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Old 03-16-14, 09:37 AM   #1
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Identifying My First "Adult" Bike

Around 1976, I bought my first "adult bike" with money I had saved from my paper route. It was a 10-speed road bike that I purchased from J.C. Penny's for $119 (if I remember correctly). It was one of the first bike's with disk brakes. I rode it until it was stolen in the early eighties. That is all I can remember.

Does anyone have any idea what the brand and model might be for this bike.

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J. C. Penny, Like Sears and other stores tended to have their own brands of bicycles.

Your best bet to identify it would be to search online for old J. C. Penny's catalogs... I know I found a friend's old Sears bike that away.
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Around 1976, I bought my first "adult bike" with money I had saved from my paper route. It was a 10-speed road bike that I purchased from J.C. Penny's for $119 (if I remember correctly). It was one of the first bike's with disk brakes. I rode it until it was stolen in the early eighties. That is all I can remember.

Does anyone have any idea what the brand and model might be for this bike.

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Did it look anything like this photo?
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Could it have been Sears rather than JC Penny?

They had the disc brake bike in 1980:

They also had the even goofier hydraulic brake bike in 1975:
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I believe JC Penny was one of the first to offer a bike (made by Huffman) with the Shimano disc brake in the '70s. You can see the disc brake bikes in the 1975 "Great America Bicycle Tour": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k10233DdFi0

Here is another video showing one of these bikes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eqqa0sg9HNo

A close-up of the Shimano disc brake can be seen here: 2002 Disc Brake Up Close | The Sprocket Podcast
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A couple of these JC Penney disc brake bikes have popped up on CL over the years. Usually brown. I don't think they had any more identification than "JC Penney" downtube graphics.
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Did it look anything like this photo?
Other than the color, that is pretty close to what it looked like.
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Could it have been Sears rather than JC Penny?

They had the disc brake bike in 1980:

They also had the even goofier hydraulic brake bike in 1975:
Definately Penny's. I remember walking through the door with my first $100 dollar bill in my wallet. It didn't spend very long in my wallet through, just long enough to get from the savings and loan to Penny's.
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I believe JC Penny was one of the first to offer a bike (made by Huffman) with the Shimano disc brake in the '70s. You can see the disc brake bikes in the 1975 "Great America Bicycle Tour": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k10233DdFi0

Here is another video showing one of these bikes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eqqa0sg9HNo

A close-up of the Shimano disc brake can be seen here: 2002 Disc Brake Up Close | The Sprocket Podcast
Thanks for the great video. The second video is probably the bike I owned.
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A couple of these JC Penney disc brake bikes have popped up on CL over the years. Usually brown. I don't think they had any more identification than "JC Penney" downtube graphics.
I will have to keep an eye on Craig's List. My bike was brown.
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+1 Its a Huffy, rebranded as J C Penney.
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