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Old 12-19-17, 03:38 PM
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do they still make huffy bikes.when I was a kid they were made in ohio and they took a beating and kept right on going.
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Old 12-19-17, 09:26 PM
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Old 12-19-17, 10:25 PM
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Too bad about SRAM ending their IGH production. I've had a hankering for a lightweight folder with SRAM Automatix 2-speed, just for giggles. Something to tote on days when I might need to take the bus or train, or toss the bike into the trunk of a friend's car. I just liked the notion of a bike with fewer cables, maybe just a front brake and rig up the Automatix in hub brake mode.

Tern produced a couple of folders with the Automatix but neither was quite what I had in mind -- a step-through model and a larger Castro with 24" wheels. GT made a version of the 8-Ball with Automatix but it was already discontinued and sold out by the time I heard about it. And I think Xootr offered a Swift model with Automatix, but it was also discontinued.
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Old 12-20-17, 10:10 PM
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In the late 60's/early 70's I owned an Elvish Fontaine, a French bike no longer made. Who knew that I should have kept it?
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Old 12-20-17, 11:57 PM
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Originally Posted by John E View Post
I mentioned Schwinn because the only "real" Schwinns being produced today are Waterfords. (Sort of like Hewlett-Packard -- the current company is essentially the ghost of Compaq. The test equipment heart and soul of the company my uncle joined in the early 1950s became Agilent.)
Well, then this happened:
Agilent Technologies Separates into Two Industry-Leading Public Companies

On September 19, 2013 Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced plans to separate into two publicly traded companies: one in life sciences, diagnostics and applied markets (LDA) that will retain the Agilent name, and Keysight Technologies which will be comprised of Agilent’s current portfolio of electronic measurement (EM) products. The separation is expected to be completed in November 2014.
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Old 12-23-17, 04:47 PM
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Speedwell Bikes. I was given one for Xmas in 1970, it had a 3speed IGH, with handle bar twist grip, High normal Low. It was a great bike and I used it for touring mostly, when children from age 11 were allowed to run-amuck. Then in 1983 I was given an 8 speed with A single up front, it was an excellent bike and I used it to commute and I toured around Australia on it. Don't remember what happened to it. Speedwell were excellent bikes, all lugged frames.
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Old 12-23-17, 05:33 PM
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Originally Posted by DropBarFan View Post
In the 70's a guy made bicycle lights from highway construction flashers & lead-acid batteries. They were about the only light with decent brightness but weighed ~10 lbs. A few die-hard commuters used them.
That was Ed Kearney -- a lawyer, and member of NCUTLO, helping to rewrite some of the traffic laws to be more cyclist friendly.

I bought those lights -- the rear light was a barricade flasher! Could make the driver think you were a road obstruction, so they would give you a wide berth.
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Old 12-24-17, 09:57 PM
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That was Ed Kearney -- a lawyer, and member of NCUTLO, helping to rewrite some of the traffic laws to be more cyclist friendly.

I bought those lights -- the rear light was a barricade flasher! Could make the driver think you were a road obstruction, so they would give you a wide berth.
No kidding! I knew about Mr Kearney's advocacy but not about him making the lights. I met him once outside of his downtown office...he (politely) gave me a hard time about wearing a Skid-Lid...I already knew they didn't offer very good protection but his advice convinced me to get a real helmet.
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Old 12-25-17, 01:47 AM
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Royce Union.
Miller bottle generator lights.
Pletscher racks (especially the mouse trap ones).
Western Flyer (sold by Western Auto)
Orly "Tour de France" (sold by Pep Boys)
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Old 12-27-17, 10:02 PM
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BSA bicycles? IIRC my dad had one in the late 40's that was pretty good for the time.
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Old 12-28-17, 05:57 PM
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Stronglight is still making cranks, but not my favorite, the 49d. TA has just produced another batch of their pro vis 5, and still produces rings for them.
Velo-Orange still sells a 50.4mm 5-pin crank, and rings and hardware as well.

And SunXCD sells 50.4mm 5-pin arms, and adapteurs to mount commonly available modern 110mm and 130mm BCD rings.
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Old 12-28-17, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by coffeesnob View Post
do they still make huffy bikes.when I was a kid they were made in ohio and they took a beating and kept right on going.
Asian made bicycles are still sold under the Huffy name, but I suspect like Schwinn, Masi, Holdsworth, Motobécane, and so many others, the name is the only connection to the original company.
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Old 12-29-17, 07:11 PM
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Since we're also mentioning parts mfgs: How about Everest bike chains (now industrial chains only - they no longer make 'em). Special Oro were very pretty. I have a NOS one, looking for a hanger.
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Old 12-30-17, 10:55 AM
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When the assets of Hi-E were for sale, I thought about buying them. They were bought by the owner of First Flight bikes, who unfortunately was killed while crossing a road on foot. So maybe Hi-E is finally gone.

I thought Zeus had morphed into Orbea, but I can't find any evidence of that on the web.
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Old 12-30-17, 05:54 PM
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Originally Posted by tony2v View Post
Well, then this happened:
Agilent Technologies Separates into Two Industry-Leading Public Companies

On September 19, 2013 Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced plans to separate into two publicly traded companies: one in life sciences, diagnostics and applied markets (LDA) that will retain the Agilent name, and Keysight Technologies which will be comprised of Agilent’s current portfolio of electronic measurement (EM) products. The separation is expected to be completed in November 2014.
jeez, I wasn't expecting to find engineering nerds around here.

I have many warm and nostalgic feelings for the old HP. Wasn't that excited about the change to Agilent (but do have a ball cap with the Agilent logo on it).
Was even less enthusiastic about the change to Keysight, but I suppose I'll get over it.

I take some comfort that Fluke is still a great company, providing some stability to the world of test equipment. My 30 year old Fluke 87 DMM is going strong, as is my new Fluke 179. (not unlike my old Var 3rd hand tool!)

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Old 12-30-17, 08:40 PM
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I thought Zeus had morphed into Orbea, but I can't find any evidence of that on the web.
Orbea bought the rights to use the Zeus name, but not the patents or tooling to make Zeus components.
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Old 12-31-17, 10:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
Extinct companies whose name still exists for marketing purposes = Raleigh, Mercier, Masi, Motobecane, Austro Daimler


Gone but not forgotten = Serotta, Merlin, Klein, Lemond
Just gone = Softride
Components = Huret, Simplex, Zeus (components and bikes)

edit: Does Peugeot still manufacture bikes?
Lemond is not gone, just on a hiatus from the last group of bike building (Washoe) as he sorts out a new composite.

LeMond Composites
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