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Posting pictures of before/after/coming soon. (My bike)

Old 03-03-11, 10:36 PM
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Posting pictures of before/after/coming soon. (My bike)

I said I was going to post some pictures up of my 88 Huffy Aerowind so I'll just do the "before" and "during" now. The "after" picture should be sometime after next week hopefully . I just got: new black crank set and cog, black and silver chain, black wheel set (Amelias- yeah, I know, it's cheaper...), stem, front brake, black pedals, and head piece. Hopefully it'll look a lot more sleek. Sorry about the quality of my "during" picture below, took it with my phone. The frame color is the same as the before picture. Let me know what you guys think. I don't mind negative comments.

Before (found this on the internet, but it's pertty close to what it use to be)


During


Thinking about a new paint job. Should I do a powder coated white frame or just keep it original and shine it up? Any suggestions? I would like a lot of parts to be black obviously, but can't decide on the frame color....After picture coming asap.
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Originally Posted by JLN_HuffyAero88 View Post
Let me know what you guys think. I don't mind negative comments.
Sorry to say, but you're sticking way too much money into a Huffy. With that cash you could build up a pretty decent bike. If you sell it, whatever you do, don't say that it's a Huffy. Just push it off as an unknown road frame that you converted.
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Old 03-03-11, 10:49 PM
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he's learning something, on the plus side. should turn out fine.
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the before picture was perfect, why in the world would you strip it?
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I'll give you $20 plus shipping for the crank and bottom bracket.
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Originally Posted by FastJake View Post
Sorry to say, but you're sticking way too much money into a Huffy. With that cash you could build up a pretty decent bike. If you sell it, whatever you do, don't say that it's a Huffy. Just push it off as an unknown road frame that you converted.
I concur.

And holy wheelbase, Batman.
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Old 03-04-11, 08:27 AM
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Originally Posted by striknein View Post
I'll give you $20 plus shipping for the crank and bottom bracket.
I stripped it because I wanted a SS with one brake, and I couldn't stand the the old cassette cog look ... I'll be keeping the parts just in case anything where to happen. I have it for back up lol. I'm planning on working on other bikes too. "Better" ones, maybe an old Madison, so I'll keep all the parts in my garage for now.

The only thing I bought new were the wheel set and pedals. Sorry for the term "new." It's all new to me! I got the bike free. It was worth $100 when I received it, and I'm putting $165 in it. So if you think about it, $65 or far... I'm not to mad about it, I know it's a "Huffy" haha. Don't judge me!!
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Adjust your saddle height and ride the wheels off it.
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Originally Posted by Squirrelli View Post
And holy wheelbase, Batman.
That wheel base has me lost for words.

Im not sure how turning is going to work. Seems like with that long of a wheel base your turning radius is going to be unfathomably massive. To compensate for this your are more than likely going to try and lean more which is inviting pedal strike*.

*Nevermind saw you were running it single speed, but something to keep in mind if you ever think of trying it fixed.

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The turn radius is pretty wide. But I only ride for fun. More for commuting to school (college) and to work. All about 10 min away from where I live.
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sweet fixie bro
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If you're going single speed, you should probably put two brakes on it. If fixed, one is ok.
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Old 03-04-11, 08:51 PM
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Originally Posted by sharpsandflatts View Post
sweet fixie bro
Thanks, first compliment so far, haha.

And I don't like the brake cable running to the back wheel. Why if fixed, one is okay? I don't seem to have a problem. I'm really just wondering, I'm not trying to be rude...
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Originally Posted by JLN_HuffyAero88 View Post
Why if fixed, one is okay? I don't seem to have a problem.
When riding fixed you can use your legs to slow down or lock up the rear wheel. Therefore, the rear brake becomes redundant.
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Old 03-05-11, 09:25 AM
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I know you can do that, but why have a brake at all when you can just lock up by reversing pedal turns? For more safety?
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Short answer: a front brake will stop you much faster than just slowing down or locking up the rear wheel.

https://sheldonbrown.com/brakturn.html
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I see.... Thanks Fast Jake


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My bike is doneee. Pics up in a few days.
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Can you measure the wheelbase? I'm curious how long it actually is.

Is it just me or do those tubes look flattened? Maybe it's just artifacts in the images, but the before picture looks like the seat tube is compressed in the middle, and the during picture looks like the down tube is flattened. Does anyone else see that?
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Yes, I can measure it later when I have time to take the after picture... I chose a longer wheel based bike because one, it was cheaper, and two, it's a more comfortable ride. I just commute to work and school. I don't care about the turn radius, etc.

But yes, my down tube is flattened. The before picture is a different year model so it's a bit different. The down tube and the seat tube seems to be flattened. I just had that to show the color of the frame and what not.
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Oh, and look at my fork, it's pretty curled out.
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you think a huffy with a flattened downtube is worth a hundred bucks? and you think sinking a hundred and sixty-five more dollars into it is a good idea? the huffy didn't cost one hundred dollars when it was new 25 years ago, the downtube is the most stressed of the main triangle, i'm not sure riding this thing is a good idea, how was it flattened?
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you think a huffy with a flattened downtube is worth a hundred bucks? and you think sinking a hundred and sixty-five more dollars into it is a good idea? the huffy didn't cost one hundred dollars when it was new 25 years ago, the downtube is the most stressed of the main triangle, i'm not sure riding this thing is a good idea, how was it flattened?
From the way that JLN_HuffyAero88 explained it, it sounds like the bike was designed that way: One year Huffy made the bike with a flat seat tube and down tube; in another year only the down tube was flattened. That's how I understood it anyway.
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Ahem, "aerowind." Aero tubing.

Just waiting for the photos.
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I didn't buy it. But if I had 100 bucks right there, I would have.

And yes, it was originally flattened... After pics up tomorrow (hopefully). Waiting for one more thing to come in! Sorry :/

The wheelbase is approx. 109cm
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Those Aerowinds are actually surprisingly high-quality for a Huffy. I have one (all-original) that I use to travel from Ocean City to Atlantic City. The aero tubing looks pretty cool and very rarely do people actually recognize it as a Huffy. Never thought to convert it to a single speed/fixed gear though. Maybe I'll try it after seeing the success you've had in your conversion. Post pics when it's done, I can't wait to see!
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