Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries - Stolen vintage bike...help please
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03-28-12, 05:00 AM
My mother had her vintage Huffy stolen that she had since she was 10...Im looking to replace it with the same model, but have no idea what it was. Im hoping someone here can help point me in the right direction.
She got the bike in 1966, it was a single gear blue/green bike (not sure if that is just b/c the color faded), female, had a metal square basket on the front, and I believe white seat/white hand grips (might be wrong there)...
Any help as to what model this may have been or where I could possibly find one would be great!
03-29-12, 12:05 AM
Try Craig's List and keep watching there. Perhaps the thief will offer it for sale.
03-29-12, 03:45 AM
Huffy/Huffman has about a 70 year history...They is at least one site dedicated to Huffys and maybe Daytons. Oldroads? would be like the Radio Attic archives for bikes. You haven't told us years the bike could be from, what type of frame (full-size balloon bikes come in SEVERAL frame types and styles and then cantilevered bottom bars ala Schwinn middleweights are SMALLER frames vs. Schwinn, up until the 1990s when Huffy and Schwinn were owned by the same company. The Cranbrook and others have a different smaller middleweight variant where the top bar suggests a hump, not the uninterrupted arc of the traditional frame style (Hawthorne, Rollfast, Western Flyer, later 50s Hercules, AMF built, Murray).
Huffy made a lot of English 3-speeds, banana bikes and 5-12 speeds as well.
What you need to do is start with what I told you to look over, find what who think is the type you are looing for and use the search engines to find links and eBay.
Here's the thing. Some of these bikes aren't cheap. 40+ year old bike sales are a big business for the sellers who fix them up to look and ride like new.
You might be wise to just ask mom what she had and like the previous poster mentioned, follow Craigslist. Your police department has probably sent a list of bike descriptions to pawn shhops and thrift stores already,
By the way, have you checked the auctions they have of unclaimed bikes or the impound yard where stolen and seized bikes go? Usually the police hire one auctioneer to dispose of these bikes.
Don't waste time! Stolen and unclaimed properties tend to have only a THREE MONTH (90 DAYS) hold period and then they are sellable or retrievable by the finder.
And now you both know how important it is to not just lock it up better but to keep it out of the sight of other, not let on that it's even there.
Finally, many bike thieves don't even care how special your bike is...It's worth more as parts, just like cars. Parts will fetch a fortune from those wanting to fix their own bikes and parting a bike of car brings more money then the whole. If you don't ID it and register it with the police/sheriff it's likely gone even with all the efforts.
I hope you find that bike because if it's as vintage as you imply it's beyond a paper route i'd fear.
But do research and get back. We hate bike thieves, they make politicians look much better.
03-29-12, 11:19 AM
Thanks for the replies. I found that history site you mentioned, there was some good information there.
It's very similar to this one:
I'm going to hit the pawn shops this weekend, maybe ill get lucky.
03-29-12, 05:33 PM
ok...so i found the model i was looking for:
It's called a Rollfast I believe (which may or may not be huffy?). The last pic on the page looks dead up like it. Now I just need to find one for sale...
03-29-12, 06:11 PM
Sorry to hear it was stolen. Theft is no fun and bicycle theft is just heartbreaking.
Do you happen to have any pictures of it? That would help a lot. There were dozens of brands/names making thousands of bikes that look "very similar" to the ones posted so far. It's kind of like saying you had a car made in 1966 that was blue with a white interior. Could be literally anything.
Best of luck finding it. Put a "stolen" ad in the bicycle section of the local craigslist with the best description you can come up with and notify the police if you haven't already done so. Unfortunately, bicycle theft is nearly universal. Next time keep it locked up or inside the house and take pictures and write down the serial numbers of any bikes you own.
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