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Anna Schwinn

The Engineer

I’m the Lead Engineer for All-City.

I’m also the only Engineer for All-City.  So that’s fun.

My formal education is in Mechanical Engineering.  In my nearly six years in the bike industry I have designed frames, frame parts, and components (drive-train and cockpit) in carbon, aluminum, and steel for Tri, TT, Road, Track, Cyclocross, and Mountain. 

I’ve been with All-City since December, 2010.  I design the parts and frameparts (dropouts, seat collar, etc) and frames you see here.  I sketch them up.  I model them.  I do the math.  I make sure they work.  I make sure they’re pretty.  I figure out how to test and evaluate them… and then test and evaluate them.  And then, after everything goes into the world and people ride them, I figure out how to improve them or put them to bed for something better.

I dig designing for All-City because I feel like we have our priorities straight.  While we draw a lot from tradition, tradition doesn’t limit us in terms of how we define or approach product.  Each bike is designed to serve our rider, not to serve a category with some pre-conceived notion of what a certain type of bike should be.  We invest in the details that I personally nerd-out on.  We invest in solving problems in the way we feel is most appropriate.

Everything has to be clever.  Everything has to be beautiful.

I love the products we bring to market because they are the products that I genuinely want for myself and for my friends.

While I love screwing around on trails, I get my kicks bombing around on pavement and at the track.  My major extracurricular activities these days revolve around getting together a women’s track team, Koochella, and growing the women’s field at the NSC Velodrome.  I love watching bike races.

I’m a native ‘Sconnie.  I race track, run my mouth. I love beer and karaoke.

The End.

The Nature Boy 853 is Real and Coming this Fall

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Yes, it's real, and it's stunning. The wait will soon be over for those of you hoping that we would apply some Macho King magic to our beloved single speed disc platform.

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