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Feb
22

List of bicycle brands and manufacturing companies

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This page lists notable bicycle brands and manufacturing companies past and present. This article relates to pedal cycles. tricycles and power assisted cycles but does not include Motorcycles. For bicycle parts, see List of bicycle part manufacturing companies.

Many bicycle brands do not manufacture their own product, but rather import and re-brand bikes manufactured by others (e.g., Nishiki), sometimes designing the bike, specifying the equipment, and providing quality control. There are also brands that have, at different times, been manufacturers as well as re-branders: a company with manufacturing capability may market models made by other (overseas) factories, while simultaneously manufacturing bicycles in-house, for example, high-end models.[1]

Only brands or manufacturers that are notable as a bicycle brand should be included. If no page exists for the company or brand, then the page to be linked to should be created first or a reference provided as to its notability or the entry will probably be removed.

International manufacturers[edit]

Bicycle manufacturers are in many cases members of “Groups”, i.e. they have several product names – so-called “brands”. Examples include the following:

  • Calcott Brothers – UK (defunct)
  • Calfee Design – United States
  • Caloi – Brazil
  • Campion Cycle Company – UK
  • Cannondale – an American division of Canadian conglomerate Dorel Industries
  • Canyon bicycles – Germany
  • Catrike – United States (Recumbent trikes)
  • CCM – Canada
  • Centurion – United States
  • Cervélo – Canada
  • Chappelli Cycles – Australia
  • Chater-Lea – UK
  • Chicago Bicycle Company – United States (defunct)
  • CHUMBA – United States
  • Cilo – Switzerland
  • Cinelli – Italy
  • Ciombola – Australia
  • Clark-Kent – United States (defunct)
  • Claud Butler – UK
  • Clément – France (defunct)
  • Co-Motion Cycles – United States
  • Coker – United States
  • Colnago – Italy road bike benders
  • Columbia Bicycles – United States
  • Corima – France
  • Cortina Cycles – United States
  • Coventry-Eagle – UK (defunct – see Falcon Cycles)
  • Cruzbike – United States, recumbent
  • Cube Bikes – Germany
  • Currys – UK, no longer makes bicycles
  • Cycle Force Group – United States
  • Cycles Devinci – Canada
  • Cycleuropa Group – Sweden, manufactures such brands as: Bianchi, Crescent, DBS, Everton, Gitane, Kildemoes, Legnano, Micmo, Monark, Puch, Spectra, and Cyclepro
  • Cyclops – Australia
  • Cyfac – France
  • Dahon – United States, China
  • Dario Pegoretti – Italy
  • Dawes Cycles – UK
  • Defiance Cycle Company – UK (defunct)
  • Demorest – United States (restructured as Lycoming Foundry and Machine Company and discontinued bicycle manufacturing)
  • Den Beste Sykkel (better known as DBS) – Norway
  • Derby Cycle – Germany, owns Kalkhoff, Focus, Nishiki, Rixe, Raleigh and Univega
  • De Rosa – Italy
  • Cycles Devinci – Canada (not to be confused with daVinci Designs of United States, who make tandems.)
  • Di Blasi Industriale – Italy
  • Diamant – Germany. Owned by Trek
  • Diamant – Norway
  • Diamondback Bicycles – United States
  • Dolan Bikes – UK
  • Dorel Industries – Canada, owns Pacific Cycle and markets under brand names including Cannondale, Iron Horse, Schwinn, Mongoose, Roadmaster, and GT
  • Dunelt – UK (defunct)
  • Dynacraft – United States, owns Magna and Next
  • Kalkhoff – Germany
  • Kangaroo –
Feb
13

Material challenges of bicycle manufacturing in a post-growth world

The idea of a world based on active transport, and on cycling in particular, is a recurring theme in thinking on degrowth. This was one of the proposed transformative paths of the Manifesto of the Mouvement québécois pour une décroissance conviviale[1] and this notion also plays an important role in the reflections of the Degrowth.info group, based in Germany[2]. The mainstream media also associate degrowth with cycling.[3]

Most degrowth advocates agree that the bicycle is a useful and desirable tool in a post-growth world, although some favour the promotion of walking.[4] One of the precursors of the philosophy of degrowth, Ivan Illich, describes the bicycle as the ecological machine par excellence:

The bicycle and the motor vehicle were invented by the same generation, but they are symbols of two opposing uses of modern advancement. […] It is a wonderful tool that takes full advantage of metabolic energy to speed up locomotion. On flat ground, the cyclist goes three or four times faster than the pedestrian, using five times less calories.[5]

French engineer Philippe Bihouix, for his part, sees it as an example of a low-tech machine, despite the relative technical complexity involved in  its manufacture. Even a simple model, he points out, contains several hundred technically complex basic parts, which are difficult to produce locally. The processes include metallurgy of alloys and different metals, the machining and fitting of parts, vulcanizing tire rubber, producing anti-corrosion paints, and grease for the chain. Once built, however, “it is clearly possible for ordinary people to fully understand how it works, to tinker with it […] to keep it in good condition for many years, not to say almost indefinitely”[6] (translation).

Some currents of degrowth stress the need for production at the local level, ideally through worker self-organization. These  ideas can be found in the writing of Yves-Marie Abraham, for example, who argues that the production of the basic necessities of life should no longer be undertaken by private enterprise or the State, but by communities organized according to the principles of self-production and sharing of the means of production.[7] As many other organizations, Polémos, an independent research group on degrowth based in Montreal, also advocates a form of work organization based on cooperative and commons-based production[8].

But what exactly is involved in the production and maintenance of a bicycle in terms of work organization, material and energy resources, as well as technical choices? This study looks at the form that bicycle production could take in a degrowth context and the dependencies that this mode of transportation  entails. It considers the concept of the bicycle workshop, a facility that is smaller and more user-friendly than a modern factory, and interrogates the tensions between the simplicity of manufacture to be achieved and the technical efficiency necessary for a light manufacturing process.

Why efficiency matters

The issue of efficiency may seem too focused on industry and productivity to be a legitimate concern as far as degrowth is concerned. The drive for efficiency is sometimes associated

Apr
29

Smart Automotive Manufacturing | Rockwell Automation

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Mar
29

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