 and need to lose about that many pounds. I'll never be racing with the serious amateurs and never keep up with more than the intermediates at best and not that for a long time I'm sure. I just want something reliable and durable that will handle roads/paths/trails a beginner would frequent.
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I'll defer to the others, but I'm pretty sure $1000 won't cover a new American-made bike anymore. Inflation pushes up the cost of everything, but we consumers demand to pay the same amount as we did before...

That said, there are lots of old Schwinns and Treks around in great shape if you don't mind buying used.
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Old 07-09-12, 08:18 PM   #8
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Yeah, I probably should look at used to put less into it and recover a greater percentage if/when I decide to get out.
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That said, there are lots of old Schwinns and Treks around in great shape if you don't mind buying used.
THIS.

If you'd like an American-made bike in your price range, you may be better served finding something used.

Or go with Worksman Cycles (http://worksmancycles.com/shopsite_s.../cruisers.html). I think a Worksman would be fine based on the part of your post where you state: "I just want something reliable and durable that will handle roads/paths/trails a beginner would frequent."
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Old 07-09-12, 08:31 PM   #10
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My 1992 Cannondale was made in Bedford, PA -- as were all Cannondales back then.

Well, sort of... Actually the frame was shaped, welded and finished in Bedford. (And, the aluminum was probably extruded not far from Bedford).

But the drive train, shifters and brakes -- came from Shimano... The wheels and tires came from France. I'm not sure where the Vetta saddle was made???

But, even "American Made" Cannondales were not really American Made.
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I would like to patronize a LBS and probably need to budget about $1k for bike, helmet and tax. I hadn't thought about small makers. I was thinking of Schwinn, Trek, Cannondale etc. that used to be at least significantly (I think) American made.

I am 55 and need to lose about that many pounds. I'll never be racing with the serious amateurs and never keep up with more than the intermediates at best and not that for a long time I'm sure. I just want something reliable and durable that will handle roads/paths/trails a beginner would frequent.
Cannondale is owned by a Canadian firm---would "North American owned" be OK?

I think they also own Schwinn. Trek is still American owned, and still makes their top of the line frames in Wisconsin.
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I'll defer to the others, but I'm pretty sure $1000 won't cover a new American-made bike anymore. Inflation pushes up the cost of everything, but we consumers demand to pay the same amount as we did before...

That said, there are lots of old Schwinns and Treks around in great shape if you don't mind buying used.
Gunnar frames are made in the US and come in around $1000.
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Old 07-09-12, 10:09 PM   #13
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This is a lofty goal. Good luck!
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$1,000 is the cost of a decent (not best) set of wheels.
Get with the new reality . . .
From what you remember of the "American made" Schwinn/Trek etc from way back when, then you need to add at least another zero.
Remember when a new car was less than $3,000?
Of course I remember making 75c an hour, which was the minimum wage in the late 40s . . .
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My Trek 2200 proudly says Made in America! It's a 2003 model bike. The resale value is about $600-700. The 2200/2300 are fine bikes. The wheels are boat anchors, but the rest of the bike is solid: carbon fork, Ultegra components. You don't have to go total vintage to get made in America. You can get some idea of bike value by looking at Completed Auctions on ebay where the item was sold.
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$1,000 is the cost of a decent (not best) set of wheels.
Get with the new reality . . .
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Nonsense
Absolutely right. Unless you're looking for carbon wheels, you can easily get a set for under $1,000. Heck, I had a custom set of aluminum wheels built with a top-of-the-line White Industries hub built for less than that.
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Frame, yes. Whole bike, no.
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I missed the whole bike comment.
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there are lots of old Schwinns and Treks around in great shape if you don't mind buying used.
And Cannondales, and Rosses, and even California Masis and Confetes if you can afford them...
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Or go with Worksman Cycles (http://worksmancycles.com/shopsite_s.../cruisers.html). I think a Worksman would be fine based on the part of your post where you state: "I just want something reliable and durable that will handle roads/paths/trails a beginner would frequent."
Meh. Too heavy. Too slow. They are bikes more suited for very casual, short distance rides.

If there are hills where he rides, he's going to want gears. I have no idea what range the 7-speed coaster brake Workman has but I doubt it's going to be as wide as a derailleur system.
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I would like to patronize a LBS and probably need to budget about $1k for bike, helmet and tax. I hadn't thought about small makers. I was thinking of Schwinn, Trek, Cannondale etc. that used to be at least significantly (I think) American made.
If you double your budget to about $2000 , you might just be able to find bike with a frame built in the US. Note that only the frame would be US made. Nearly no other bicycle components are made in the US.
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a grand gets you, perhaps, a frame and fork, not a whole bike..

Lots of US, name brands send the contract and CAD design
for making the bike to Taiwan.
so that is where the manufacturing investment went,
contract builders.
And as the component makers are also over there,
the partial assembly and boxing for shipment is efficient.

I last bought a Bike Friday. US made, in Eugene Oregon.
but a folding travel bike may not be what you have in mind.
20" wheels.. simpler models come in at $995..

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