Huffy Bike Recall Brings Back Nutty Memory
Huffy just recalled a bunch of bikes because the “crank” could come off causing loss of control and cause injury. I have no idea what the crank is. We have a Huffy bike in the garage. Maybe I’ll dust it off, chase away the recluse spiders and see if I can get a new one.
But this recall brings back a memory that guys can identify with. Most of us had single speed bikes back then. There were three speeds, but not very popular.
After a couple summers of hard use, a kid would rip off the front fender because it was all scratched and dinged. Soon to follow would be the back fender. It looked much cooler.
I had a problem keeping the front tire from getting punctured so that would come off and on with a lot of regularity. I could repair the tube with a little kit, and get high from the fumes from the glue. (hmmmm, I could use those brain cells now.)
Anyway, the front axle spindle was threaded and easy to remove. So easy that after a while, I just left off the nuts that held the axle to the frame.
OK you know what happened. But here are the details. I was going down the biggest hill in town and right in front of the fire station was about an 8″ curb cut.
No problem ordinarily – jerk up the handle bars and land on both wheels.
That’s why every guy my age still cringes when we watch a video of a skater getting nutted by a handrailing.
The only equivalent that I can recall the pain was after my vasectomy.
(All juice and no seeds.)