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    Hi-c fruit juice bicycle

    I have just bought a bike for $10. It has a "Hi-C fruit juice 6000 series" badge on the front of it. It is a steel lugged frame with shimano components on it. It looks like it's from the 1970's. I am going to make it into a single speed, but wanted to know if anyone has heard of a Hi-C bike. I can't find any info on it.

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    I'm sure it was a promotional thing, and as such the bike is probably department store quality. What kind of shimano components does it have. Pictures?

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    A picture of the headbadge would be cool.

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    Promo bikes are cool. I had a pepsi "catch the wave" made buy columbia. Hijack: anybody know what year catch the wave was the slogin?
    There are some things a man needs to believe in wether they're true or not;

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    I saw a purple Cheetos muscle bike yesterday at an antique store. That was cool. They really went out of their way to Cheet0-ize it.

    Cool indeed. If you want to see a neat promo bike, look for one of the original Yellow Submarine bicycles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tolfan View Post
    Promo bikes are cool. I had a pepsi "catch the wave" made buy columbia. Hijack: anybody know what year catch the wave was the slogin?
    1986 - "Catch the Wave" was a promo not for Pepsi but for the quick to fail "New Coke."

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    here is a picture of the head badge I also found this serial number sc5c31514.

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    I have this exact same bike! I found it in some old antique shop with the exact same components. I ended up taking it down to a fixed and making it ultra-citrus. I wish I could find out stuff about the bike but I can't.... any help would be great!




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    All this talk about Hi-C and Pepsi bikes has made me very thirsty.
    Ese dicho que me han dicho que tú has dicho que yo he dicho, ese dicho no lo he dicho, porque si lo hubiera dicho, ese dicho estaría bien dicho por haberlo dicho yo.

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    Somebody gave me a Pepsi mtn bike but it was x-mart junk.my kid cut it up when he was building "choppers".That hi-c bike is kind of neat!...I can still remember the taste of metal flavored orange drink.I wonder how many labels it took to get a bike?
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    The power of google landed me here.

    I just picked up this bike from a collector (though he collects other items). his mother's friend was a beverage distributor and ended up with 3 bikes, of which i picked up 2 (the third he had given away last year). and dammit, the last one was a Kool-Aid! man i would love to have that one!

    the first is a Hi-C bike, looks exactly like the previous pictures. the other was a Fuji "Sundance Sparklers".

    for those curious minds, the stats that i could find are as follows:
    Hi-C
    no name brand for the frame, verrrrry slick headbadge (see previous pictures), STAR brake levers and calipers (possibly Chang-Star). Shimano Skylark rear derailleur, Shimano Front derailleur (no model marking), no name cottered cranks, Serial # stamped on the bottom of the bottom bracket, comes with a kickstand, steel rims, unmarked hubs.

    Fuji "Sundance Sparklers"
    Fuji frame (fuji sticker as a headbadge), fuji viscount seat, 10 20 hi-tensile tubing, dia-compe brake levers and calipers, unmarked hubs, Araya Japan aluminum rims (i'm surprised), Shimano Tourney rear derailleur, unmarked Shimano Front derailleur, Sugino DZF Cranks, and serial # stamped on bottom of bottom bracket but in different fashion than the Hi-C bike.

    the frames look almost identical, except for the head tube lugs. both have stickers that say "made in taiwan", though the stickers are very different.

    The history i was given was these were from 1985 or 1986 and were promotional giveaway's through a local chain called Save-Mart (though i'm sure this was a national promotion through other stores). Apparently nobody had won these bikes, so the guy gave them to the collector i bought them from. he just wanted to get rid of the damn things, and make room for other things.

    my intent is to turn it into a single speed (after all, i do live in san francisco), but have no idea on how i want this to turn out. i'm almost positive i'll never run into anyone with either bike, but then again you never know. Any information about the bikes is appreciated, especially who made the Hi-C one. I would be curious to know from the other people who own this bike, what hardships / challenges / things to look out for, you've run into while converting it.



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    Funny, I have a Fuji Sundance, but it's a high end MTB? Suntour Mountech, Nitto stem, etc...,,,,BD
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    They look identical to some that Huffy made about that time.
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    If you aren't interested in preserving them just for the sake of funkiness, they would make awesome fixies.

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    Hi-C road bike

    i have a question. this is personal but im curious. i bought a bike exactly like the hi-c bike off of craigslist, but the previous owner took the stickers off. is there any chance you could tell me if your serial number starts with a SC? im trying to find out what i bought. im really excited if it is a Hi-C bike. and can you send me some close ups of the stickers. im going to get some made to make it like it was when it was made in 86.

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    James, this is my bike velospace. since those pics on velospace, i've replaced everything except for the headset and brake calipers (and am looking for better brakes). its a great ride, but heavy as hell - sits about 23pounds now (was 29 as stock). hope you didn't pay too much, but i must say, every time i ride this for critical mass in SF, i get comments like "cool bike, is that for real?" so its definitely worth the $500+ i've invested in a crappy but fun to ride bike.

    oh, and yes, my serial # starts with SC. i don't know or have a picture of it off-hand, but apparently someone mentioned this to me on velospace as well.

    I'd be glad to provide other pictures, as I took quite a few when it was stock and of course haven't modified any of the stickers etc. picture attached.

    for your reference as well, there's also one on ebay, but kind of high priced considering the bike is quite heavy. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ht_6383wt_1221

    if you have any questions i'd be glad to help you out.
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    A buddy of mine had one of these. He thought it was a Panasonic. He didn't seem very sure, though.
    It made a great fixy. There was one on the fixy gallery website a year or two ago.
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    I would love that frame for a conversion

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikedued View Post
    Funny, I have a Fuji Sundance, but it's a high end MTB? Suntour Mountech, Nitto stem, etc...,,,,BD
    Sundance isn't the model name. The bike was distributed by Sundance Sparklers. It was some kind of fruity drink. It was before my time.

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    WHOA! that is an awesome find and a perfect build-up. call yourself a proud owner for sure.

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    (To the tune of K.D. Lang's "Surrender" from Tomorrow Never Dies):

    This thread will never die,
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    with Hi-C Fruit Juice -
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    This thread will never die...


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    now I just want some juice.

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    the fuji sundance sparkler i've actually found out is most likely a fuji pulsar, as it matches spec for spec almost identically.

    as for the hi-c and the sundance sparkler, they are virtually identical except for the fork crown and head tube lubs, however all parts on the sundance are "name brand" compared to "cheap knockoffs" on the hi-c. no matter though, b/c the "name brand" parts are the lowest of the low in terms of quality on that scale. though the wheelset did fetch $40, so that's not so bad considering the bike was only $75.

    once i slap on a blue wheelset, the fuji will probably be done . . . and then on to more bike projects!

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    well i bought it off craigslist here in denver. and it wasnt expensive but i had to do alot of research to find out that it was possibly a Hi-C bike. because the previous owner took off the stickers. so i dont know actually how much its worth. but im going to have the stickers remade to look exactly like it was when it was made. i havent made any changes because im just getting into bikes. recently i got a job with in 2 miles of my house. so i wanted to save my car and i just bought the first bike i like off of craigslist. it turns out that i love it. but its heavy as hell. i havent invested anymoney besides some new tires, tube, brakes and the drop handle bar wrap.

    Are these bikes of intrest to people?

    Since i started this bicycle thing ive accuired some old vintage trek bikes that my parents neighbors gave to me. again i have no idea what these are worth if anything at all.

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    Discussion about the bike is fine here; value questions need to be taken to this sub-forum:

    http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage-bicycles-what-s-worth-appraisals-inquiries/

    -Kurt

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