Cruisin' on my Bluebird
1928 Indian Bicycles Catalog Part 2
Here's the I believe is somewhere between 1924-1926 Indian Motorcycle Company brochure on the Merkel Motor Wheel. A long time Indian collector had marked this 1922 which I do not believe to be correct.
There are many articles on the Hendee and Hedstrom partnership and their motorcycle mission from 1900-1916. What seems lost is the bicycle side of the story from 1901 to 1916. This is where the gaps are?
I had heard that the Sears Chief was created in response to the popularity of Indian bicycles.
But it seems that it may have been the other way around? Sears had a Chief in 1915, which means they had developed it in 1914 (or at least early 1915). Perhaps because of the popularity of the Chief, they decided to experiment with marketing an Indian late in 1915?
I agree, been searching and nothing so far after 1901 until 1915 article introducing the 1916 models that you found. Still looking, hoping to find a nugget that says bicycle production being discontinued in 190_. Trying to dig through 1901 docs now and 1902 next. I hear people talk about bikes from 1912-1915 but so far nothing to support there were any manufactured. If anyone has proof of production these years I'd love to see it.
To fully understand the Indian strategy and their growth, one must fully understand the economic climate at the time.