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Old 07-22-10, 08:32 PM
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Huffy Bay Pointe 10 speed?

Anybody know anything about these bikes? Picked it up for $5 at a junk shop because the wheels were still in good shape (aside from the tires having to be scraped off of them) and it looks like the rest of it is in surprisingly good shape except for the cosmetics. It's almost like the bike was lubed up properly before it was left to rot; wheel bearings had clean, but solidified grease, etc.


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Old 07-22-10, 09:20 PM
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It's a very junky bike, but it might suit your purpose. What are you hoping to do with it?
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+1 Junky bike, be careful on how much you spend on it. Will probably be OK as an around the neighborhood recreational ride.
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Old 07-23-10, 06:11 AM
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Not a great bike, but as a neighborhood or campus rider should be okay. After you are done fixing it up it will likely ride better than when it was sold new.

One thing you might want to replace, even if it looks to be in good shape, are the cables and housing.
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Not a great bike, but as a neighborhood or campus rider should be okay. After you are done fixing it up it will likely ride better than when it was sold new.
I figure it's mostly just practice at fixing them up. After tearing into it a bit, it really doesn't look like it needs many replacements other than the cables, chain and all the rubber. Cleaning and grease seems to be getting everything else right into shape. Speaking of which, anybody happen to know which tires it needs? I measured the bead seat on the rims, but it looks to be right between a few sizes.

One thing you might want to replace, even if it looks to be in good shape, are the cables and housing.
Housings are remarkably good; still appropriately stiff but flexible and no sun fade or cracking. I'll still keep an eye on them, and change them out if I find any problems.

Also picked up a ladies' Schwinn for another $5 that happens to be exactly my wife's size, and she's been wanting something for all the store runs within a mile or two.
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My hunch is the bike will take 26 x 1 3/8 tires. Best bet is to read the current ones, if you still have them. If you want to go 'upscale' on the tires, I found the Michelin World Tour for $14. I have them on a nicer Free Spirit bike that I set up for riding around the neighborhood and it seems much nicer than the $7-8 ones I have used for that size in the past.
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Originally Posted by KD5NRH View Post
Anybody know anything about these bikes? Picked it up for $5 at a junk shop because the wheels were still in good shape (aside from the tires having to be scraped off of them) and it looks like the rest of it is in surprisingly good shape except for the cosmetics. It's almost like the bike was lubed up properly before it was left to rot; wheel bearings had clean, but solidified grease, etc.

So that's where I left my dead-blow mallet...
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Crimped drop outs.

Use it as a learning tool, but remember, almost everything about that bike only applies to that strange genus of 70's and 80's cheap domestic 10 speeds.
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Old 07-24-10, 01:38 AM
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Originally Posted by sonatageek View Post
My hunch is the bike will take 26 x 1 3/8 tires. Best bet is to read the current ones, if you still have them.
Nothing left to read; all the rubber on the sidewalls is long gone.

If you want to go 'upscale' on the tires, I found the Michelin World Tour for $14. I have them on a nicer Free Spirit bike that I set up for riding around the neighborhood and it seems much nicer than the $7-8 ones I have used for that size in the past.
I was just thinking this might be a fun one for the short trips where I'm always worried about leaving the bike unattended outside a hardware store or near the local college. As a bonus, it should be uncommon enough that anyone stealing it will stand out pretty well.

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So that's where I left my dead-blow mallet...
Number one tool for dealing with rusted-in-place bits that you're going to have to replace anyway. Fortunately, I haven't run into any of those on this bike.

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Use it as a learning tool, but remember, almost everything about that bike only applies to that strange genus of 70's and 80's cheap domestic 10 speeds.
Yep; I'm trying to decide whether it's even worth the extra expense of buying another freewheel tool just for that bike, since it's the only freewheel I have that doesn't take an FR-1, or just jury-rigging something. Would it be threaded the same as the Shimanos? I suppose I could track down a cheap 5-speed freewheel somewhere, and not worry about trashing the rusty one in the removal.
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The tire size may be stamped onto the rim.

Try taking it to a bike shop to get the freewheel pulled.
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Old 07-26-10, 02:25 AM
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The tire size may be stamped onto the rim.
Not that I can find, but there's still a bit of surface rust and some bits of the rim strip that I haven't managed to get cleaned off, so it may be hiding in there still.

Try taking it to a bike shop to get the freewheel pulled.
Unfortunately, that's a 35 mile drive, so it's probably cheaper to just order the tool than to haul the wheel up there and pay for removal. OTOH, the local pawn shop has a good selection of odd large sockets for $1 or less each, so I may just figure out the appropriate range of diameters and find one to grind down to make the tool.
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I was just thinking this might be a fun one for the short trips where I'm always worried about leaving the bike unattended outside a hardware store or near the local college. As a bonus, it should be uncommon enough that anyone stealing it will stand out pretty well.
Thieves steal cheap bikes, too. And rattle can paint will make it hard to ID.
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Well, the local Ace Hardware had some $5 chains and other cheap bits, so I got it working with a couple of the Bell kevlar tires, (26x1-3/8) a new set of derailleur cables and housings, some scrubbing and a lot of grease. Ended up hauling it to work for now to get around the site, since I can't get my steel-toes into the 7100's toeclips. They look at me funny for commuting in on one bike, changing clothes and switching to another, then swapping back at the end of the shift, but it also saves me the risk of getting a flat running around the site (industrial site - lots of sharp bits around) and having to fix it before I can go home.

