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Old 02-19-07, 10:15 PM
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huffy bike

i got a free huffy stonehaven 24" for christmas. Is this good for commuting. it is a steel frame bike which makes if heavier. i live around 5 miles from work one way. i thaught of converting it into an electric bike for around $400
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Old 02-19-07, 10:28 PM
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Straight up, the bike is meant as a toy. It will function (sometimes) and get you from place to place but don't expect it to do it well. The components will either require frequent adjustment or altogether replacement.

If you have the know how to keep up your own bike well then it can certainly work.....but I still don't recommend it
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For 5 miles you can ride just about any bike ever made, as long as it fits you relatively closely. Unless you have a TON of hills in those 5 miles you shouldn't NEED the electric conversion kit for a ride that short.

I have a department store mountain bike that I pulled out of a dumpster that I ride when the weather is really bad (snow and ice)... 14 miles one way, but it's almost fully downhill. I take the bus back uphill in the evenings with that bike, though! (1,000 ft of elevation gain!)

edit: Heck, for 5 miles I could ride my WIFE'S bike, and her inseam is a good 2" shorter than mine!
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Originally Posted by dwoloz
Straight up, the bike is meant as a toy. It will function (sometimes) and get you from place to place but don't expect it to do it well. The components will either require frequent adjustment or altogether replacement.

If you have the know how to keep up your own bike well then it can certainly work.....but I still don't recommend it
Ignore people who don't grasp the short length of 5 miles. This bike will do you fine.
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Old 02-20-07, 12:12 AM
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The bike will work for you, but I wouldn't put too much money into it, other than lights and stuff that can be transferred to another bike.
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Old 02-20-07, 12:13 AM
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Toss the Huffy. Instead of spending $400 on an electric conversion you could get a Kona Smoke for $349.
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Old 02-20-07, 02:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Cyrus
Ignore people who don't grasp the short length of 5 miles. This bike will do you fine.
Yeah, it will probably be fine for a 5 mile commmute, but if you were going to spend $400 on it just buy a nice bike that will be more fun, easier to ride, and not stop working for no reason all the time. Sell the Huffy and buy a decent lock.
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Old 02-20-07, 06:59 AM
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Often, durable name-brand bikes (such as giant or trek) can be had for about $100. Before you upgrade a bike with any over-$100 parts, you should probably buy one of those name brand bikes. You're sort of setting yourself up for disappointment putting a motor on a huffy and it could be dangerous.

Many huffy bikes which looked like mountain bikes were sold with warnings on them saying "don't use this bike off-road". The main reasons were probably that the brakes and wheels weren't strong enough to be reliable in off-road use, which puts similar amounts of stress on bike parts to motorized use.
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If you must have an electric bike the best deal going is at Wal-Mart online. https://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=5391437



For $279.46 you get a bike with a quality Currie electric drive system for less than the kit cost a year ago. I have built several electric bikes from kits and the Currie is the best add-on system and this bike was designed just for that system. Don't let anyone dissuade you from purchasing one. They fill a needed gap between a regular bike and a motor vehicle. They're not a replacement for a regular bicycle! If all you want to do is run to the local market or in your case a 5 mile commute to work and you don’t need to arrive covered in sweat you now have the vehicle that perfect for doing that. It only costs about a nickel to charge it and your boss will never notice he's paying that nickel for half your commute!
Again let me remind you it's not a replacement for a real bicycle. A good quality bicycle will allow you to go faster and further and you use your body as the driving power and not the local utility company.
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Old 02-20-07, 08:41 AM
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It will work fine for 5 miles. However, I would not put much money into it.
If you end up liking commuting using a bike, you will most likely purchase something better. Grab a backpack and save your money for now.
I started with a heavy MTB huffy for a 4 mile commute to the bus. Eventually, I concluded I was hooked and purchased a hybrid. Later the hybrid was exchanged for a touring bike.
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Old 02-20-07, 08:45 AM
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It'll be fine for 5 miles. It's not that long a distance and it'll be a great workout. If you move up to a lighter bike, you'll be flying due to the base fitness you got on the Huffy.
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Old 02-20-07, 09:11 AM
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i started cycling last may. it was on a huffy blade mtn bike. the bike lasted about a month. my rides were on flat roads and were about 12-15 miles max. often i used it to run errands with a cheap trailer behind it. the chain started breaking. after replacing the chain a couple of times and trying to tune it up myself a few times, i gave up on the bike and bought a new one.

personally, i wouldn't put much $$$ into that huffy of yours. i'd ride it with the expectation that it may or may not last for the long haul. i also wouldn't put a lot of faith in that it will be reliable to get me to work on-time every day. of course any component/bike can fail, there are all kinds of variables that affect them. however, i'm not sure the odds of it being consistently reliable are as high as they would be with a bike built specifically for commuting.
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Old 02-20-07, 09:17 AM
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I've been commuting for several years using a Wally World mtn bike. I've had no troubles at all. I keep the chain and gears reasonably clean, keep the correct air pressure in the tires, and use slicks rather than knobbies. I commute about 8.5 miles each way.

I would bet that your huffy will make the 5 mile commute just fine.
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Old 02-20-07, 09:23 AM
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Why not keep the Huffy, ride it and just fix the small things that come up. I mean it's a free bike that can get you from point A to point B. How can you do better than that?

