Huffy Mens Good Vibrations Bike, Maroon, 26-Inch
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- Men's cruiser bike with maroon-colored cruiser frame
- Beefy 26-inch whitewall cruiser tires and long steel fenders
- Upswept handlebars and extra-wide, double-spring seat
- Rear coaster brakes; recommended for ages 12 to adult
- Dual-density pedals; manufacturer's lifetime warranty on steel frame
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|Frame Material Type||Steel|
|Item Weight||48.17 pounds|
|Package Height||8.5 x 27.5 x 52.2 inches|
|Shipping Weight||43.7 pounds|
Since its establishment in 1892, Huffy has been known for its tradition of producing innovative and high quality bicycle products. Since that time millions of people around the globe have enjoyed the quality and value of a Huffy bicycle and Huffy has become one of America's most recognized bicycle brands.
The Huffy Good Vibrations men's cruiser is made for folks who want to enjoy the ride as much as the destination. Reminiscent of the classic bikes of the 1950s, the single-speed cruiser is a retro beauty. The Good Vibrations bike features a maroon-colored cruiser frame with beefy 26-inch whitewall cruiser tires, long steel fenders, upswept handlebars, and an extra-wide, double-spring seat. This simple combination of big tires, upright riding position, and cantilevered frame has been the stock and trade of cruiser bikes since the days of poodle skirts and tail fins. Use the Good Vibrations bike to cruise the campus, meander around the campsite, or ride to the store to pick up a gallon of milk. The design concludes with old-fashioned rear coaster brakes (they're controlled through the foot pedals, in case you don't remember). The Huffy Good Vibrations men's cruiser is recommended for ages 12 to adult.
Huffy, which made its first bike--the Davis Sewing Machine bicycle--in 1892, is so confident in the Good Vibrations that it offers a manufacturer's lifetime warranty on its steel frame.
Top Customer Reviews
It's inexpensive. I wasn't planning to ride a lot, or very vigorously, just wanted something for easy riding around the neighborhood, so I didn't want to spend a lot.
It assembles easily and was only missing a washer. I'd read the horror stories about online vs. local delivery, assembly difficulties, missing parts, etc., but went ahead and bought online anyway. Assembly was fairly easy, took about an hour, but everything fit fine although I had to fiddle with the fenders a bit to make sure they didn't rub. Metal on this bike is pretty lightweight, so there's a lot of flex in the fenders. As for parts, the only thing missing was a single washer that I was able to replace from my shop. And it wasn't a crucial piece, I could have assembled the bike without it if I had to.
Cheapness shows in the seat, which isn't very comfortable. I've ordered a better seat through Amazon.
Cheapness also rears its head in the brakes, which work but are on the wimpy side. After one ride, I'm thinking about adding a front hand-brake so I can stop as quickly and as suddenly as I like (or need).
Fenders tricky to install without rubbing (see above). But again, I knew I wasn't buying a Mercedes.
Overall I'm happy.
Now, the quality of the bikes has gone a little bit downhill over the years. As did most everything now a days. No more pride in workmanship, outsourcing of the labor to China, Society becoming more a culture of Disposable Consumers. I cant even buy a pack of socks that wont wear thin within a year. As a kid, my socks would last at least 2 years, and kids tear their clothes up. But to my surprise, this Bike is solid-built. It reminds of cars from the 50s-60s and such. Good steel construction, really aesthetically pleasing on the eyes, not exactly the highest quality, but if you properly maintained a car from that era, it would still be running strong.
I have went through and customized my bike a lot in the last few months. I had to have a banana seat, sissy bar, 36" ape hanger handle bars, and lights since I do most of my riding after sundown. I painted the bike purple, painted the rims gold, purple anodized painted the handle bars. I purchased front and rear racks but they didnt work as well as they should have so i put the rear on the front and custome made a rear rack using the shelf from the old front, and I got sick of constantly replacing batteries in the lights and had an extra lead cell battery from an APC Battery Backup unit, as well as two 12 volt 1.36 watt LED Bulbs that were designed for trophy case like display cases, so i made custom headlights and mounted them to the bottom of the front forks and trimmed up a toggle switch that i wired up and through the handle bars to the end.
The Bike being used (and abused) was in really rough shape when i first got it. After pulling almost everything but the axel hubs apart, regreasing and lubricating everything and then repeating the process two weeks later. it ran smooth. The rotor and distributor cap in my car fried 9 months ago and although i replaced the parts almost 7 months ago, my battery had died in the 2 month downtime and since i got this bike at the same time i haven't even tried to charge the battery and adjust the timing since this bike is so much fun for me to ride. (I'm also unemployed so don't have to worry about daily commutes, otherwise I would of put more effort into the car repair). Even with the banana seat I have done a couple of 25 mile round trips to my grandma's house. The seat is a little rough for that distance, but the childhood memories it stirs up is worth it. The springer seat that comes with this is much better for longer rides.
Now for my main reason for this, on Christmas i was riding to my grandma's house and i got rear-ended by a city bus. after all was said and done with the crash, the rear rim was bent to hell (this was aftermarket aluminum rim and the stock, my sissy bar bent, banana seat pushed up, one of my custom lights broke was disconnected due to the front rack bar breaking off. But the Frame and everything that was still Huffy was solid, the springer front end bent inside the tube which i only noticed since i took the thing off to paint it. I can see why Huffy offers a Lifetime warranty on this bike frame. I ended up buying a Huffy Deluxe. It has the front basket and rear rack (expandable slide out) and cup holder included. I think i;m going to leave it stock and take my "Good Vibrations" and rebuild it more chopper style and put a 4-stroke mini motor in it. Also Huffy has a Cranbrook "entry-level" model that costs about $80-$90 and the blue one looks really sweat. I was considering spending extra for a Nirve with a 3-speed and use it as a daily cruiser while this one got the motor, but after walking away in good shape and seeing this bikes durability, I am sold on Huffmans legacy.
If you too decide to go the Huffy route remember to lube and grease on schedule. chain once a week, internal bearings and such greased 6 months to a year. I ride more then most people so my grease schedule is more about 3 months. Schwinn actually has a good schedule posted in their manuals. If you only ride seasonally in summer, let some air out of the tires and be sure to hang the bike with the tires in the air. Preferably by the frame and not by handlebars and seat, i live in San Diego so even Christmas is bike season, i was wearing shorts on my ride to my Oma's. The higher priced cruisers can go on a longer schedule for maintaining but its still a better idea to do it early and do it often. After all cars don't need gas when the light goes on, the should be filled when it is minimum 1/4 tank left, that keeps the debris and grime from clogging your fuel filter and fuel pump and getting into the engine and causing more damage.