Great review of 1914
ABC American Bicycle Company was formed in May 1899
with Albert Spaulding as the chief architect ...and he was ruthless....
after ABC hit the skids Pope tried to pick up the pieces ... but the slow death had set in .
Bruce Epperson's most excellent book Peddling Bicycles to America goes into great detail of all the back stabbing
this is a must read if interested into American cycle history ...
1893 Columbia Expo and major railroad financial disaster ... bike sales minimal, 94 moderate increase , 95 huge demand as the economy improves and cycling become cool within the upper society circles ,,bicycle industry scrambles to build bikes tubing shortage from England does not help.. 96 production and sales continue up ...production out runs demand 97 ripples of troubles in the industry begin . Before ABC Garford does the same type monopoly in the saddle industry... he becomes the saddle King and earns the role helping Spaulding in forming ABC.
Problem the bikes built in 94-97 are just too darn good you do not need to replace them annually....for that fact if maintained I understand folks still ride 110 year bikes!
.1898 the big push to the next big thing to spur sales the Chainless...... and the coaster brake late in the year .... too little too late prices fell through the floor ... the high luster attraction to the bicycle was gone amongst the very rich as they now turned to automobiles, the young and wild to motor bikes and the common man jumped on the street cars for a nickle ...
Much money was made and lost in the cycling world ....
Thank you for posting the 1914 literature ... great to see the variety of models offered .