Date: Sat, 1 Oct 2005 10:07:05 -0700 (PDT) From: Don Wilson <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Classic Rendezvous <email@example.com> Subject: [CR]1964 Huffy Sportsman lugged, drops, sturmey 3 sp hub...Qs
Wouldn't normally buy a Huffy, but I couldn't pass this cute old made in england huffy by. Can anyone tell me who would have made a clubman style for Huffy in early 60s? The man who sold it to me said he bought it new in about 1963 or 1964. I suspect the Raleigh, but who knows? Anyway, its got three speed rear brake Sturmey hub and, surprisingly, a twist shift mounted on the right drop (marked L, N, H, which makes one wonder what N stood for). It has a front hand brake lever on the left side of the drop. No fenders, but it does have a chain guard. A red and white plastic seat. A tube sticker says: Genuine English Lightweight. No, I doubt we're talking anything but gas pipe here. Still, the drops are delightfully skinny and narrow in that old fashioned look. It is dark red in color. And just generally charming.
Don Wilson Los Olivos, CA Don: It's basically a cool B-grade Raleigh. Just like a Dunelt, Armstrong, etc. of its day. "English Lightweights" were so popular, that everyone wanted to sell them at one point. Check the hub shell for year and month of manufacture - that will likely correlate closely to the bike's vintage. The "N" stands for "Normal" (not neutral...!), as in direct drive, not under- or over-drive. Greg Parker Ann Arbor, Michigan