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Old 09-21-14, 08:43 AM
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I just acquired my first internal hub geared bike. I'm pretty excited about this thing, it's a chance for me to work on some new to me technologies such as a SA hub and cottered crank. This 1961 model must be one of the nicest Huffy's ever. The really amazing thing about this bike is how faded the paint is but it doesn't have any rust worth mentioning, which gives it a nice antique look without being rotten. . The chrome is in excellent condition.

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J. Huffington built in England?
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy
J. Huffington built in England?
It was made for Huffy by Raleigh. The ones I've seen are pretty nice bikes.
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Originally Posted by gna
It was made for Huffy by Raleigh. The ones I've seen are pretty nice bikes.

I have two of these actually-- a women's blue from 60 or so and a men's in black from 63 or so. There seem to be a lot of varieties of these-- some made by raleigh, others, even from roughly the same ear, clearly not made by them. I actually like the graphics on them a little more than I do the ones on raleigh sports. The huffy name seems to make them take a hit in value, even though very ugh like a Sports.
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Nice find! Shame about the tweaked tubes.

As far as the TCW is concerned, make sure you have a hand brake for back up and ride it until it quits. My bride has a TCW on one of her bikes and it has managed to survive since 1971 with no problems. It ain't the greatest brake in the world and I did mount a second hand brake as a belt and suspenders measure.

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Nice find! Shame about the tweaked tubes.

As far as the TCW is concerned, make sure you have a hand brake for back up and ride it until it quits. My bride has a TCW on one of her bikes and it has managed to survive since 1971 with no problems. It ain't the greatest brake in the world and I did mount a second hand brake as a belt and suspenders measure.

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The huffy name seems to make them take a hit in value, even though very ugh like a Sports.
Your probably right about that, people don't like to buy Huffy's in general. However, since it is a quality bike I'm sort of glad mine say's Huffy on it, its fun to go against the flow of what's popular a little.
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Originally Posted by turky lurkey

Your probably right about that, people don't like to buy Huffy's in general. However, since it is a quality bike I'm sort of glad mine say's Huffy on it, its fun to go against the flow of what's popular a little.

I totally agree!
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I have never owned a British built Huffy, but have had my hands on several Made in the USA ones. The three speeds in particular aren't all that bad. They are relatively inexpensive and last well. They don't have the cachet of a Raleigh, Hercules or other British marque, but are still reasonably durable bikes.

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If you can still ride it with your hands-off, or nearly so, there isn't a thing wrong with the frame & fork, it is pretty heavy & malleable steel.
That the frame got tweaked but not the fork tells you a bit about the strength of the thing.
A fine Huffington for sure!
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In August 2013 I purchased my first English 3 speed. It was a black step thru 1963 Huffy Sportsman. I now own three 1971 Phillips bikes, a 1956 Humber, and a red 1963 Hercules. Of course my favorite is the Huffy made by Raleigh. It has probably traveled about 2000 miles since I got it including the Lake Pepin 3 speed tour. Fellow enthusiasts have noticed that the "Made in England" decals are larger and more plentiful than on other Raleigh made bikes. Also, the chrome piece on the front fender is longer than on other Raleigh brands. I personally love the irony of what a high end bike this is with a name that has since become synonymous with very low end bikes. Enjoy this secret treasure!
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