For those of us not yet born then or still living on different continents or not yet into bicycles, when did all this happen, approximately?
Maybe a timeline of American builders/manufacturers would be useful. Could start from the very beginning. With all those glorious pre-WW I brands, when American bikes were considered the best of the world. But mostly the current stuff, from Wastyn via Paramount, the early pioneers such as Eisentraut and others, etc. The little I know is from Konlin/De la Rosa's book "The Custom Bicycle," not the most reliable of sources.
It should include off-topic brands, such as Diamond Back (may have been on-topic in the early days) and Cannondale.
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and I'll put it in an upcoming issue of Vintage Bicycle Quarterly on
Jan Heine, Seattle
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