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    Panama jack cruiser

    Anyone seen this thing. I know huffy isn't the greatest company but it's a neat bike. I might get one for my wife. Has a cup holder, bottle opener and cooler rack

    Huffy Panama Jack 26" Women's Cruiser Bike - Blue : Target

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    It is a cool vintage looking bike. I know a guy that has one. He rides all over downtown everyday and has no issues with it. It weighs about 45 lbs though.

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    We routinely rent a couple of Huffy cruisers when we go to Savannah, a bit heavy but seem durable enough. I have a Huffy that I bought at WM that is okay, but it was the 3rd one, had to take the first two back when the rear hubs self destructed in the first week of riding.

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    I looked at those last year for the GF. When looking at the welds I became a believer in child labor, because only a 5 year old could have made welds with that many gaps. Not against a well priced bike, I own a beast, but some things just are not worth it. I have a friend who used to tour cross country that now rides a cranberry a few nights a week on the MUP, seems to be working fine for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdswitters View Post
    I looked at those last year for the GF. When looking at the welds I became a believer in child labor, because only a 5 year old could have made welds with that many gaps. Not against a well priced bike, I own a beast, but some things just are not worth it. I have a friend who used to tour cross country that now rides a cranberry a few nights a week on the MUP, seems to be working fine for him.
    Tell me about the welds! I had to put caulking on mine to keep water from running down inside the tubes! I also like the way they didn't bother to clean them up, just painted over the weld splatter and all, but what do you expect for $69.95...

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    If it were me.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Njbudman81 View Post
    Anyone seen this thing. I know huffy isn't the greatest company but it's a neat bike. I might get one for my wife. Has a cup holder, bottle opener and cooler rack

    Huffy Panama Jack 26" Women's Cruiser Bike - Blue : Target
    the first thing I would do when I got it home was to strip it down, clean out and replace all the original grease (if any), and reassemble it properly. Easy enough to do on this type of bike if you're able to properly set up and adjust the headset, wheel, bottom bracket bearings and properly secure the brake, it will pedal easier, last longer, and you'll have a safer ride....the key point being that you know what you are doing!


    Neighbor purchased new a big box store bike a couple of years ago that had no, that's right no grease in the rear hub. He said it made a funny noise when he rode it the first time. No wonder
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    Aaron, $69.99 for a Panama Jack?!? I'll take four at that price. They cost $139.95 plus tax everywhere I've seen them in stock.
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    Hi, I jujst bought a Panama Jack bike at Walmart for $190.00. Love the way ot looks and love cruiser bikes, however, when I pedal it makes a noise like something is hitting something, checked all over, fenders not touching, kickstand, tightend all nuts bolts, chainguard, you name it, but it still makes the noise, bujt only when I pedal (tighten the pedals also), anyone have any ideas? Thanks. jake9364@sbcglobal.net

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    might be a loose crank bearings, or over-tight rear hub bearings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bicyclridr4life View Post
    Aaron, $69.99 for a Panama Jack?!? I'll take four at that price. They cost $139.95 plus tax everywhere I've seen them in stock.
    Not the Panama Jack version I have the Crapbrook (Cranbrook) version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jake9364 View Post
    Hi, I jujst bought a Panama Jack bike at Walmart for $190.00. Love the way ot looks and love cruiser bikes, however, when I pedal it makes a noise like something is hitting something, checked all over, fenders not touching, kickstand, tightend all nuts bolts, chainguard, you name it, but it still makes the noise, bujt only when I pedal (tighten the pedals also), anyone have any ideas? Thanks. jake9364@sbcglobal.net
    Read my earlier post....and don't be surprised if you find NO grease in one or more of the bearing assemblies, or they are improperly adjusted, or both! Plenty of on line how to tutorials/videos.

    And by the way, welcome to the forum. LIke many of us, you may just find that you enjoy working on your bike and setting it up properly.

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    I would spend a little more and get a nice Townie type bike with an AL frame.

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    A friend of my son's rode that for a couple of years until it broke. For that price, it was fine.
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    had to adjust hubs and true the wheels a bit on the huffy cruiser I put together. Spoke nipples were bigger than my wrenches so I used an adjustable... Kind of awkward.

    Both hubs were way tight but grease was decent , just added a little to the rear hub

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