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80s Huffy Road Bike any good?

Old 04-24-10, 07:46 PM
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80s Huffy Road Bike any good?

I just ordered a new Trek 7.3, and long story short it's had me obsessing and learning about all the components in my price range. After spending all this money, i decided to take a look at the old decrepit bikes we had stored away, and I found this Huffy road bike some neighbor gave us in 1993, so I am assuming its a few years older than that.

I took most of it apart today. Everything on the bike is steel according to the magnet; the frame, wheels, derailleurs, shifters, everything. Literally the only plastic on the bike is the 2 little cogs on the chain tensioner (and they have steel sleeves in the center).

Both of the derailleurs say "Huret Sachs" on them while the frame says Huffy USA (or something close). Does this bike sound like it would be worth fixing up? The parts all seem OK (but I'm new at all of this) except for the tires. Pretty sure they are only 26" but they dont seem to have/need tubes inside. Hopefully I will add pictures later.

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If it's a huffy its truly a piece of crap. But you say it has Sachs derailleurs, that cant be. Are you sure its a huffy?
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No. Good to practice on, but not worth the money and time to fix up. Do you have the tools/time/interest to do the work yourself? But if you are just looking for something to ride around the neighborhood, it would be OK.

Huret Sachs made a low end derailleur that was used by Huffy.


Myself I would start with something better.

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No, those were lousy bikes. You may want to save the derailleurs and maybe some nuts and bolts. But I wouldn't bother with that bike.

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Good for taking apart for practice

When I trash surf, I leave all Huffy's behind, along with newer department store bikes.
These bikes are good for practicing on dis-assembly, but not much else. They are probably all one-piece crank. The cables and hardware are cheap, they flex and brake. No sense in spending time trying to adjust, they never work correctly.

If you want to use as a beater, then go ahead till your Trek comes in.
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There were a few decent Huffys. Yours is NOT one of them.
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When I trash surf, I leave all Huffy's behind, along with newer department store bikes.
On trash surfing, I go ahead and pick them up and take them directly to my favorite thrift store. They can sell anything, including junky bikes. So I drop them off and they will sell them within a few hours. This is as long as the bike is relatively presentable. If it is really beat, I leave it for someone else.
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Hmm... well now you guys really got me wanting to fix it up. I'm just gonna clean it, rebuild it, and buy new tires. It has to be better than today's department store bikes. Also I'm just plain interested to see how it feels and how the derailleurs compare to the cheap stuff now.

It's not like it's ever been abused, and nothing is really broken or bent. I dont think I could break the derailleurs if i tried. They look really solid to me but I admittedly know very little about them.

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It has to be better than today's department store bikes.
Not necessarily.
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No, I have to admit that department store bikes have improved a lot. Their bikes of the 70's and 80's were deplorably bad.
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I had a Huffy road bike with Huret derailers...

I'd usually nab those bikes to salvage parts for flippers.
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Can we see pics of the bike? Just to make sure it's not one of those Serotta built Huffys and you're pulling our lariats.
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Can we see pics of the bike? Just to make sure it's not one of those Serotta built Huffys and you're pulling our lariats.

I'd love to have one of those. Talk about freaking people out!
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I can't remember that now. Was it a Huffy? I thought it was a Murray.
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^they were both
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Wait, didn't Tom Kellogg make one of them? Maybe Serotta made the Huffy and Kellogg made the Murray? Or vice versa?
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serotta

Serotta built frames for the Crest and 7-Eleven pro teams, although Team 7-Eleven bikes were branded as Murray and later Huffy. Serotta also built bikes for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.


https://velosniper.blogspot.com/2008/...tta-huffy.html

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https://www.carltoncycles.me.uk/details/huffy.htm
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Yesterday I was at bike event at Eden NC I went there looking for parts and took my Huffy to ride if they were going to do that. It was 99.99% fat tire bikes. Hundreds of beautifully muscle and fat tire bikes. There was a category for 10 speed s and only one bike was in that category so they forced me to enter my Huffy. I told them my bike wasn't a Huffy and it had 14 speeds. They didn't care as there was only one other bike in the racing style bikes. I got beat by a 35+ pound Schwinn. It was fun and they were a great bunch of guys. I gave up trying to tell them that it was not a Huffy but Huffy was the sponsor of the 1987 US 7/11 team. I was locked in for second place.
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If I had known about this I would have bought it; my size and everything

What Serotta model were these team bikes? The Colorado?

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Yeah, it would be fun to have one of the Serotta Huffys, because it's ironic. If I had the chance to have one, I would grab it.
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What a great idea ...

Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
On trash surfing, I go ahead and pick them up and take them directly to my favorite thrift store.
I forgot to think how bikes can benefit others. Next department store bike I get from trash is going to a thrift shop.
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Yes, I hadn't thought of it either. I could pick them out of the dump when we have our six annual "bulk trash dropoff" days.
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Originally Posted by Razor From KC View Post
My first bike was a huffy, didn't last long. but got me hooked.
Same story with me only mine was a Murray. It was a total crap bike but It was great to learn on, for instance when I hit this huge pot hole and crumpled the front wheel, then using a C clam bent it back and continued riding it >_<
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Yes, I hadn't thought of it either. I could pick them out of the dump when we have our six annual "bulk trash dropoff" days.
I figure the landfill is full enough already. And as I said, my favorite thrift store can sell just about anything. They appreciate the donation, they turn it into cash, and I keep one item from going to the landfill. And if you have ever been to a landfill, they are pretty disgusting.

I have also at times bought groups of bikes from sellers, where there were two or three decent bikes, and two or three junky bikes. Seller wanted them sold all at once. So I have dropped the low end bikes off at a thrift store on the way home.

Its really amazing to me the good stuff some of my neighbors curb. There are at least three thrift stores within two miles of the house. Pretty lame if you ask me.

I have donated stuff to them in the past, then parked the car and went into the store. By the time I entered the store, someone was already buying the item! They really move stuff quick.


+1 New department store/Xmart bikes in general are a lot better than the old ones.

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