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#1 2015-03-03 6:58am

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Company names; Lets list their origins

Do you know how companies decided on a name?
If so let's put em in one thread.

Some easy ones:

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#2 2015-03-03 7:00am

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Re: Company names; Lets list their origins

Mongoose - Tom "the Mongoose" Macewan

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You can see Maurice the mongoose on there too..GAry

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#3 2015-03-03 7:34am

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Re: Company names; Lets list their origins

Studd -  Due the use of studs and a slotted chainring instead of chainring bolts.   The story behind their Factor 1 frame is cool.  Bill Green was watching a military miniseries where a drill sergeant says he is going to find out the studfactor of the platoon.  That stuck out to him, and voila.  wink


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#4 2015-03-03 7:36am

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VDC - Voris Dixon Company

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#5 2015-03-03 9:23am

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Re: Company names; Lets list their origins

MCS- originally Moto Cross South, then changed to Moto Cross Specialties.

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#6 2015-03-03 9:31am

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Re: Company names; Lets list their origins

Kastan - linn Kastan.
Redline - linn Kastan & Mike konle.
Champion - Doug Schwerma.
Diamondback - koizumi.
Hutch - Richard Hutchins.
Cook Bros - Craig & gary Cook.
Patterson - Vance Patterson.
CW Racing - Roger Worsham - Coast Wheels bike shop.
Haro - Bob Haro.
DG - Dan & Gary.

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#7 2015-03-03 9:39am

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Re: Company names; Lets list their origins

JMC- Jim Melton Cycles


Please.....no Tuff Wheels on full on race bikes...original graphite’s only and pre 81
Let me guess you were factory sponsored in
the 80’s...
So how many years were you a Pro....
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#8 2015-03-03 9:40am

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Greg “Scott” Swingrover and Chris “Mad Dog” Moeller, S&M Bikes

Just realized you already did this one tongue

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#9 2015-03-03 9:44am

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KGB Martti Kuoppa and Jorge Gomez
cool


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#10 2015-03-03 9:49am

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Re: Company names; Lets list their origins

Oakley - The name "Oakley" came from a combination of Oakland and Berkeley, the two cities in California that James Jannard (owner of Oakley) frequently visited as a child

I've heard from way back in the magazines that his dog may have been named Oakley as well??

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#11 2015-03-03 10:11am

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Murray

Murray Ohio Manufacturing Company was founded in 1919 to make fenders, fuel tanks, and other automobile parts

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray_%28bicycles%29
http://www.re-cycle.com/History/Murray.aspx


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#12 2015-03-03 10:12am

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Stolen.

Don't have a clue as to it's history but I hate that damn name. When folks start threads about them I'm not sure they're referring to a brand name or something that was just heisted. hmm


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#13 2015-03-03 10:14am

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KHE

Back in the days, we produced a shirt with the print "Kinky Huge Elephant" on it because everybody asked us about the meaning of "KHE".

But the truth is, KHE is just a short cut of our home town Karlsruhe. Karlsruhe (KHE) is a city with 300.000 inhabitants and a lot of history: In 1817 the first bicycle was invented from "Freiherr von Drais" and it was called the "Draisine". The first car was built in Karlsruhe, too. It was in the year 1886 and Carl Benz (from Daimler-Benz) manufactured the first automobile.

http://www.khebikes.com/2015/intro-p-1257.html


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#14 2015-03-03 10:15am

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Dyno

http://www.23mag.com/com/dyno/dyno.htm

DYNO.
Bob Morales is the founder of Dyno. Dyno's first product line included BMX jerseys, racing pants and T-shirts.
Bob Morales, BMX Action june 1987: Gary Turner thought it sounded good. It was either that or Targa.



Well, that's my 3 FAV's  cool


You can find history on most companies here .... http://www.23mag.com/index.htm

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#15 2015-03-03 10:15am

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JT Racing

Now this story I love. smile From: http://www.jtracingusa.com/history/

Amazingly, it all started with socks. Colorful, stretchy motocross socks that John and Rita Gregory – a pharmacist couple living in San Diego – figured might sell well enough to offset John’s growing racing expenses during the late 1960s. The couple sold socks out in the desert and at the track from the trunk of their car, as well as from a glass case in their pharmacy lobby.

The socks sold quite a bit better than expected, and by 1970 the Gregorys had shuttered the pharmacy and were pursuing their fledgling motocross business full-time. The new company needed a name when a business license became necessary, and one was conjured hastily while in line at the county office. John offered ‘TJ’, or Tijuana, where the socks originated. But Rita swapped the letters due to TJ’s seedy reputation. At that moment, JT Racing Imports was born.

lol


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#16 2015-03-03 10:18am

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Originally called Northern Cycle Industries, the name was deemed too long and changed to NORCO in 1968


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#17 2015-03-03 11:52am

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cool can't wait to read  more.


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#18 2015-03-03 11:57am

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Patterson Racing

Started (I believe) by Vance Patterson for his son's Brent and Brian who were and did dominate BMX for years.

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#19 2015-03-03 12:10pm

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Re: Company names; Lets list their origins

KUWAHARA

The company was started as a small family business in Osaka, Japan in 1918 by Sentar? Kuwahara. With his wife and eight children, he began a local bicycle parts wholesaler.[2] In 1925, Kuwahara began to export bicycles and parts to Russia, China and Southeast Asia, closing the business from 1940 to 1945 during World War II.[3] Nineteen fifty-nine saw the first delivery of Kuwahara bikes to the USA. Sentaro Kuwahara died the following year, with his son Masao taking his place.


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#20 2015-03-03 12:47pm

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RRS - Redlands Riverside Schwinn

SE - Scott Enterprises

Clayborn - the trails the owners rode were clay so they said thier frame was "born" there

Never asked Rick where Standard came from, but the 63 on all his frames was his ABA racing number one year in the early 80's


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#21 2015-03-03 1:02pm

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A discussion between Taj and Joe R. way back when.  In a nutshell... my signature.


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#22 2015-03-03 1:36pm

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lol

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#23 2015-03-03 1:46pm

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Re: Company names; Lets list their origins

odi- ornate designs inc.

dk- dads and kids

there is a zillion of em

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#24 2015-03-03 1:56pm

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Re: Company names; Lets list their origins

Schwinn =  Ignaz Schwinn


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#25 2015-03-03 2:04pm

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Re: Company names; Lets list their origins

B B Racin' was the house brand for Bike Brokers out of Ft. Myers, Florida, one of the early bmx distributors.

Fabweld was short for Fabrication/Welding

The original Bonzais were GCS Bonzai, the GCS was Gold Coast sales, another really early bmx distributor out of West Palm Beach, Florida.

Thruster was so named because Sammy Miller built rocket cars.

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