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Old 09-29-17, 05:01 PM
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Old Cannondale Factory

I heard a rumor that Cannondale had a factory near State College, PA that made all the bags. (Back in the day.) Did they ever have a plant in PA?
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I believe the bicycle plant was up in Bedford PA. much further south. I am not sure about soft goods.
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Originally Posted by Colorado Kid View Post
I heard a rumor that Cannondale had a factory near State College, PA that made all the bags. (Back in the day.) Did they ever have a plant in PA?
They made bikes in Bedford, PA, closer to Maryland, from the early 80s through 2010 I believe. No idea if they had a smaller plant.
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Old 09-29-17, 05:47 PM
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The company began in the mid-1970s by making seat bags and a child trailer somewhere in or near Stamford, Connecticut, I believe. (By the way, Cannondale is a small town in Connecticut. I guess the people who started the company just liked that name.)
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Rumor has it that one of the guys was at the Cannondale station using the pay phone to do some company business and was asked what the company name was...he looked around and said Cannondale! Hence the little train station headbadge
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
Rumor has it that one of the guys was at the Cannondale station using the pay phone to do some company business and was asked what the company name was...he looked around and said Cannondale! Hence the little train station headbadge
I always assumed there was someone like a Scott Cannondale, but I never bothered to chase down the lore. I prefer the train station story.
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I have a friend that worked with Cannondale soft goods years ago. I am fairly sure she worked in Bethel CT. But, I never asked her about where they made stuff. I might see her on a bike ride Sunday. If I remember and can figure out to get back here, I will ask her about the soft goods manufacturing plant.
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Their name history is at the end of the 1973 catalog.
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Originally Posted by Colorado Kid View Post
I heard a rumor that Cannondale had a factory near State College, PA that made all the bags. (Back in the day.) Did they ever have a plant in PA?
I camped just down the street from the former Bedford, PA location when I did one of my cross-PA tours. There was still a bike business there in 2012. Distributorship, IIRC. I have a photo somewhere at home.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
I camped just down the street from the former Bedford, PA location when I did one of my cross-PA tours. There was still a bike business there in 2012. Distributorship, IIRC. I have a photo somewhere at home.
It's funny now, but I actually lived in New Bedford, PA, for a couple years in the early 70s. That town is right on the Ohio border (route 422), and it's main business is a cement company. Don't blink, passing through, you might miss it. 😋
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We sold Cannondale bike bags at Rainbow Jersey in Milwaukee in the 1970s. I remember reading the origin story of their name back in the day. It fits the ethos of the time: kinda stoned, kinda ditzy, kinda whaaaa?
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
i camped just down the street from the former bedford, pa location when i did one of my cross-pa tours. There was still a bike business there in 2012. Distributorship, iirc. I have a photo somewhere at home.
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The station building is real and is there in Connecticut, at least it was a decade or so ago.
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Originally Posted by stardognine View Post
It's funny now, but I actually lived in New Bedford, PA, for a couple years in the early 70s. That town is right on the Ohio border (route 422), and it's main business is a cement company. Don't blink, passing through, you might miss it. 😋
A "census designated place" according to Wikipedia. Nice!

Bedford isn't a lot bigger. My grandmother's family was from there. I grew up in Cumberland, MD, just down the road. I used to go up to Bedford every summer for family reunions. Funny, I had no idea the Cannondale factory was there.

I think this is the building where it was located: https://goo.gl/maps/8dvcfzhHaTq
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Originally Posted by altenwrencher View Post
We sold Cannondale bike bags at Rainbow Jersey in Milwaukee in the 1970s. I remember reading the origin story of their name back in the day. It fits the ethos of the time: kinda stoned, kinda ditzy, kinda whaaaa?
Didn’t Rainbow Jersey do skies in the winter too. Was at UWM 73 to 78, and seem to remember demoing, and buying a pair of Olin skies from them. Tim
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b&w?
Nope. It was actually 2013.

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Bedford has a fantastic old historic golf course...worth the trip for those that like to chase the little white ball around
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Everything was in Bedford, PA after moving manufacturing from CT.
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