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EDucator 02-12-02 02:33 PM

A FREE bike for the taking!!!
 
Ha, ha and you thought I was simply giving one away here huh? Well not quite but I did long ago and the story goes like this:

A bunch of us decided to do a New York City ride. So we biked our way there after taking the train initially part way. The RR provided us with bike transport boxes made of cardboard. When the tour of NYC is over the plan is to return completely by train. I decide to do the novel approach and leave my mark upon the Big Apple.

I fixed up a piece of crud Huffy 10 speed and made it reliable enough to handle the punishment of NYC streets, traffic, and taxi doors. On the last day of the visit, I proudly lean the bike against a downtown parking meter and walk across the road as we wait and make bets on how long before it gets stolen!! About 5 minutes is all it took. Best part was I placed stickers on the 3 main tubes that read, "This bike has been stolen!" It was an absolute howl for us all and I got to return home with only a single bag of clothing as compared to the others!

aerobat 02-12-02 02:54 PM

Good one, ED!:D

Chris L 02-12-02 03:42 PM

Even a huffy gets stolen :eek: . Now that is scary.

RonH 02-12-02 04:22 PM

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originally posted by Chris L
Even a huffy gets stolen :eek: . Now that is scary.
One of the salesman here at my work hauls a Huffy on a trunk mount bike carrier and thinks he has a really great bike. :lol: :roflmao: :lol:

Allister 02-12-02 04:41 PM

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Originally posted by Chris L
Even a huffy gets stolen :eek: . Now that is scary.
Well I certainly wouldn't pay money for one.

John E 02-12-02 05:00 PM

I have lost two bikes to theft: a mediocre all-steel SR 10-speed and a made-by-Huffy-or-Murray Sears Free Spirit 10-speed.

In the same vein, I have lost one car to theft: a 17-year-old 1976 Ford Pinto station wagon.

Chris L 02-12-02 07:29 PM

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Originally posted by Allister


Well I certainly wouldn't pay money for one.

But would you risk going to prison for one?

LittleBigMan 02-12-02 07:52 PM

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Originally posted by EDucator
A bunch of us decided to do a New York City ride...I fixed up a piece of crud Huffy 10 speed and made it reliable enough to handle the punishment of NYC streets, traffic, and taxi doors. On the last day of the visit, I proudly lean the bike against a downtown parking meter and walk across the road as we wait and make bets on how long before it gets stolen!!
Cute one, Ed! That's really a hoot!

Only, several things come to mind:

--How could you give away something you just did a NYC ride with (Huffy, or no...in love with a "Huffy?") :eek:

--Choosing a "Huffy" to take the punishment of NYC streets and traffic: what are you trying to do, endorse "Huffy?"

--I rode a "Huffy" to work on several occasions when I was suffering "bike commuting withdrawl." Though I look back with amusement, I am not ashamed.

:p

Generic Rider 02-12-02 10:34 PM

I wonder if a bicycle theft 'sting' operation would be a deterrent to bike theft in a city. Seems with publicity, the word would get around that you could actually do time for stealing a bike and disuade some would-be thefts...just a thought...

RetroLung 02-12-02 11:08 PM

My first bike was a huffy and to this day I think of it as priceless

EDucator 02-13-02 12:05 AM

The last thing Iwould do is endorse a Huffy. I had these visions of streets riddled with potholes and manholes, glass, etc. I didn't expose my sneaky plan to the others as I didn't want one member to copy me as he was known for that. Yes, the group was shocked when they discovered my choice of a clunker over all the worthy bikes I left at home and I purposefully didn't explain my reasons at first. They thought I had flipped. I had to suffer the horrible fit & lack of performance from it but the end did justify the means:lol:

I guess I sort of contributed to a bicycle theft but, is it theft if the owner intentionally abandons it? Maybe not. Can you imagine the thoughts of some bystanders blocks away witnessing that bike riding past them in busy downtown streets while it's plastered with "STOLEN" stickers?? The idea was so novel I received a club award at the annual party for "Most Outrageous Cycling Moment" :roflmao:

Could you envision a police officer trying to figure out the validity of such a situation? :confused:

Forgot to mention that the stickers could quickly peel off so the new owner may have wasted no time in doing this shortly after claiming his "find"!

LightBoy 02-13-02 05:28 PM

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Originally posted by RetroLung
My first bike was a huffy and to this day I think of it as priceless
My first bike wasn't a Huffy (that distinction goes to some tiny little clunker - now painted pink and purple to accomidate my kid sister - that my folks found at a garage sale), but my second bike was. And I still ride it!

It's a little BMXish sort of bike, painted a lovely green-blue, and it has white tires. When I discovered that parking at the University of Minnesota was less than ample, I started stuffing the little bike in the trunk so I didn't have to walk the half mile or more to class on the days that I drove. My knees would hit my chest as I rode, so I made the addition of an 18-inch seatpost. I look really goofy riding it. It's great!

The bike's not worth much (read anything), but it's a great little bike, and I wouldn't give it up. Besides, even if it is a Huffy kid's bike, it's a Huffy kids bike from the days when the bike still weighed less than the kid. I'm not sure, but I don't think they make those anymore.


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