Ignaz Schwinn

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Ignaz Schwinn (1860-1948) was a designer, a founder, and the eventual sole owner of the Schwinn Bicycle Company.


Ignaz Schwinn was born in the town of Hardheim, Germany in 1860. In his early years, he completed a mechanical apprenticeship, after which he became an itinerant bicycle repairman.[1] Schwinn reportedly had a falling-out with an early partner in Germany over brake designs and decided to seek his fortune abroad.[2] He arrived in Chicago in 1891 and, by 1895, had teamed with Adolph Arnold, another German immigrant, to found Arnold, Schwinn, and Company.[3] In 1908, Schwinn bought Arnold's interest, thereby becoming sole owner.[1] Ignaz Schwinn maintained the original company name and ran operations through World War II, after which his son Frank succeeded him, the name was changed to the Schwinn Bicycle Company, and the corporation grew to have national standing in the market.[4] Ignaz Schwinn died in 1948 of a stroke.[5]


  1. ^ a b L Lee (1999) The Name's Familiar , Pelican Publishing Company.
  2. ^ Richard Schwinn sourced from A Look Back: Who was Ignaz Schwinn?.
  3. ^ D Kindersley (2016) Bicycle: The Definitive Visual history , Penguin Random House.
  4. ^ F Andrews (1996) It's a Schwinn! , The New York Times, December 1.
  5. ^ L Dzierzak (2002) Schwinn , MVP Books.

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