brief history edited from
"In 1896, the two merchants and Carl
Gottlieb Frowein Richard Holbeck take the decision to
set up a bicycle factory in Bergisch Land."
"On 12 September 1896, the "bicycle works Bismarck GmbH"
is entered in the Commercial Register Lennep...(snip)...
Beginning in 1897 and commenced production in April, the
first Bismarck bike is delivered. In the middle of the
1000 bike(s are) produced."
"In 1918 the company is renamed, from now on it is the
"bicycle works Bismarck, Schutte & Co., Bergerhof Rhld."
"In the 30s a two-speed circuit is developed, which is
integrated into the bottom bracket. The bicycles are
sold under the name "mountain valley as" a reference to
the particular type of circuit. They sell very well. In
April 2008, such a bike ( was sold )at a major
Internet...(snip)... for € 820.00."
"The building of bicycles leads to a close connection
with cycling. So many national and international
victories are won in road racing, including at stayer
"The greatest success of the racing team are in the
postwar period. In the Germany tour in 1951 and 1952,
the team's victories are won. "
"After the Second World War, the production is only
slowly. Often lack the necessary material. Nevertheless,
the bike will be produced 1,000,000 (in) 1948. The
beginning of the 50's out walking boom does not last
long, and so the Bismarck works must Sign bankruptcy in
the fall of 1957. The work is sold, the company secured
the naming rights butterfly in Bielefeld. It builds up
to the late 1990s or bicycles under this name."