There IS light at the end of the proverbial tunnel….Keep in mind the original idea to make parts and then complete bicycles has been almost a decade in the making and now it looks like production is only months away instead of years.
Everything had to be in place one step at a time:
- The kind of bicycle to make had to be discussed and decided. After some time the idea of a “coastal” bicycle won out. This would not be a typical “cruiser” (a concept that we originated back in 1976) but an attempt to maintain the basic look of a true cruiser but with new innards that would guarantee that this would be the “Best Bicycle ever Made” of this type…..check
- How could we do that? By using Stainless Steel American tubing with 150,000 PSI and at every motive part of the bike we would incorporate Tapered Roller Bearings as found on cars and motorcycles and forego ball bearings. Roller bearings far outlast anything else and our bearings have the option of including independent seals just like on an automobile – now we would have the only bicycle in production with this platform in the world….check
- Next all the fixtures and tooling would need to be designed…check
- Most all the parts would have to be designed from scratch as well. The fork, wheels, hub, stem, seat, seat post, cranks, chain guard, rear dropouts for the inclusion of a belt instead of a chain, and finally all the fittings…..check
And brings us up to today.
We decided to make all the inner parts of the bottom bracket shell, hub itself and inner parts and stem and parts ourselves just like our frames in house rather than outsource the work and required a very expensive and specific eight axis mill turn machine. Well it’s finally in house along with a bar feeder and special transformer…..check
It still has to be electrified and we need software to run and instruction to use it but it is the part of the puzzle and it looks like the end of year all the parts will be in place to finally satisfy the demand for quality American made “coastal” bicycles.
The end user will be able to customize many things from our new interactive website and place orders from there as well.
In the coming weeks and months we will keep in touch and allow the folks interested in Emory to follow along on our progress.
We will welcome input, questions and comments and we look forward to making bikes in America again right from our plant in Jacksonville Florida.