Cannondale: It all started above a pickle factory

Joe Montgomery and a small cadre of innovative thinkers started their bicycle brand in humble quarters, not far from the railroad station that gave the company its name. What began with bike trailers grew into a premium global brand.

Here’s my latest feature for the Hearst Connecticut Media Group, which covers Wilton – where Cannondale was born and still has a presence.

Above photo courtesy of Cannondale.

In a photo from the book “Cannondale, Handmade in USA,” company founder Joe Montgomery and his son, Scott, stand in front of the Cannondale train station in 1996. Courtesy of Scott Montgomery

Published by Robert Brum

Writer/editor/storyteller, bicyclist and hiker roaming the Hudson Valley on two feet and two wheels. Brum as in drum; not Blum or Broom.

7 thoughts on “Cannondale: It all started above a pickle factory

  1. My wife and I both worked at Cannondale from 1986 to 1989—the company was growing like crazy and young people were handed enormous amounts of responsibility if they proved they could handle it. Joe & Scott (my direct boss at the time) were instrumental in my early career and I find myself harkening back to those days very fondly. I own two companies now and what I learned at C’dale (both the good and the bad) comes into play nearly every day for me.

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