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    AMF Bicycles

    Anyone ever heard of the old school company AMF?? My dad used to have one of these when I was a kid back in the late 70s, and I can vaguely remember it. I tried to do some searching, and found one on ebay. Anyone ever heard of the company, or can anyone tell me more about it? By the way, check out the shifters on this bad boy I found on ebay!!!! lol.


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    I think they might have been the parent company of Harley Davidson, but sometimes my brain deceives me.

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    Yeah, I've seen 70's Harleys with the AMF logo on them. But I've also seen AMF bowling alleys. I guess they did a little of everything.

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    American Machine & Foundry

    They've been into a little of everything. They manufacture bowling equipment and run allies, but they've also been into boats, and yes, they owned Harley at one time. The AMF Harleys are widely regarded as the biggest pieces of noisy crap ever to have leaked oil, but the employees of HD bought AMF back out, and things have been much better since!
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    AMF Roadmasters were the bikes ridden in the little 500 in the movie "Breaking Away". Saw one come through my local bike shop last year. Right up there with Huffy.
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    My first bike was an AMF Bmx. Sill have it. Top tube protector and everything....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ollo_ollo
    AMF Roadmasters were the bikes ridden in the little 500 in the movie "Breaking Away". Saw one come through my local bike shop last year. Right up there with Huffy.
    Lol.....my Dad must've had terrible taste in bicycles if these things were compared to Huffys

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    My first bicycle (I remember fondly) was a AMF Roadmaster, Jr. I was probably purchased (or if I know my dad was exchanged for S&H Green Stamps) around 1964 or 1965. It was green with a solid metal seat and solid rubber tires. It was, in short, indestructible. I must have ridden a million miles on NYC flagstone sidewalks.

    Yes...even crappy bikes can foster happy memories.

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    They sponsored a very good American cycling team in the '70's or early '80's. Really, it's true!

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    I still have my circa-1973 AMF Roadmaster Scorcher orange 10-speed.

    That old bike served me well back then; before I got my first car I rode that thing all over the towns where I went to school and work.

    More recently, I rode it for about a year before getting my Trek. The back wheel has suffered some sort of damage over the years and won't quite true up, and the bottom bracket has a disconcerting amount of play in it, but it's still very ridable.

    I plan to do some upgrades on it and keep it on the road. First thing on my agenda is to swap out the pedals (the last time I rode it, I about couldn't figure out how to pedal since it doesn't have clipless pedals), and replace that rear wheel.
    You are what you eat... and I eat a lot of fruit and nuts.

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