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Olympic bike designer and Niner engineer George Parry dies at 58

Published August 11, 2021

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Industry veteran George Parry died at age 58 on Aug. 2. Parry had been Niner Bikes' engineering and production manager since 2010 but had worked in the bike industry since 1987 when he was hired as a mechanic at Fort Collins' Lee's Cyclery.

Parry, who received a BS in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, later worked as a design and structural test engineer for GT Bicycles and Schwinn/GT. He was involved in the development of the GT Olympic track bikes used at the 1996 Olympics. After a brief stint in the aircraft industry from 2001-2003, he returned to the industry as a senior designer for Cannondale in 2003.

Parry was born in Aspen, Colorado, and grew up there, where he excelled at skiing, motocross, skateboarding, ice skating, cycling, and unbridled mischief, according to a family obituary

He began racing bicycles while attending college in Tucson, Arizona, and at Colorado State University. 

Through the bicycle community in Fort Collins he met Launie Korth, and the two married in 1996. They have two daughters: Katie and Sarah. He is survived by his wife and daughters, mother Carolyn Parry (Hiatt), sister Amy Collier, five nephews, and a niece.

The family suggested that donations in Parry's honor could be made to the following organizations:

A memorial was held Aug. 7 in Fort Collins and a group ride in his memory left from Niner Bikes headquarters later that day. 

George Parry

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