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Old 04-29-12, 07:30 PM
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Friends with Huffys

Solved a new-to-me problem today. Friend's husband dropped off their Huffy. (I must choose my friends more carefully. LOL!) Chain was skipping. My first thought was worn drive train, but the problem turned out to be a chain so gunked up that most of the links wouldn't move freely. It was so bad, it actually felt at first like the bottom-bracket was adjusted too tightly too.

Probably old-hat to those who've been around for a few years.

Some cleaning followed by a good application of Frank's Chain-L put things right again.

I get a rush when I can make something work again.
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Old 04-29-12, 08:19 PM
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Huffy guy is very lucky to have a mechanic as a friend.
Normally the value vs cost of repairs on a huffy makes it not worth working on at LBS's.
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Old 04-30-12, 04:57 AM
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Your friend is luck indeed.

Every spring I get several free bikes from the scrap heaps during community spring clean-ups where the only problem is neglect. 90% need nothing more than a lube and tune up, maybe a little rust removal. Most go to the local bike co-op.
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Old 04-30-12, 05:24 AM
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Normally the value vs cost of repairs on a huffy makes it not worth working on at LBS's.
Yeah, I'm painfully aware of that. Every now and then I think about opening a garage-based repair business. (Lack of an actual garage is a huge impediment. ). Then I think about the local cycling demographic and the amount they are apparently willing and able to spend on bikes and maintenance, and I quickly change my mind.
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I wonder about a friend of mine. He has a 1999 Ford Superduty with over 200,000 miles. He has rebuilt the transmission, front drivetrain, new clutch ect... Yet his bicycle looks like it's maintained by a 6 year old.
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I wonder about a friend of mine. He has a 1999 Ford Superduty with over 200,000 miles. He has rebuilt the transmission, front drivetrain, new clutch ect... Yet his bicycle looks like it's maintained by a 6 year old.
LOL! It's ok. My car probably looks like his bike.
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