In 1891 Ignaz Schwinn emigrated to America, and in 1895 at age 31 he began producing his bicycles in Chicago. He worked at the company be founded, Arnold Schwinn, until his death in 1948. For over 50 years, a new American "safety bicycle" was pioneered and engineered to the high place that the Schwinn Built bicycle occupies.
Early in the 1930's Schwinn modernized the American bike. They reduced the wheel diameter, from 28" to 26" and fattened the tire to 2-1/8". They also introduced the balloon tire in their 1933 bike line. The balloon tire popularized by Schwinn had the some basic design found on today's mountain bikes.
In 1945 they underwrote the National Cycling Championships that put the governing body of die ABL of A on sound financial footing. They provided bikes for the U.S. Olympic Team from 1956 to 1972.