Huffy Cranbrook

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Huffy Cranbrook

Postby Tomcat65 » Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:10 am

https://www.walmart.com/ip/26-Huffy-Women-s-Cranbrook-Cruiser-Bike/54713776
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A lady friend of mine bought one of these Friday. It's heavy, It was priced right. I'm going to make the best of it.

It'll be kept inside, in a garage, that should preserve it for a long time, Going to do a full tune and maintenance this weekend. That should make it as good as it gets in stock form. I've already cut 2 1/2 inches off of the ends of the bars to make it fit her better. The bars were swept back so far she couldn't stand up to pedal.

There's a crap thread on here about this bike already, but no one ever really addressed this bike specifically.

So, stay tuned, and please suggest improvements if you have any real life helpful suggestion, specific to this bike.
I've ridden it a time or 2 now, and I believe it could be a fun bike for around town.
The first thing I'll be looking into this weekend, is the rear cog, and how to get a larger one. Trying to get her into a gear more friendly on the hills. I'm sure it's a Shimano Nexus style cog, but I want to know for sure before I order.

Maybe someone will find something helpful, and not thunderously condemning about this bike in this thread. So, if you comment, try to make it something helpful :P
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Re: Huffy Cranbrook

Postby jasnooks » Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:56 am

White wall tires, and fenders for $79, not bad.
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Re: Huffy Cranbrook

Postby Tomcat65 » Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:41 am

The tires are actually pink lol.. The lady who owns it is about retirement age and trying to ride for exercise, heart health. I just want to make it reliable and low maintenance. I don't think that's too much to ask from this bike
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Re: Huffy Cranbrook

Postby Tomcat65 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:29 am

And so, I spent a week in Daytona Beach Florida..
And while I was there, I bought this:
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Huffy, Cranbrook cruiser, mirror red
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In the previous posts, I had bought a women's version of the same bike and it's been perfectly reliable. The lady who rides it was having a hard time with hills, so I changed the rear cog from the stock 20 tooth, to a 23 tooth, it made a huge difference. And for the record, it would have made a huge difference on the sand too. The Shimano Nexus style cogs are easy to change, takes about 15 minutes, and the chain is just long enough. A new chain would make it much better though.

The handlebars are swept back too far, and any other type of a handlebar would completely change the entire experience. I'm not a very tall guy, but at 5'9 with a 34" inseam, The seatpost was just barely long enough to get me in a comfortable riding position. The seatpost near full extension, makes this bike look a little off lol... The steel frame and cheap tires make it one heavy bike. The men's version does have a bottle holder location with 2 screws.

Overall, my experience with this bike was fine. It was short term, but it was clear, that a flat area of pavement was absolutely this bike's comfort zone, a gear change and it opens up a whole lot more. Would I buy it again? maybe... I am convinced that the Genesis Onex cruiser would fit me much better, but at double the price, I might settle for the odd look of the seatpost fully extended and I might even take a medium rise mountain bike handlebar in my luggage, a bottle holder, and a 23 tooth Nexus cog. The simplicity of this bike makes for a minimalist tool set to service it. A flat, and a phillips screwdriver, a small allen key set (up to 6mm), a few wrenches or sockets with a handle (10, 13, 15mm), and a 13/15mm combo flat cone wrench (like the Park tool DCW4)... all of that fits in a seat bag by the way, and it's all you need. Add a small pump, tire levers, and a couple of tubes, or maybe just a set of scabs and you could stay gone all day with confidence. My total cost of this bike, on this trip, including a cable lock, multi-tool, and a small frame pump, $115. And it fits in the back of a Chevy Impala rental car with the seatpost removed and one side of the car's rear seat folded down :P

Would I recommend this bike to you? If you want a cruiser, and you are average height and build, you won't find a better starter bike for the price.
For more money, there is much better out there, but you will most likely spend a few more dollars on random mods on those bikes too.



Worth mentioning, The first 2 days, I rented a 26" Specialized Hardrock. It was $45/day and the rear hub would skip if I stood up to deliver power. Renting a bike while on vacation seems like a great idea, until you've spent as much for rental, as you would have spent on a new bike.. The last day there, I had a young man who wanted to take it to a homeless guy he had spoken to, so it probably went to the nearest pawn shop, but I still consider it money well spent.
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