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Old 07-19-19, 04:11 PM
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Does anyone else remember the social history of the period in question when demand for "10 Speed" bikes was extraordinary in the US, labor unrest in the UK was high and well organized while the physical plants were obsolescent at best and management was driven by the "Export or Die" policies of government and the industrial sector?

The Results?

1) What you can ride today like less than pretty Carltons in previous pics and my '74 which is still in regular service despite being an "ugly duckling".
Don't forget the multiple US road championships ridden on Raleigh/Carlton Pros "back when". That which Worked, mostly still Works.

b) The rise of Japanese Mfgs with new industrial plants post war, a unique and effective workforce culture and adoption of W.E. Deming's statistical quality control methodology.

III) A little red building in Waterloo WI with a well designed and controlled process for bicycle frame construction using precise American machine tool technology and some smart motivated people.

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