I may bring it home, fix it up a bit more and repaint it, but for now it's handy to have a beater around.
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It's a great bike to learn on and use as a campus bomber. Show us pics when you're done with it.
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While it's at work, I'm only around it at night, so pics can be kinda hard.

I am going to have to retape the drop bars at some point (and maybe swap them for the slightly larger drops on the old Murray I got for parts) if I'm going to keep using it, and one hood is splitting. Does anybody carry the old brake lever setup for these bikes anymore?
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Well, darn; the idler pulley split last night, and after the ensuing mess, the whole RD looks kinda pretzelish. Probably not worth the trouble to try to straighten it out and get it working again. Fortunately, the one from the Murray cleaned up pretty well, so I'll swap that out next weekend when I have some down time at work.
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Aaaand now the other RD is coming apart. Thought about making a SS or fixie out of it, but the one-piece crankset is a bit of an issue. I don't use the shifters much anyway, (since I'm just cruising around the site in no real hurry) so has anybody built a SS and left the extra chainring on? Any problems getting a good chainline?

Swapping out the hub for a trackhub might end up costing more than I want to put into this bike. SS also achieves my main goal of being lazy at work I figure just putting on a cheap SS freewheel, re-dishing the wheel to account for that, removing both derailleurs and shortening the chain should do it. Am I missing anything important?
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Aaaand now the other RD is coming apart. Thought about making a SS or fixie out of it, but the one-piece crankset is a bit of an issue. I don't use the shifters much anyway, (since I'm just cruising around the site in no real hurry) so has anybody built a SS and left the extra chainring on? Any problems getting a good chainline?

Swapping out the hub for a trackhub might end up costing more than I want to put into this bike. SS also achieves my main goal of being lazy at work I figure just putting on a cheap SS freewheel, re-dishing the wheel to account for that, removing both derailleurs and shortening the chain should do it. Am I missing anything important?
It would be a lot cheaper to just replace the RD. You can get some lower end but decent RDs cheap, really cheap.
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Argh! Over the Christmas holidays, (I work security, so we're onsite alone during holidays) I cobbled together a working RD out of the original and the one I'd replaced it with.

Last week, they were having a gathering to celebrate an expansion and decided to move the bike rack. Rather than ask around, they cut the lock off the other bike that was on there, and then used a forklift to pick it up with my Huffy still attached to the wheelbender rack. At some point, it fell off, the cable lock got caught in the chain, and pulled into the RD. They cut the lock off and carried it to the new rack location.

Now the RD is hosed again and the back wheel desperately needs retruing. I'm going to see if they'll agree to a reasonable labor rate for me to fix it up, and if they won't, I'll take the $5 bike to the nearest shop and let them pay his rate plus my gas for two 60-mile round trips.
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Man I'd be angry as heck. How inconsiderate. Yes it was only a huffy, but it was your huffy that you put effort and sweat into. It may be cheaper for them to buy you a new 10-speed (Huffy,Schwinn Varsity,GMC Denali) when you figure gas for 2 60-mile trips and shop labor rates.

I'm pretty sure I've got an extra huffy rd you can have for postage if you need it.

Also, you never posted 'after' photos of your bike... you know the forum runs on photos right?
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Last week, they were having a gathering to celebrate an expansion and decided to move the bike rack. Rather than ask around, they cut the lock off the other bike that was on there, and then used a forklift to pick it up with my Huffy still attached to the wheelbender rack. At some point, it fell off, the cable lock got caught in the chain, and pulled into the RD. They cut the lock off and carried it to the new rack location.
IMO that is downright disrespectful.

However, this could be your golden opportunity to negotiate a move up to a serious fixer like a Schwinn or other CL find and have your employer foot the bill. If I was the employer, I'd be more than happy to go that route to have this problem go away. And then I'd take a serious look at the cowboy forklift driver, and more than likely he/she would be going away also.
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Man I'd be angry as heck. How inconsiderate. Yes it was only a huffy, but it was your huffy that you put effort and sweat into. It may be cheaper for them to buy you a new 10-speed (Huffy,Schwinn Varsity,GMC Denali) when you figure gas for 2 60-mile trips and shop labor rates.
Problem is, anything on CL or eBay is likely to be 60 miles away, so just as much driving either way. I'd keep my labor rate pretty reasonable since I was planning to do more work on the bike anyway, but I'm not doing it for free.

I'm pretty sure I've got an extra huffy rd you can have for postage if you need it.
I might take you up on that.

Also, you never posted 'after' photos of your bike... you know the forum runs on photos right?
Not much visible changed from the "before;" just tires, chain, cables and repacked every bearing on it.
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OK, now it's changed a bit. Still need to wrap the bars and finish tuning the derailleurs, but I did test ride it around the block a few times with no real problems.





And, while we're at it, the Schwinn I got at the same junkyard for my wife. Wheels, brakes, shifters, etc. pulled from the Walmart Next that provided the Huffy's seat.
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