My winter bike is a Mongoose (Walmart) MTB. I bought it used off Craigslist. I'm pretty happy with it. I like taking things apart so this is perfect as I'm planning on slowly replacing the components. So far I've changed out the suspension fork (recalled) to a rigid fork, replaced the cracked front rim with a nicer Mavik rim on a low-end Shimano hub, changed out both brakes for some new low-end Tektro brakes, etc.

Eventually it'll get new derailleurs and I'm not quite yet sold on the grip shifts although they do seem a bit easier to manipulate with mittens.
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Old 02-20-07, 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Cyrus
Ignore people who don't grasp the short length of 5 miles. This bike will do you fine.
With 3 miles each way, I destroyed my wal-mart bike (Next Brand, no better nor worse than Huffy) in six weeks to a state of disrepair that would have cost as much to fix as the bike cost be brand new.

A few points.

* Make no mistake. Your Huffy will eventually fall apart and it won't always be an easy or cheap fix with industry standard parts from your bike shop. If you replace the broken part with a factory part, it will probably break again. It might take 3 months or 6 months, but it will eventually happen.

* You don't need an electric bike for a 5 mile commute. If you want to, that's fine, but your money would be better spent on a faster, easier-to-ride and more bulletproof bicycle.

* You can pick up used bikes this time of year that cost $350-$500 new, for $100-$200 easily. They were built well, and they will remain strong for years to come. If you can find one that fits you well, you can save a lot of cash while still buying a quality bike. Use the cash you save to make your bike more commute friendly. Fenders, slick tires, racks, panniers, lights, and other accessories as you see fit.

Start saving up now. If you end up really enjoying your cycling experience on your current bike, it's worth the extra cash to upgrade.
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I'd keep it, but as a junker to take around places i'd expect it to be stolen (schools, neighborhoods, anywhere you can't lock up)
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I bought a huffy bike for a 1 1/2 mile commute each way. It lasted about a week before the pedal broke off. It didn't unscrew or fall off. The threaded bolt that held it to the crank literally bent in half and just popped out. It would not go back in. Also, if you are large (I am 6' 2" and 210lbs) the huffy bike will not work for you. I think this is why the pedal broke off on mine, not to mention I could barely ride the thing because it was too small (even though it was listed as an "adult" bike). Long story short, I returned that pos and saw the light, went to an LBS and got a nice bike that fit me, and it's a whole new world now.

Even a 1 mile commute is hell when your bike sucks as much as mine did. People walking on the sidewalk were almost going faster than I was. Maybe it was just me, or that specific bike, but now I ride much faster, easier and it is much more enjoyable. Just my $0.02.
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Keep it...I've been riding a DS bike for the last three years...its served me fine...and will serve me fine until I can get something better.

As others have stated...5 miles is nothing.
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One slight correction. It's not the fact that it is a steel bike that makes it heavy, it is due to the fact that they are using a low end steel that weighs 1/2 a ton. There are plenty of steel frames that are significantly lighter. I'm not sure if any are considered lightweight per say (I'm sure I will be corrected shortly). That term seems more appropriate for CF and ti bikes.
Just thought I would share.
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My snow/slush bike is a department store mountain bike that I pulled out of a dumpster. I put one new tire and one tube on it, and it has over 500 miles on it so far this season. Other than the tire and tube I've put nothing on it I can't easily move to another bike, and have had to do nearly no maintenance at all to it. (Shake the snow off after every ride, and I lube the chain and cables once a week when I'm riding it)
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I started commuting on a huffy and look at what happened to me:

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Originally Posted by fordfasterr
I started commuting on a huffy and look at what happened to me:

Man....I almost spit water water all over the screen when I saw that. I should know better than to read BF and drink at the same time.
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Originally Posted by n4zou
If you must have an electric bike the best deal going is at Wal-Mart online. https://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=5391437
The site says it has enough power to take you to a top speed of 15mph for 18-25 miles with normal pedaling. Most recreational cyclists on inexpensive equipment can easily average more than that for longer distances.

However, that bike is probably gives a really good workout. At 90lbs, it outweighs my velomobile (shown below) by about 40lbs.....

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hi
i was thinking of buying a huffy from walmart but since reading this thread im reconsidering my thinking..not a good bike huh...gawd some of thoes newer bikes are so $$$$$..thanks..

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coonsanders, if you're just getting into cycling and $$$ is an issue, check out Craigslist in your area for a decent used bike or see if there's a bike co-op in your area that might have restored bikes for sale or a build-a-bike program. It might seem counter-intuitive, but a used bike from one of these places is likely to be a much better bike than a new one from X-Mart. Just a thought to save some money and allow you to still get a decent qualilty bike. I myself ride a bike I bought new from Target, so it's somewhat hypocritical of me to say so, but it's best to stay away from these bikes, even the "nicer" ones w/ actual branded (e.g., Shimano) components, but I speak from 1.5+ years/4000+ miles experience and not simply to be condescending, snobby, or dismissive of other options.

If $$$ is less of an issue, check out the offerings at a proper local bike shop. You may be able to find some entry level hybrids there for ~$300, and they'll come with some regular service and warranty over the first months.
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