Bicycles are wonderfully simple, eloquent and efficient machines.

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(See Schwinn Timeline.) Schwinn today is part of Pacific Cycle.

While Schwinn often had a reputation for building heavy bikes for kids, the Paramount line had a reputation for finely crafted, relatively light road bikes.

Even more than with adult bikes, sometimes the looks and style of kids bikes take a back seat to functional design.

Kids bikes use to often have 24 inch diameter wheels.

The bikes here are grouped here into six, somewhat arbitrary, categories: Road - lightweight bikes for traveling on streets.

The road bicycles are the museum's largest category and are divided by manufacturer, with first U. companies (Schwinn, Trek, and Raleigh America), then Italian (Bianchi), French (Peugeot, Motobecane and Roold), Japanese (Nishiki, Fuji, Kuwahara, and Univega), and Taiwanese (Giant). For example, Raliegh was historically an English company.

(See Campagnolo History.) The head tube lugs are chromed, which was apparently an extra option.

Racers did not use chromed lugs since they added weight, but they give the bike an eloquent touch.

Kids - kids can, of course, ride smaller adult bikes.