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Do we make a bike in the good old USA?
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Do we make a bike in the good old USA?
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Old 06-20-09, 08:11 PM
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Spicer, some cannondales, lots of others, mostly high quality or custom made.
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Some of the big-name bike companies make their high-end bikes here in the USA. ONe that does make 'em here is Co-Motion; well known for their tandems, but they also make standard single seaters. I believe they make the frames, then use standard off-the-shelf-parts (wheels, cranks, etc) to complete the bike. Pretty cool site to browse through if you're into bike building

http://www.co-motion.com/


Also try Rivendall (sp?). I think they are similar, building the frames then adding off-the-shelf parts.
 
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Serotta in Saratoga Springs NY.
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So we mack a good bike but

So we mack a good bike but will we buy then if they cost a little more I say YES as long is it a little i have bills to pay LOL really i love to see things made at home I love America
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Most of the bikes mentioned don't cost 'a little more'. Not saying they're not worth what they cost.
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Sometimes we assemble some parts in the U.S that were manufactured overseas.
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Bike Fridays are made in Oregon.

But, yeah, like JanMM said, American made bikes are pretty expensive.
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Chris Chance - who was a custom frame-builder who migrated into the formation of Serotta and then ran for the hills - was working out of Cambridge/Somerville, Massachusetts when he was making touring-frames and, later on, his Fat Chance line. A friend of mine had a Chance-branded touring-frame. It was sweet! Top-end Columbus tubing.
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Waterford- Made in Waterford Wisconsin.
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Waterford- Made in Waterford Wisconsin.
I've got 2 and love them both. They aren't cheap though.
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Litespeed. Hope so. That would be a possibility on my future bikes list.. Couple high end touring bikes I think.. But, so little is made in America . This is a serious question..
Seems I remember some news story.. ON line.. Only 17% of non edible consumer goods are made within the confines of the US for American consumers.. A Serious question?.
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Volae recumbents are Wisconsin-assembled with frames made by Waterford.
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Originally Posted by surfrider View Post
Some of the big-name bike companies make their high-end bikes here in the USA. ONe that does make 'em here is Co-Motion; well known for their tandems, but they also make standard single seaters. I believe they make the frames, then use standard off-the-shelf-parts (wheels, cranks, etc) to complete the bike. Pretty cool site to browse through if you're into bike building

http://www.co-motion.com/


Also try Rivendall (sp?). I think they are similar, building the frames then adding off-the-shelf parts.
AFAIK Rivendell frames are built in Taiwan or Japan now.

Other than full blown custom stuff like ANT, CETMA, Bilenky, Bruce Gordon and others Bike Friday and Worksman are the only true manufacturers left in the US, AFAIK, and even they have to source parts from overseas. But there is no one to blame but the American public, that is always in search of the cheapest price over everything else, as well as the corporations that put profits before all else.

Edit: Thought of another one Cattrikes are built in the US.

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I just have to chime in here. Price is certainly one factor, but not the only factor. I am old enough to remember when color tvs were made in the US. You bought and they delivered. Two days later three guys would show up to setup and adjust the TV. Why? you ask. Because it just didn't work from the factory. American manufacturing has this idea that we must always make things to be repaired, instead of making them to work. There was an american manufacturer that had an almost 80% rejection rate on their TV line. They went out of business. A japanese company buys the plant, hires the same workers and have a rejection rate of under 1% from the same line. They designed the TV to work not to be repaired.
I suspect bikes are much the same. I had a Scwhin LeTour in the 70's and while a nice bike it was a pain to ride, downtube friction shifters, rims that wouldn't stay true. Now I have two treks and an KONA all made overseas, and all much better bikes than the LeTour. Indexed shifting that works, wheels that stay true and they are just som much more fun to ride.

just my two cents.

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I just have to chime in here. Price is certainly one factor, but not the only factor. I am old enough to remember when color tvs were made in the US. You bought and they delivered. Two days later three guys would show up to setup and adjust the TV. Why? you ask. Because it just didn't work from the factory. American manufacturing has this idea that we must always make things to be repaired, instead of making them to work. There was an american manufacturer that had an almost 80% rejection rate on their TV line. They went out of business. A japanese company buys the plant, hires the same workers and have a rejection rate of under 1% from the same line. They designed the TV to work not to be repaired.
I suspect bikes are much the same. I had a Scwhin LeTour in the 70's and while a nice bike it was a pain to ride, downtube friction shifters, rims that wouldn't stay true. Now I have two treks and an KONA all made overseas, and all much better bikes than the LeTour. Indexed shifting that works, wheels that stay true and they are just som much more fun to ride.

just my two cents.

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Also, do keep in mind that not all non-US countries are created equal. If you buy a bike made in Japan, Korea, or Taiwan, you can be relatively assured that the workers worked in safe conditions for a reasonable wage. The same is not true of China.
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I just have to chime in here. Price is certainly one factor, but not the only factor. I am old enough to remember when color tvs were made in the US. You bought and they delivered. Two days later three guys would show up to setup and adjust the TV. Why? you ask. Because it just didn't work from the factory. American manufacturing has this idea that we must always make things to be repaired, instead of making them to work. There was an american manufacturer that had an almost 80% rejection rate on their TV line. They went out of business. A japanese company buys the plant, hires the same workers and have a rejection rate of under 1% from the same line. They designed the TV to work not to be repaired.
I suspect bikes are much the same. I had a Scwhin LeTour in the 70's and while a nice bike it was a pain to ride, downtube friction shifters, rims that wouldn't stay true. Now I have two treks and an KONA all made overseas, and all much better bikes than the LeTour. Indexed shifting that works, wheels that stay true and they are just som much more fun to ride.

just my two cents.

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that could just be the result of evolving technology... to some degree anyway. it kinda funny to note we only make the best now (chris king and all that jazz).
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I just have to chime in here. Price is certainly one factor, but not the only factor. I am old enough to remember when color tvs were made in the US. You bought and they delivered. Two days later three guys would show up to setup and adjust the TV. Why? you ask. Because it just didn't work from the factory. American manufacturing has this idea that we must always make things to be repaired, instead of making them to work. There was an american manufacturer that had an almost 80% rejection rate on their TV line. They went out of business. A japanese company buys the plant, hires the same workers and have a rejection rate of under 1% from the same line. They designed the TV to work not to be repaired.
I suspect bikes are much the same. I had a Scwhin LeTour in the 70's and while a nice bike it was a pain to ride, downtube friction shifters, rims that wouldn't stay true. Now I have two treks and an KONA all made overseas, and all much better bikes than the LeTour. Indexed shifting that works, wheels that stay true and they are just som much more fun to ride.

just my two cents.

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Anybody besides me wonder how much of that is true?

"There was an American manufacturer that had an almost 80% rejection rate on their TV line" Could you provide a name for me to check out?
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Anybody besides me wonder how much of that is true?

"There was an American manufacturer that had an almost 80% rejection rate on their TV line" Could you provide a name for me to check out?

That 80% rejection rate does sound high. It must have been a union shop if those numbers are true.... I have heard stories from people who have worked on GM car lots about how many vehicles that arrive DOA from the factory compared to their Japanese competition. The same was true with Harley Davidson motorcycles arriving DOA to dealers and missing key parts.
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