Last weekend, I bought my first vintage bike, a Huffy Bay Pointe built in July 1986.
I've been looking for a 1950s-70s 3-speed Schwinn Racer or Speedster -- and still intend to own one when I find a decent example near me -- but this one just happened to be available for a decent price when we were camping over the holiday, so I cut a deal and brought it home.
During my off time this week, I've cleaned it up and got everything lubed and adjusted. It rides well despite needing new tires (I'm ordering Michelin World Tour 26x1-3/8s) and the Shimano 3S shifts nicely. Stops well, too. That's always a plus!
I put a little shine on it, but I've no plans at this point to do any painting on it. They're only original once, after all, and even with a shine it has a nice "someone got their money's worth" patina that I like.
My question is: Why do these bikes have a bad reputation? I think if they survive 28 years like this one has, cheap or not, we should honor that. Just my 2 cents.
Here's "B.P." with "Blue," my 2011 Magna.