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Old 05-21-05, 08:38 AM   #1
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what happened to huffy

I remember riding a huffy bike as a kid, I was trying to find one the other day so searched on the internet. Now I find out that they filed chapter 11 and their stock trades for 8 cents. What happened? Are they still in business?
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I remember riding a huffy bike as a kid, I was trying to find one the other day so searched on the internet. Now I find out that they filed chapter 11 and their stock trades for 8 cents. What happened? Are they still in business?
Have you heard about the trade balance with China on the news? Huffy is a part of that.
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Old 05-21-05, 09:10 AM   #3
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I don't understand how that would impact Huffy specifically - everyone who makes stuff in China would be impacted equally correct?
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The fact that everyone makes stuff in China means that many got crushed
in the race to the bottom. Huffy is just one of many.
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Old 05-21-05, 10:08 AM   #5
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Huffy was a US based manufacturer of low-end bikes. Low-end bikes are now made much more cheaply in the far east. Huffy became a casualty because they could not compete on price. US based bicycle manufacturing is now limited to high-end Trek and custom builders where quality is more important than price.
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Old 05-21-05, 10:45 AM   #6
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I remember reading that Huffy moved production to Mexico a while back. It seems they have now moved to even cheaper China.

http://www.asianlabour.org/archives/000190.php
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In case you are looking for a new Huffy, check K-Mart, as Dynacraft and Pacfic under cuts them at Wal-Mart.
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Old 05-21-05, 01:40 PM   #8
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I think Pacific Cycle recently purchased Huffy. They'll be going strong at Walmart and K-Mart in the near future.

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Huffy was a US based manufacturer of low-end bikes. Low-end bikes are now made much more cheaply in the far east. Huffy became a casualty because they could not compete on price. US based bicycle manufacturing is now limited to high-end Trek and custom builders where quality is more important than price.
Your post would've been perfect without the ******** spew about quality vs price of far east made stuff.
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Your post would've been perfect without the ******** spew about quality vs price of far east made stuff.
Your inference is not my implication. The fact that cheap low-end products can be made more readily in the far east does not imply that those are the only products that can be made there. There are =excellent= quality products coming out of Taiwan.

If, however, you're going to manufacture things like bicycles in the US, you're going to sell to a market that is looking for quality work and isn't price sensitive because that's where you can compete with the far east.

It's all about margins and perceived value.
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All of this offshoring and outsourcing really saddens me. Even losing Huffy is disappointing. The U.S. used to be the number 1 bicycle manufacturer in the world (among other things). Now it seems we can't do jack sheet. We're losing it big time.



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In the current Bicycling mag, there's an article about Davis Phinney. In it is a picture of his bloody crash in the 1988 Liege-Bastogne-Liege race and he's riding a Huffy! I had no clue they ever made legitimate racing bikes.
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In the current Bicycling mag, there's an article about Davis Phinney. In it is a picture of his bloody crash in the 1988 Liege-Bastogne-Liege race and he's riding a Huffy! I had no clue they ever made legitimate racing bikes.
If I gave you $100,000, would you put a "Huffy" decal on your road bike? I'll bet Davis Phinney would.
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i thought those were rebadged.
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In the current Bicycling mag, there's an article about Davis Phinney. In it is a picture of his bloody crash in the 1988 Liege-Bastogne-Liege race and he's riding a Huffy! I had no clue they ever made legitimate racing bikes.
They didn't, but Serotta did and was paid to rebadge them "Huffy".
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All of this offshoring and outsourcing really saddens me. Even losing Huffy is disappointing. The U.S. used to be the number 1 bicycle manufacturer in the world (among other things). Now it seems we can't do jack sheet. We're losing it big time.



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Indeed. I wish there was something that could be done to prevent ours from becoming a service economy... but it seems that free markets don't care much for education or the working man.
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Old 05-21-05, 09:55 PM   #19
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Mongoose, Schwinn, GT are some of the others that got washed down the toilet. And I remember when Mongoose BMX was top of it's game in the 80's and early 90's. They sold out, to yep... walmart, academy stores etc..
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This article is a good read if you're interested in this topic.
http://www.slowtwitch.com/mainheadin...s/bikebiz.html
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a long time ago, my dad worked at a huffy factory. My parents bought me my huffy rock trail that i still ride at an LBS like 10 years ago. In fact, every bike I have had has been a huffy until just recently when I bought my Specialized. All of the huffys have come from the same bike shop and have been bombproof! I think my parents gave away all the old bikes that I outgrew, but they were never broken like the walmart stuff my little brother and sister have ridden.

That huffy mtb? the brake pads are worn down to nothing and the knobby tires were worn down to slicks, but the huffy aluminum rims have stayed true even with my lard butt riding over everything, and steel frame remains straight and unbroken (and HEAVY!)

I can't say enough good things about the huffy of old. Their bikes were reliable, strong, and long lasting. The new crap that is sold pre-broken at whatever-mart is NOT huffy.
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...The U.S. used to be the number 1 bicycle manufacturer in the world (among other things). Now it seems we can't...
It isn't just bicycle manufacturing we're losing. Basic chemicals are now moving overseas where the raw materials are cheaper. The U.S.A. seems to be following the lead of England at the end of their imperial age. The damage done here is that there are many Americans who have worked their entire lives in manufacturing jobs that no longer exist. If these folks haven't prepared themselves to do other work, they're now "retired," whether they want to be (or can afford to be) or not.

The biggest growth industry in this country for the next decade or three is "inexpensive geriatric care."
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Old 06-01-05, 05:23 PM   #23
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I remeber back in the 80's Huffy made a bike called the "Lightning". It was rather cool looking and I wanted one bad. Some of my friends had them. My mom refused to buy me one and got me a Mongoose instead. All my friends Lightning's fell apart while my Mongoose lasted several years. In fast it was the last bike she ever had to buy me before I started driving.
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In the current Bicycling mag, there's an article about Davis Phinney. In it is a picture of his bloody crash in the 1988 Liege-Bastogne-Liege race and he's riding a Huffy! I had no clue they ever made legitimate racing bikes.
In Greg Lemond's "Complete Book of Cycling" there's a pic of him riding a Huffy racing bike. It wasn't in a race and it looks like he's just training but the bike is definitely not the Huffy you'd expect. It looks like a very fast racer.

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