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I Got Huffy'ed Today

Old 12-05-15, 03:04 PM
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I Got Huffy'ed Today

I am now the proud owner of a Huffy Bay Point ladies 3 speed (really). It was a local CL sale, and the seller took less than 1/2 of the asking price - which was reasonable at the start. It has a Shimano 3S hub. That is one I am not familiar with; but I am aware of the "333's" poor reputation.

The bike is in great condition, other than the rear brake cable, which is bound to the outer housing. It is being treated to a Liquid Wrench drip IV as I write. I would like to save the rear brake housing, since it is maroon (a hard to match color). I plan on gifting this bike and a Raleigh Sports with a S3C to a couple of our neighbors, so I'll be N+1 and N-1 come Christmas.

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Old 12-05-15, 04:37 PM
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Cool find ! I remember those bikes, the pedals were the worst, one drop of water on them and your foot would sail right off. When I was a kid I loved the little hole on the hub that you had to turn completely around and bend over while you were flying down a hill to see what gear you were in.
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Old 12-05-15, 04:53 PM
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Welded in Dayton, OH. Love it.
Showing my age by saying, 'it was good when things like this were made in USA'.
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Old 12-05-15, 09:22 PM
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That's a great old bicycle.
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What a great find!
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
Welded in Dayton, OH. Love it.
Showing my age by saying, 'it was good when things like this were made in USA'.
Not at all! (although i'm 44 myself) --- after recent events, i am feeling almost overwhelming thoughts about why we need to keep the USA the greatest country on the planet !

Some chubby , middle aged man or woman welded that thing up along with a few others - then went home and raised a family with the proceeds-- i'd like to think they watched the Browns or the Bengals on the weekends , lived in a decent home and were able to put their kids through school and have a modest but content retirement tinkering around in the garden or working on that old Austin Healey or Mustang in the garage

............. That sounds pretty damn good
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If you do find maroon housing let me know, my Burley tandem is that color
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[QUOTE=DMC707;18368986)............. That sounds pretty damn good[/QUOTE]

And we still play with our bicycles.....
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It is not even 4pm and so dark outside that I can't take a decent photograph, but the Huffy has white brake cables front and rear. I tried to separate the inner from the outer rear cable and only succeeded in separating the outer cable from the inner - hence the white cables. I also changed the original Persons saddle to a modern Schwinn sprung model. The Persons squeaked at every movement. It was not one of their better efforts- probably at the end of their era.

But after all that, the bike rides very well. After a little clean-up it should be ready to go.
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Awesome! I have one exactly like it that I bought for 50 bucks, it was mint. I used for the Triumph but ended up scratching since I got the Dunelt, I ended up putting it all into a 1965 Columbia ladies bike for my mother, she is short and the huffy was too tall by a few inches, I think my head badge was different.

I liked how smooth the hub is a good bit different experience than the sturmey hubs not for better or worse just different.
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Old 12-07-15, 03:27 PM
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The Shimano 333 were not bad hubs. Just not repairable when their time came.
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Was that due to parts availability, or complexity? I've heard that the 333 was a nightmare to service.
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As I recall, it was parts availability. They had several versions out and the parts were not so interchangeable.

Best thing to say when you got a good hub it will last a long time. When it was bad...

Super easy to adjust though.
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