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Old 08-07-12, 09:01 PM   #1
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Question on a Vintage Huffy Bike

I'm looking at a vintage 10 speed huff bike on craigslist. I dont know the year and dont know if its good quality or a new cheap one.

Here's the link. http://syracuse.craigslist.org/bik/3152434703.html

Please let me know if it's a good deal or what.

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My mind has trouble using the word 'vintage' with Huffy except that it just means old.
Looks to be in good shape. Might be fully functional. Seems expensive for an old Huffy.
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Looks to be a department store quality Huffy from the 80s. We called them gas pipe bikes. Much like the old Schwinn Varsity they were heavy. I don't know if they cost that much new.
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Seems a bit on the high side for a Huffy, but it looks clean, has new tires and such...looks like it would make a good townie. I'd take a look at it and see if the seller could woo me down to $100. I'd feel better at that price...it's really a gut feeling on this one if you like it or not. It's not a "deal", it is a bike.

You're not far off the price of a new department store bike that isn't the total bottom end.
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No way I'd touch it for more than $25, no matter how nicely it cleans up. Have you looked into the availability of ISO 590 tires?
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No matter how much you polish a turd, its still a turd. I would not pay any money for a bike like that unless I really had to have the handlebars and/or the tires.
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I do not recall Huffy ever being that good of a brand......
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No way I'd touch it for more than $25, no matter how nicely it cleans up. Have you looked into the availability of ISO 590 tires?
I personally have not looked for them recently, but I suspect 26x 1 3/8 tires are still in good supply.
http://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...6x1-3-8-37-590
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=807503
http://www.ebikestop.com/kenda_stree...eel-TR5110.php

as for the OP and the bike it looks in good shape and if he/she is looking for a bike to ride around the block with the kids it would be nice at $50 to 65ish. $125 is way too high. there is no collector or other value to these bikes.
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Extremely heavy but with no redeeming benefit to the heaviness that you might find on better bikes (thinking of the electroforged Schwinns). The very poorly done cheap joints make for a flexy floppy frame. Avoid. A heavy electroforged Schwinn is a much better bike (tho' it seems many here would still rather walk); they're far far better than the typical Huffy, built with much stiffer frames and higher-spec parts, and available in the same price range. If you can find an old Schwinn for little $, usually some elbow grease and a very few specialized tools (budget more $) nets you a very satisfactory ride. If you're patient and/or willing to spend just a little more $, and do your homework here, you should be able to get a decent bike, better than an EF Schwinn. Look at 'Classic & Vintage', they cover lots of just plain 'old' also. Search using Google too, better than the native search. '(your search terms) site:bikeforums.net'

Since you're apparently new to this... The most important thing is if it fits, even more important than Huffy vs. X.

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Sunrace gumwall ISO590s on Amazon for about $8.50 each, maybe $12 per delivered. They're 60psi or so, IIRC.
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I'm looking at a vintage 10 speed huff bike on craigslist. I dont know the year and dont know if its good quality or a new cheap one.

Here's the link. http://syracuse.craigslist.org/bik/3152434703.html

Please let me know if it's a good deal or what.

Thanks
When the word Vintage is used with a vehicle (car, bicycle….) it means that it was high quality from a past time. The Huffy was not high quality when it was new and unlike wine it hasn’t gotten better with age. I would not give more than $45.00 for that bike.
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Oh, man. Brings back some of my earliest memories as a kid.

Huffy's got a bike with style
Huffy Thunder Road!


Also harkens back that classic bike song:

http://www.lyrics007.com/Queen%20Lyrics/Bicycle%20Race%20Lyrics.html
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I'm looking at a vintage 10 speed huff bike on craigslist. I dont know the year and dont know if its good quality or a new cheap one.

Here's the link. http://syracuse.craigslist.org/bik/3152434703.html

Please let me know if it's a good deal or what.

Thanks
I agree with everyone here. It's a 'what'. Not worth $125. Probably not worth $25. Keep looking.
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That's about three times what it cost new. Avoid at all costs. I rode a 10 speed Huffy due to poverty back in '79. We lasted about 2 months before I shoved it back in the garage and walked to work instead. Completely awful bike with no redeeming features. It was only 2-3 years old but it looked 20-30. Nothing ever stayed adjusted. The rims would warp overnight. The brakes always rubbed yet never managed to stop the bike. When I could manage to get everything tuned up and on the same page it had a heavy dead feeling with overtones of flimsy. It was a two-wheeled june bug.
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Agree with the others considering the price point. Sorry, but calling this Huffy a vintage is like calling a Chevy Chevette a vintage car. Now something like this..

