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Information about Gazelle

Gazelle was founded in 1892 in the Netherlands by Willem Kölling and Rudolf Arentsen. Initially they began importing English bicycles to resell. In 1902 their own production started under the name "Gazelle". They soon became very successful, especially exporting to the Dutch East Indies colony. As well as bicycles, Gazelle also produced motorised bicycles and tricycles, but recently decide to draw their focus back to non-motorised bikes. In 1992 the eight-millionth bicycle was built and for their 100 year jubilee the company was awarded the title "royal".

The expansion of Gazelle

Since it was founded in 1892, Gazelle has become the largest bicycle brand in the Netherlands and has an annual production of 350,000 bikes. Today they manufacture a wide range of high quality city bicycles and leisure bicycles.


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Alan Logo

  • Country: Italy
  • Founder: Falconi Lodovico
  • Founding Year: 1972
  • Website: www.alanbike.it

A History of ALAN

ALAN was founded in 1972 by Falconi Lodovico, naming the brand after the names of his sons; Alberto (AL) and Annamaria (AN). Falconi wanted to create something new amongst the wave of Italian frame-builders who used steel to construct their bicycles. After much research, Lodovico discovered the possibilities of aluminium and created a new patent for his construction methods, one that revolutionised the industry.


Instead of simply welding tubes together like traditional steel frames, he created threaded tube junctions, where various elements of the frame would screw into each other before being bonded together. This unique method also used a special glue from the aeronautical industry, and ALAN frames quickly became known for their structural integrity and quality of construction.


ALAN bicycles dominated the cyclocross scene for the following 20 years, and many professional riders on the road also used ALAN frames. The sporting successes of Lodovico's brand are astounding - 20 World Cyclocross Championships, 5 World Track Championships, wins of the Spring Classics and stage victories in the Grand Tours.


Such was the prestige and respect for the brand, many bigger companies sought help in designing their products from ALAN (Guerciotti and Colnago to name but a few). ALAN were also the first pioneers of carbon fibre technology in cycling, constructing frames that combined carbon and aluminium as early as 1976. Professional cycling only saw carbon fibre bicycles take off in the 21st Century, thus the forward thinking approach of Falconi appears to be particularly special.


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