A few weeks ago I stubbled on a "How do they do that" type of programme on Channel 5 in the UK, showing how the constructed and assembled a leading brand (can't naturally remember which) of mountain bike in a factory in Taiwan. I found this amazing, watching the frame builders bend and shape the aluminum tubes, weld the frame and assemble the bike.
My post to the forum is two fold.
1) Does anyone know of any videos online showing the complete bike building process (Aluminum comes in here as raw material, shiny bikes go out here. I've found some from specialist frame builders, but none from a major production line. It would be great to see them creating Apollo, Boardman, Trek, Merida, Giant or Cannondale bikes for example.
2) This got me thinking how little we know about the journey the machines we all love before the end up at the LBS, high street retailer or are delivered to our door. Are there any (major) brands which have ethical policies, i.e. fairtrade for bikes, or show videos of this journey?