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Does This Swing Bike Mean a Thing?

Published December 13, 2007

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Ryan Beers sure hopes swinging isn't dead. A swing bike that is.

Beers is one of the founders of Americas Bike Company, a San Diego start-up that has reinterpreted the short-lived, banana seat, chopper handlebar swing bike of the late 1970s as a modern beach cruiser, according to the L.A. Times.

A hinge on the tube connects to the seat, allowing the bike's rear end to move independently from the front, thus making it a Swing Bike.

"It spices up the boardwalk and makes a regular bike seem boring. It really attracts a crowd," Beers told the L.A. Times. The 27-year-old former BMX bike racer, with the help of silent partners, is investing $1.2 million in the business, which also includes a line of classic cruisers, according to the newspaper.

For full L.A. Times story on Americas Swing Bike, click on the link.

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