http://www.flickr.com/photos/manifes...es/5773164289/

That's a vintage Huffy.
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That's about three times what it cost new. Avoid at all costs. I rode a 10 speed Huffy due to poverty back in '79. We lasted about 2 months before I shoved it back in the garage and walked to work instead. Completely awful bike with no redeeming features. It was only 2-3 years old but it looked 20-30. Nothing ever stayed adjusted. The rims would warp overnight. The brakes always rubbed yet never managed to stop the bike. When I could manage to get everything tuned up and on the same page it had a heavy dead feeling with overtones of flimsy. It was a two-wheeled june bug.
Some years ago I remember seeing a video of a large organized bike ride. I don’t remember all the details of this event but there was a party at the end of the ride. They had bunch of Huffy bikes (have no idea where they got all these Huffy bikes). For entertainment they had a Huffy throwing contest. Each guy would pick up a Huffy and see how far they could throw it. At the time I thought that was an awful thing to do. I thought why not give the Huffy to someone who does not have a bike. However, if the bikes are as bad as you say, that may not have been a bad thing to do after all.
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Some years ago I remember seeing a video of a large organized bike ride. I don’t remember all the details of this event but there was a party at the end of the ride. They had bunch of Huffy bikes (have no idea where they got all these Huffy bikes). For entertainment they had a Huffy throwing contest. Each guy would pick up a Huffy and see how far they could throw it. At the time I thought that was an awful thing to do. I thought why not give the Huffy to someone who does not have a bike. However, if the bikes are as bad as you say, that may not have been a bad thing to do after all.
If rage was a factor I could have won easily.

My sister bought the Huffy from the big-box store she worked at. The guy who assembled it probably was staring her tits instead of paying attention. It was a bad example of a bad example of a bike-boom 10 speed. The spooky thing was that it disappeared from the garage a few months later. No one would have stolen it, it morphed it something unspeakable and is still out there somewhere.
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Everybody bad mouths Huffy, but in 1997 I bought a Huffy mountain bike (made in USA, my 2012 Trek was made in China) for $157.00 at K-Mart to ride with my friends kids. I put over 3000 miles on it and the only problem I ever had was one flat tire. Never did anything to it except lub the chain. I still have it and other than being 40 lbs. it still works and shifts fine. I put a smooth rear tire on it and have it on a mag trainer (you don't notice the weight there) and it's still going strong.
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Greg LeMond actually rode a Huffy branded bikes in the Tour De France. I don't think Huffy's are bad, I just think the Huffy is question is way over-priced. I get several 1,000 miles out of my Walmart bikes. But I wouldn't buy a 25 year old Walmart bike for more then I could buy a new Walmart bike either.
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Greg LeMond actually rode a Huffy branded bikes in the Tour De France. I don't think Huffy's are bad, I just think the Huffy is question is way over-priced. I get several 1,000 miles out of my Walmart bikes. But I wouldn't buy a 25 year old Walmart bike for more then I could buy a new Walmart bike either.
That's hitting the nail on the head there. Unless you owned one had had fond memories of a 10 speed huffy and want to relive them, get a cheap new one, you'll be just as happy.
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As others have said, looks clean, and probably works fine, but way overpriced, when you consider what you can get for the same price. A nice used hybrind, with indexed gears, and aluminum rims for much better braking could be found at half the price.

In addition to CraigsList, consider Ebay and specify a distance from your zip code if you want to do local pickup & avoid shipping costs.
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Greg LeMond actually rode a Huffy branded bikes in the Tour De France.


somebody was a bit naive..
Huffy's sponsorship money got hand made custom bike frames painted with Huffy's name on it.
they had nothing to do with actually building it .. they never had a pro bike building division.

Eddy Merckx rode the Hour record on a custom track pursuit bike Ugo DeRosa made for him
the Mexican sponsor Windsor had their name painted on it .. same situation..

None of the stadiums with corporate names attached to them ,
paid for building the stadium either ..
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Greg LeMond actually rode a Huffy branded bikes in the Tour De France. I don't think Huffy's are bad, I just think the Huffy is question is way over-priced. I get several 1,000 miles out of my Walmart bikes. But I wouldn't buy a 25 year old Walmart bike for more then I could buy a new Walmart bike either.
You are aware that those were custom, hand built bikes? They had about as much to do with Huffy as a Rolls Royce has to do with a Chevy Chevette.

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[QUOTENothing ever stayed adjusted. The rims would warp overnight. The brakes always rubbed yet never managed to stop the bike. When I could manage to get everything tuned up and on the same page it had a heavy dead feeling with overtones of flimsy[/QUOTE]

Best discription of this type bike I ever saw
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You are aware that those were custom, hand built bikes? They had about as much to do with Huffy as a Rolls Royce has to do with a Chevy Chevette.

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This Huffy must be one of the custom ones
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