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Old 04-04-16, 12:18 PM   #1
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Huffy article: "In defense of ..."

2009 article so maybe/probably posted before but I did do a brief search looking for it.

In defense of Huffy : Culture : Smile Politely

"When you hear the name Huffy, what comes to mind? If you ask the average person, they would probably say bicycles. Ask a cyclist, and they would probably say heavy, poor quality bicycles purchased at a department store.

But that was not always the case for the company based out of Dayton, Ohio. There are certainly some quality or dependable — and in some cases, collectible — bicycles made by Huffy. They have also made some decent "basic transportation" bicycles if not exceptional rides. The internet is full of stories of Huffy bikes that have served their owners well before being passed on to others, while some bike snobs trash them without mercy. The truth may lie somewhere in the middle."
- See more at: In defense of Huffy : Culture : Smile Politely

Not a perfect article but I think they are on the mark more often than not.
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Old 04-04-16, 01:37 PM   #2
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We have some pretty vigorous Huffy fans on this site.

And who wouldn't want one of these Huffys:

Historic Pro Bike: Andy Hampsten's 1988 7-Eleven Huffy Giro d'Italia | Cyclingnews.com
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Huffy? What comes to mind? Hmmmmmm. Give me a minute.....

Ok. This:
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The claim for quality after the 1960's is hollow. Making a deal for what you can put your name on is NOT the same thing as making a great bicycle. When I think of Huffy post 60's, I think of "junk with only one notable exception" - which they didn't actually make.
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Well, they outlived Schwinn :-D
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Giggling at that celebs on bike thread and Kathy Ireland. My wife has a minty Huffy 'Kathy Ireland' edition atb. Fancy pants version complete with cockpit built in compass and computer, real ally wheels, 1st gen sram. Cracks me up and an inside joke, but I actually like riding it.
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The claim for quality after the 1960's is hollow. Making a deal for what you can put your name on is NOT the same thing as making a great bicycle. When I think of Huffy post 60's, I think of "junk with only one notable exception" - which they didn't actually make.
Yeah it's hard to get excited about their offerings - frames with the rear dropouts going into flattened spot welded chainstays. And heavy, thick, low quality tubing throughout. I really hated working on those bikes when they came into shops I worked in, they never adjusted right and were difficult to work on.

Somebody in another bash Huffy thread a while ago though mentioned that they remembered Huffy as being the main instigator of bmx racing, and helped build trails all around the US, which I think is pretty cool. It sounds like they did contribute something afterall.
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Yeah it's hard to get excited about their offerings - frames with the rear dropouts going into flattened spot welded chainstays. And heavy, thick, low quality tubing throughout. I really hated working on those bikes when they came into shops I worked in, they never adjusted right and were difficult to work on.

Somebody in another bash Huffy thread a while ago though mentioned that they remembered Huffy as being the main instigator of bmx racing, and helped build trails all around the US, which I think is pretty cool. It sounds like they did contribute something afterall.

I was taking a very lightweight-centric point of view there. No denying they were closer to the mark with their BMX line.
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I've got a pretty sweet Huffy.



They didn't put their name on it, but it's a Huffy none the less.
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I remember in the mid-'70s, Huffy was the main instigator of those little 20" bikes, with flat-ish bars & knobby tires. I was getting too tall to ride them, but couldn't help noticing them. Especially when one of the neighbor kids had one with Evel Knievel's name on it. I guess that one's fairly collectible now. It was many years later, before I realized Huffy was around way before that.
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My Huffy bikes all serve me well and are all reliable. I have no fear of breaking the frames and the ride is comfortable. To the average everyday person, my bikes are all just bicycles. To other cyclists my bikes are just department store junk. That's OK though, because I take good care of my junk and put many miles on them.




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one of the neighbor kids had one with Evel Knievel's name on it.
i would've given almost anything for that one when i was about six.

i did have the action figure, the wind-up motorcycle, the funny car, and the t-shirt.
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I see Huffy at the bottom, Murray just above, then Schwinn and finally decent bikes. In my prime of the 80s anyway.
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I love department store bikes. They allow me to try new things without the fear of breaking something I'm really attached to. A couple of weeks ago I found an old department store 10 speed at the dump and brought it home. The rear wheel was bent bad, and the bike wasn't worth what it would cost to get it trued at a shop...so I just decided to true it myself for the first time. I was able to get it much straighter than before, and now I have a skill that will save me lots of money in the long run because of a department store bike from the dump.
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I just left Walmart, and, as roccobike pointed out here, they've really upgraded their cable kits. $10 for cables and housing is great, and it's lined, Campy-compatible, too. I noticed the Kent road bike, with stem-mounted Shimano indexed shifting, 700c wheels, for $129 on sale. That's not a bad starter bike for a rehab rider, beginning rider, etc. Ride it 3-5 months, and then either wear it out or or sell it to move "up." I doubt I'd move "up" with their Schwinn Phocus or Prelude, though, as the prices there start to get into good used road bike range.

I am adamant, though, that the Huffy bike box I'm about to ship a group/wheels in is every bit as good as any bike box.

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i would've given almost anything for that one when i was about six.

i did have the action figure, the wind-up motorcycle, the funny car, and the t-shirt.
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Over a span of more than a half century of riding, I have lost two bicycles to theft: a basic bike boom SR 10-speed a neighbor had given to me and a Sears (Huffy? Murray?) Free Spirit 10-speed 26-inch wheeled boat anchor I kept at work for noontime rides. I had a bit of fun with the latter, installing a 16-17-18-19-23 freewheel and an early Campag. Record rear derailleur, SunTour downtube shift levers, and toeclips and straps on the cheapo rattrap pedals.
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Wow, this thread and the article made me remember there was a huge Huffy factory in my small hometown in the 1970's. I'm sure one or more of the many bikes I had stolen over the years came out of that factory. They didn't last long and for quite some time the building was a grocery chain distribution center. I have no idea what it is now.
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... and a Sears (Huffy? Murray?) Free Spirit 10-speed ...
Yes, Free Spirit was Sears. Most of my childhood bikes were Free Spirit. Small town. Sears was about it.
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evel scooter image
oh, yeah, he broke some bones all right. most all of them several times over.

and what a crazy, strange, over the top life he led.

boyhood hero of millions.

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many bikes I had stolen over the years...
Is that a confession?
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oh, yeah, he broke some bones all right. most all of them several times over.

and what a crazy, strange, over the top life he led.

boyhood hero of millions.

rip, evel.
Amen. That guy inspired a lot of idiocy, all in the name of good clean fun. That scooter ad is a sad kind of poetic justice, huh?
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Amen. That guy inspired a lot of idiocy, all in the name of good clean fun. That scooter ad is a sad kind of poetic justice, huh?
not the kind of guy that embarrasses easily.

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My first bike was a Western Flyer, from the Western Auto Store (a midwest chain of hardware stores mostly in small towns). Used. At the time, I envied the new Huffy and Free Spirit owners. From where I was seated at that time, I still ended up loving bicycles and bicycling. You can judge a persons bike, or you can admire another person who's out enjoying the same activity you enjoy. I guess that's your choice. Who am I to judge?

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