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Huffy, what's the deal?(14 posts)

Huffy, what's the deal?I Love Shimano
Sep 16, 2001 7:14 PM
I've noticed that a lot of you guys look down on Huffys. What's so wrong about them? I haven't tried any of them, but I saw a picture of LeMond in the TdF riding a Huffy. A Huffy alongside Colnagos, Bianchis, and Pinarellos? You betcha.
"I'd rather push my bike than ride a huffy" :-). nmnestorl
Sep 16, 2001 7:24 PM
"I'd rather eat worms that ride a Jap motorcycle."Humma Hah
Sep 17, 2001 9:51 AM
Famous bumper sticker, probably distributed by Harley.

Me, I rode Jap motorcycles, a really fine little Suzuki GS 450 roadbike, and a Honda 200cc enduro bike.
"If Harley made an airplane would you fly in it"JS
Sep 17, 2001 10:41 AM
Saw this on a T-shirt at a supercross race.
Was it a "real" Huffy?DrD
Sep 17, 2001 3:30 AM
So was it a real Huffy, made alongside the department store BMX bikes, or was it a "Huffy" in the same manner that Lance A's timetrial bike in the 99 tour was a "Trek"?

I think the bad rap Huffy's get is because most of them are lower-end, lower-quality bikes than what many people currently ride - just fine for a kid, though! Unfortunately, some people have a little trouble understanding the business side of things (I believe Huffy or their parent company, if they have one, now owns Airborne and a few other manufacturers), so they assume that once Huffy acquires another company, they force their manufacturing practices onto them (they aren't the Borg, guys!).
Was it a "real" Huffy?Akirasho
Sep 17, 2001 5:13 AM
Yep, it's hard for most of us to seperate the "Huffy" moniker from low end "Mart" bikes, but that doesn't tell the whole story.

Some of the R&D guys at Huffy are quite accomplished designers and builders of their own one offs as well as "team" bikes.

I live not too far from Huffy's HQ (as well as Airborne's) and have come across some of these rides (and riders) out on the road. The business side suggests that Huffy will stay in the low end market (at least as far as the name goes) but the R&D side could design and build anything (wish it were still being done in Celina, OH).

We abide.

Remain In Light.
Was it a "real" Huffy? More to the storyDavid Feldman
Sep 18, 2001 6:07 AM
Until around 1970, Huffy was a distributor and relabeler of English bikes; they sold Alex Moultons and Carlton Flyer and Catalina bikes--hanging in garages in Southern Cal, Huffman used to be based in a town east of LA--are probably hundreds of these bikes!
There have been worse ...Humma Hah
Sep 17, 2001 9:47 AM
... The Borg of cycling is probably Columbia, aka Pope Mfg, or something along those lines. This was an attempt, circa 1898, to develop a bicycle monopoly. It didn't work.

Yet Columbia produced, and continued to produce, some decent bikes. Huffy has too. However, they had some lapses, including some cruiser frames that broke easily during a short production run, which produced that bad image.

We all knew the Schwinn cruisers were better than the Huffy cruisers, if we could afford them. But we were not very hung up on it. A bike was a bike. We all loved our bikes.
Ok for kids?NCP
Sep 17, 2001 8:51 PM
I wouldnt let my kid ride a Huffy. Unless it was a Gt or a Schwinn.

Huffys are just bad, crude, unsafe, crap.

Im sure they make the $$ but I cant stand crap.
It's all about design tradesChris Zeller
Sep 17, 2001 9:08 AM
It's true that there is a lot of snobbery on this board, but as other posters have hinted on, the problem with Huffy bikes isn't that the company doesn't know HOW to make high end bikes, but that they choose not to. Their marketing strategy is to produce mass numbers of inexpensive low end bikes. Their design trades are heavy on price and low on performance. LS, Serritta, Seven, Merlin etc. aren't inheriently better bike builders, they just have chosen to make the opposite trade, high on performance and low on price.

It all comes down to engineering choices. I disdain Huffy bikes, but I'll bet that Huffy as a company makes tons more than all the high end manufacturers combined.
Huffy Teamsjaybird
Sep 17, 2001 10:28 AM
If I remember correctly Huffy actually sponsored 7-11 back in the 80's. I think a few of them have been ridden in the tour, although they were most likely rebadged. Does anyone else remember this or do I need to quit smoking so much EPO?
Huffy Teamspmf1
Sep 17, 2001 12:21 PM
Yep, Huffy did sponser 7-11 back in the 80's.

As I recall, they made decent bikes at that time. Someone bought them out and decided to concentrate on producing cheap bikes for department stores. Maybe Trek will go this direction and we can all laught at them in the nex decade.
No reason why Huffy couldn't make comp bikesChris Zeller
Sep 17, 2001 3:22 PM
There is no reason why any manufacturing company couldn't make competition level bikes--that's just not where their marketing focus hs been. There is no reason to ride "rebadged" bikes. They could manufacture their own as prototypes.

Huffy's marketing strategy has been successful--$168 milion last year even with the slowing economy.
re: Huffy, what's the deal?Blue 'Goose
Sep 17, 2001 11:04 AM
That "Huffy" was actually a Serotta rebadged as a joke.

Typically, people look down on "department store bikes",
ones that are inexpensive and put together by people who
typically have no expertise at assembling bicycles.

Huffy bicycles are symptomatic of the overly heavy metal

You get what you pay for. Many peoples first bikes were
Huffy bikes. But most people quickly move beyond that.