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Old 09-15-14, 06:39 PM
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Huffy Tandem Bicycle

I found this old huffy tandem in a building, thought it was a neat old bike and bought it. I don't know anything about it. Could anyone help me with the year or value? Would it be worth restoring? Any information would be great. Thanks
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Old 09-15-14, 10:01 PM
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Worth is a funny question. Will you make a profit from restoring it? Almost certainly not. Tandems are difficult to sell...and that's the nice ones. It is a very low end, very heavy tandem of pretty poor quality to be blunt, and I wouldn't trust huffy's budget parts on a tandem. The biggest issue might be the braking...I'm not confident a drum brake can adequately stop that.

With two riders stuff breaks more often...chains, cotter pins, spokes, flats, you name it. Our vintage tandem broke bits all of the time until I really did some crazy stuff...like custom made insanely thick gauge spokes and a very pricey white industries freewheel. That tandem was several orders of magnitude up market from this, so I would be concerned. I know it's a kill joy post, but I'm letting you know the possibilities. I spent more rehabbing it than I could likely sell it for, but it's money well spent.

On the plus side - riding tandem is incredibly fun. I'm not sure where you live, but if your partner gets into it, it's just an amazing time together. Me and the missus look forward to our tandem rides all week. It takes some time and practice to become an efficient team and the stoker (rear position) is usually white knuckling for a month +. I would probably avoid riding city streets with that before I got some practice. That said - I'd give it a whirl and maybe consider upgrading if you enjoy it.
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I would say a bike with a great deal of fun interesting factor one of the coolest looking frames I have seen. But it is a low end tandem cruiser very limited market. $200-300 in value with $100 of that from the cool factor. Not worth restoring but worth getting fixed up into good riding condition.
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It is unlikely to sell for 200-300 IMO...tandems are very hard to sell and it's a huffy. I think more like $100 to someone as a wedding prop.
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