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Garage find... 1976 Huffy Independence

Old 04-29-11, 05:26 PM
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Garage find... 1976 Huffy Independence

Hi guys, when i bought my last house I found this bike hanging in the garage, its a (I'm assuming) 1976 Huffy Independence 10 speed bike. To me it looks all original, and still has caps on the end of the axles. The seat is probably the coolest part of the bike. I put air in the tires and rode it, it rides pretty nice, but it does not shift into high gear (simple adjustment). The front tire does not hold air, and the tires are dry rotted, I'm also assuming they are original. There are scratches on the frame and surface rust on the chrome. Has anybody seen these for sale and whats it worth? I googled it and found a couple, but no prices, and none had the seat like I have. it is missing front reflector, and 1 front brake pad. Posting pics and you should be able to see the condition.
Thanks for looking, Chris
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Old 04-30-11, 12:42 PM
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I don't think this has any collector value.

My best guess of the value is $40 as is. Maybe $65 with new tires and tubes.
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Old 04-30-11, 10:24 PM
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The Huffy is no 1966 Corsa, Sprint by Fitch or a Yenko Stinger.
Not even a Monza.
It is from a time when Huffy was making bikes to a price point with outdated techniques and expensive labor, not much inherent quality to work with.
It is a $40. bicycle if it functions. Unfortunately to tune it up is beyond its price point.
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Old 05-01-11, 05:56 AM
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I think it was hidden in the garage for a reason. are those 26x1 3/8 wheels?
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I'm sure there's a buyer out there, it's just a matter of finding them.

Don't forget, even Gremlins and Pacers have owners clubs and collectors.


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You might get $20 for the saddle on eBay, it is kind of neat-o
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Donation fodder, take to your favorite charity and get a receipt. Not worth the time and expense to fix, and minimal value in current state.

Saddle could garner a few dollars on ebay, questionable whether it is worth the headache.
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it may be worth more as a pop culture/bicentennial collectible than a bicycle.
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Thanks for the info, And yeah I know about the weirdo clubs... I'm in the Corvair club... I think I'm just going to put some tires on it, Clean it up and ride it. I think I might change the seat just so it dont get ruined.

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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
I think it was hidden in the garage for a reason. are those 26x1 3/8 wheels?
I agree, and yes they are
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Yeh, I know this is an old post, but was wondering if you found a buyer for that Bicentennial Bike. Knowing the way things have been the last several years, I was thinking you may have not found a buyer. My biggest question are where in Kansas are you if you are in my vicinity at all. I did a search to locate information here around Marion County, KS. For me that year bike has a special meaning. My cousin had one when we were younger, and I borrowed it to ride in a school Fund Raiser Day. Back around 1977 there was a guy going around to small town america and selling a School Fund Raising Idea. That idea was for students to participate in certain activities like Bike Riding, Bowling, Etc. to make money. The contract with the school was that they would make all the money they needed for the year, but they couldn't have any kind of fund raiser the rest of the year. Are school band was big into selling fruit around the fall and that was allowed. What ended up happening is that the contract gave more money to the person that setup the contract and the school didn't want to participate with it after that. I think it was approved by the school board. Personal health was a big thing and even found Arnold Schwarzenegger later on becoming the governor of California and leading kdis to a healthy work out. It was far off from being like Jack LaLanne on Public tv. Anyway that is why the bike has special meaning to me, and since I am older now, wanted to kind of put some of the things up from my past. Unfortunately my cousin isn't with us anymore. Thanks in Advance. David DWayne Solomon.
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Yeh, I know this is an old post, but was wondering if you found a buyer for that Bicentennial Bike. Knowing the way things have been the last several years, I was thinking you may have not found a buyer. My biggest question are where in Kansas are you if you are in my vicinity at all. I did a search to locate information here around Marion County, KS. For me that year bike has a special meaning. My cousin had one when we were younger, and I borrowed it to ride in a school Fund Raiser Day. Back around 1977 there was a guy going around to small town america and selling a School Fund Raising Idea. That idea was for students to participate in certain activities like Bike Riding, Bowling, Etc. to make money. The contract with the school was that they would make all the money they needed for the year, but they couldn't have any kind of fund raiser the rest of the year. Are school band was big into selling fruit around the fall and that was allowed. What ended up happening is that the contract gave more money to the person that setup the contract and the school didn't want to participate with it after that. I think it was approved by the school board. Personal health was a big thing and even found Arnold Schwarzenegger later on becoming the governor of California and leading kdis to a healthy work out. It was far off from being like Jack LaLanne on Public tv. Anyway that is why the bike has special meaning to me, and since I am older now, wanted to kind of put some of the things up from my past. Unfortunately my cousin isn't with us anymore. Thanks in Advance. David DWayne Solomon.
Corvairman hasnít posted since he posted this so youíre not likely to ever get an answer.
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Yes this post is about 10 years old, I held on to the bike for a little while and then sold it on craigslist for $20 in the Detroit area.

This is a blast from the past now.
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Wow, the faint beacon was heard!

Too bad the bike was sold, but it’s nice to have closure, unlike so many similar threads.
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