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Old 01-07-10, 11:18 AM
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Montgomery Wards Huffy Open Road

Hi Folks, new to the forum, glad to be here. I just aquired a Huffy Open Road and was wondering if anyone knows the history on this bike? I can't seem to find much about it on the internet. Any info would be great.
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Old 01-07-10, 11:52 AM
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Well it is a Huffy that was sold by Wards. Looks like the late 70s, maybe early 80s. Open Road was a brand name that Wards used (like Sears "Free Spirit"). I'm not really sure there is much more to say about it than that.
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Old 01-07-10, 12:35 PM
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Cool bike! My dad has a sears from 1961 that looks fairly similar. Weird front fender though...
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Old 01-11-10, 08:00 PM
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The "Open Road" name was used on a lot of bikes in the 1970s.
You'll find a lot about them in our archives.
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I'm no Huffy expert but I believe that bike would have been built in the Dayton / Cincinnati Ohio area. It looks like it's in great shape, do you know if the bearings have been serviced?
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Old 01-12-10, 09:41 AM
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I paid $25 for it on our local craigslist, and paid $50 at the LBS to have them service the bottom bracket, rear hub, and put a new chain on it. It rides pretty nice for what it is. I am planning on riding it in the Seattle to Portland (204 miles) race this year with 8 other guys on cruisers. They do the ride in one day (16 hours of riding). I'm gonna put a Brooks B17 on it and get to breaking it in.
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Old 01-12-10, 11:04 AM
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204mi on cruiser?! Ga ga ga goin!
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Originally Posted by jrjwoodsman View Post
I paid $25 for it on our local craigslist, and paid $50 at the LBS to have them service the bottom bracket, rear hub, and put a new chain on it. It rides pretty nice for what it is. I am planning on riding it in the Seattle to Portland (204 miles) race this year with 8 other guys on cruisers. They do the ride in one day (16 hours of riding). I'm gonna put a Brooks B17 on it and get to breaking it in.
You did good at that price. The LBS service charge is not bad at all, especially since that includes a chain.
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My in laws had this same bike (minus the front basket) in there garage. We picked it up today. Put air in the tires and I rode it to make sure it fits me. Have you found out any info? I cant even seem to find the serial number on mine.
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Originally Posted by Brenbaker View Post
My in laws had this same bike (minus the front basket) in there garage. We picked it up today. Put air in the tires and I rode it to make sure it fits me. Have you found out any info? I cant even seem to find the serial number on mine.
Hi @benbraker. You can call out a specific user by using @ in front of their username, like this: @jrjwoodsman It will notify them that they have been mentioned.

That said, this thread is 7 years old and you may not get a response. I would, though, like to know how the cruiser one day Seatte to Portland went!
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Hi @benbraker. You can call out a specific user by using @ in front of their username, like this: @jrjwoodsman It will notify them that they have been mentioned.

That said, this thread is 7 years old and you may not get a response. I would, though, like to know how the cruiser one day Seatte to Portland went!

I called Huffy and they will help identify these old bikes. I just sent and email with a picture and the info I do know. I was able to find what I think is the serial number.
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Originally Posted by Brenbaker View Post
I called Huffy and they will help identify these old bikes. I just sent and email with a picture and the info I do know. I was able to find what I think is the serial number.
Nice! That's actually pretty cool of them. I wouldn't expect that seeing as how they are just big box store fodder.
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Nice! That's actually pretty cool of them. I wouldn't expect that seeing as how they are just big box store fodder.
Me either. We will see if they really will in 24 hours or so. They said that is their turn around time.
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Me either. We will see if they really will in 24 hours or so. They said that is their turn around time.
24 hours? Even better. Definitely update us here with what you find.
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Originally Posted by tricky View Post
24 hours? Even better. Definitely update us here with what you find.
The first set of numbers I emailed to Huffy was incorrect. They told me where to look. I did and emailed back.I am beyond thrilled they took the time to tell me some info on the bike. Here is the info i received from them: C==Celina, Ohio where made



7___9==1979 when bike was made

ZHO_____==serial number for the bicycle –for Consumers use only



The picture looked to be a 26” wheel on the bike – you maybe able to still read tire size on the sidewall

Open Road was a brand made for Montgomery Wards
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used to work in a fashion studio in NYC. Montgomery Ward was one of our biggest clients. nothing fancy but as a catalog house, we did a ton of work. never photo's bikes, just ppl in clothing. other depts did other things but don't recall seeing any bikes. miss that work, it was fun
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Originally Posted by Brenbaker View Post
The first set of numbers I emailed to Huffy was incorrect. They told me where to look. I did and emailed back.I am beyond thrilled they took the time to tell me some info on the bike. Here is the info i received from them: C==Celina, Ohio where made



7___9==1979 when bike was made

ZHO_____==serial number for the bicycle –for Consumers use only



The picture looked to be a 26” wheel on the bike – you maybe able to still read tire size on the sidewall

Open Road was a brand made for Montgomery Wards
Where did you find the cereal number?
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Where did you find the cereal number?

It came with a toy, right in the Fruit Loops box!
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It came with a toy, right in the Fruit Loops box!
Serial* my apologies, I'm french and not good with English yet
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