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GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
8,448
5,989
Central Arizona
#11
I believe Schwinn only made BFG's through the mid '50s.

The purge took as long as the legal debacle. BF Goodrich's automotive and appliance stores were responsible for as much as 25% of Schwinn's sales at times throughout two decades that began in the Depression. But Goodrich sold Schwinns as a loss leader to get people into the store to buy appliances and car tires. Goodrich employees were not trained to properly assemble or display the bikes and the competition was hurting authorized dealers. Schwinn eliminated Goodrich's 1,700 locations from their retail network in 1962. From 15,000 possible retail outlets in the early 1950s, Schwinn was down to just 3,000 in 1967. The winnowing halted at around 1,700. At the end of the 60s, Schwinn had just 22 regional distributors to keep in line.

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I've seen BFG badged bikes at least thru the 50's. There were not special BFG named models though.
 

Oilit

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 30, 2015
515
343
Concord NC
#12
The purge took as long as the legal debacle. BF Goodrich's automotive and appliance stores were responsible for as much as 25% of Schwinn's sales at times throughout two decades that began in the Depression. But Goodrich sold Schwinns as a loss leader to get people into the store to buy appliances and car tires. Goodrich employees were not trained to properly assemble or display the bikes and the competition was hurting authorized dealers. Schwinn eliminated Goodrich's 1,700 locations from their retail network in 1962. From 15,000 possible retail outlets in the early 1950s, Schwinn was down to just 3,000 in 1967. The winnowing halted at around 1,700. At the end of the 60s, Schwinn had just 22 regional distributors to keep in line.

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I've seen BFG badged bikes at least thru the 50's. There were not special BFG named models though.
Interesting!
 

Floyd

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 1, 2009
205
578
Pittsburgh, United States
#13
Good looking rusty Murray! I spent ten wonderful days last april bicycling in FL on a rusty crummy Murray i overpaid for on CL. Have fun with yours!
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