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Old 05-24-24, 03:09 PM
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A rat rod would JB weld that crack.
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Old 05-24-24, 05:51 PM
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That bike deserves nothing less than to be overnight shipped directly to Curno so that master Pelizzoli can have his steadied hand at the bottom bracket and make things right.

A hose clamp could suffice in the meantime.

I feel so torn right now, because I'm gutted that someone else is going through this pain, yet completely satisfied that I now have someone to share my exact pain with. I'm pretty sure I'm just a demented individual.


In any case, it will probably be just fine as-is. I think those black inset-style BB adapter are just a large fit for the Huffys. And since these Huffys are basically fillet-brazed, just like all the best of the best of the custom American master framebuilder's works of art, just take up a torch and give that bad boy some braze, and while your at it, braze a few other things on the frame. Why not? I mean, not now, cause it will be fine. But if you look at it and it annoys you, then just fix it. You definitely won't hurt anything. However...

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If you followed the Huffente thread, you'll know that AMCO's solution when this happened to him was to take it all apart and braze the seam back together. That's the Huffente solution. I've decided that the rat rod solution is to shrug and say, "I've seen worse." I have confidence that like the rust, this particular problem will not cause a catastrophic failure within the lifetime of this bike.

I dig the vote of confidence the bike is getting



For all the lambasting these crap Huffys get, I still could not find a single picture of one of these same style of frames breaking, or even those cheapo stamped dropouts breaking.

Yet, the Campagnolo Nuovo Record cranks on my Huffy started breaking. There is poetic justice in that.
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You know, I think I like the hose clamp idea. It provides a perfectly functional safeguard against further failure, however unlikely that may be. And best of all, it's cheap and easy.
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Originally Posted by AdventureManCO
In any case, it will probably be just fine as-is. I think those black inset-style BB adapter are just a large fit for the Huffys.
I think this is definitely true. It's not just a matter of cleaning up the surfaces or making sure it's going in straight. I think hitting the chainstay protrusion wasn't the issue. The adapter is just a bit to big.

I've used a similar adapter as an eccentric bottom bracket in a BB30 shell, and it had enough tolerance to rotate freely when not screwed down. This one isn't going anywhere.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K
I think this is definitely true. It's not just a matter of cleaning up the surfaces or making sure it's going in straight. I think hitting the chainstay protrusion wasn't the issue. The adapter is just a bit to big.

I've used a similar adapter as an eccentric bottom bracket in a BB30 shell, and it had enough tolerance to rotate freely when not screwed down. This one isn't going anywhere.

Joking aside, I imagine the tolerance for high dollar BMX bikes was more exacting. Which I think is what these adapters were meant for? Or the Schwinns I guess?

Or the Huffys’ were ...
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I love you Huffaholics. You provide, by far, the best entertainment on the internet. I just have to be careful not to break a rib laughing so hard.
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Originally Posted by GeezyRider
I love you Huffaholics. You provide, by far, the best entertainment on the internet. I just have to be careful not to break a rib laughing so hard.

This implies that there is more than just one out there.

Stronger together.
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For all the lambasting these crap Huffys get, I still could not find a single picture of one of these same style of frames breaking, or even those cheapo stamped dropouts breaking.
Well, that’s clearly because after a ride or two, the owners hung them up in the garage and bought the Trek they should have bought in the first place.
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Originally Posted by nlerner
Well, that’s clearly because after a ride or two, the owners hung them up in the garage and bought the Trek they should have bought in the first place.

I didn't mention why maybe none of them broke, just that none of them did


Can't wait for more updates to this beauty!
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Or the evidence has long been buried at the landfill...
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Originally Posted by AdventureManCO
Can't wait for more updates to this beauty!
Patience. You need to let it breathe.

I've made a little progress. I was going to wait until I had something more substantial to show, but I'll give you a preview.

The 25.4 mm downtube (in the non-aero section, of course) required a bit of padding.



The cockpit is coming together nicely.



The front dropout size was narrower than standard, but it's nothing a few seconds with a Dremel tool won't fix.



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I'm worried that Andy will request a brazed on bit somewhere, and demand a Gugificazione! decal along with.
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I'm worried that Andy will request a brazed on bit somewhere, and demand a Gugificazione! decal along with.
650b conversion in aero form! Whoop whoop!
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Originally Posted by Andy_K

With the obligatory hair wrapped in the hub.
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Originally Posted by gugie
I'm worried that Andy will request a brazed on bit somewhere, and demand a Gugificazione! decal along with.
Now that you mention it, a flask-style bottle cage would be perfect on this bike.
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Originally Posted by Aubergine
With the obligatory hair wrapped in the hub.
That's the cord for the pull-start.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K
Now that you mention it, a flask-style bottle cage would be perfect on this bike.
Seems appropriate to have Gugie put the torch in your hands for this one.
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Originally Posted by nlerner
Seems appropriate to have Gugie put the torch in your hands for this one.
I'm not sure he'll even let this one near the Atelier.
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I'm not sure he'll even let this one near the Atelier.
Maybe as a set of windchimes?
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It could look like this one I made with flat bars.

I really do not like flat bars.
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc
Joking aside, I imagine the tolerance for high dollar BMX bikes was more exacting. Which I think is what these adapters were meant for? Or the Schwinns I guess?

Or the Huffys’ were ...
Hey now! Huffy made a BMX model as well. Smiles, MH
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Originally Posted by gugie
I'm worried that Andy will request a brazed on bit somewhere, and demand a Gugificazione! decal along with.
I'll be happy to send along a Box O' Crap frame sticker for that bad boy! I'm sure Andy will use a BOC part on it somewhere. Smiles, CrapMaster Honk
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Every time I open this thread I expect to be enthralled and amazed.
But I also hit that button with my eyes mostly covered.
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Originally Posted by rccardr
Every time I open this thread I expect to be enthralled and amazed.
But I also hit that button with my eyes mostly covered.
If by “enthralled and amazed,” you mean “horrified and disgusted,” then, yes.
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Originally Posted by nlerner
Maybe as a set of windchimes?
But this frame cuts through the wind. It wouldn't make any sound at all.
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