1988 Huffy Techtra Lite Road Bike

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1988 Huffy Techtra Lite Road Bike

Postby JohnnyMullet » Mon May 04, 2015 12:34 pm

So as usual, I was browsing Craigslist and this particular road bike really caught my eye! I see this same guy in Cleveland fixes and sells bikes and he also accepts trades. I called the guy and asked him about the road bike and told him I had a Raleigh M20 mountain bike complete and a Fuji Ace road bike racing frame/fork combo and he said he was interested. I had no need for the Fuji frame and the Raliegh was just an extra mountain bike that I rode only a few times.

I got up early this morning and drove an hour to Cleveland to meet the guy and he had a garage full of older bikes and bike parts. Most of the bikes he was selling were good quality older road bikes like Motobecane, Schwinn, Viscount, and other various bikes. Then he pulled out the bike I was interested in. Here are the specs..........

1988 Huffy Techtra Lite 12 speed Road Bike
One piece (Ashtabula) crankset
Shimano front and rear deraileur
Shimano 7 speed cassette
Shimano stem shifters
Chromoly drop bars
Araya 27" alloy rims
Kenda 27x1 1/4 tires
Aluminum alloy stem

Enough of the chat, here are pics of this sweet Huffy..................

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I have always been a fan of the older American made Huffy bicycles and love the Ashtabula one piece crank due to it's simplicity and strength. When I seen this bike on the Craigslist ad, I knew I had to have it and made it happen today. I will update this thread later. Enjoy!
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Re: 1988 Huffy Techtra Lite Road Bike

Postby Falkon45 » Tue May 05, 2015 7:01 am

This bike is awesome! Change the tires and ride!
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Re: 1988 Huffy Techtra Lite Road Bike

Postby JohnnyMullet » Tue May 05, 2015 5:31 pm

The only upgrades planned for this is to replace the white cloth bar tape with a white bar tape that will be easier to clean, a pair of aero brake levers and some less knobby 27" tires.
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Re: 1988 Huffy Techtra Lite Road Bike

Postby JohnnyMullet » Sat May 09, 2015 1:25 pm

700c wheel conversion is done...........

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Re: 1988 Huffy Techtra Lite Road Bike

Postby JohnnyMullet » Sat Jun 20, 2015 6:30 pm

The 700c wheels were cool and all, but I switched back to the original 27" Araya rims. Since I switched my drop bars for flat bars on my commuter Huffy, I decided to upgrade the racer Huffy with some lightweight bars, stem, and aero brake levers. The old chrome plated steel bars were very heavy and the old school brake levers with suicide bars had to go. I removed the old bars and stem and did a swap..............

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I use Specialized white cork bar tape for the wrap to replace the horrible cloth white tape that was on it...........

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There was plenty of tape to do the project and there was at one point I had to unrap and rerap and had no issues. I think it came out very nice.............

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I did not need to replace the brake cables, but decided to go ahead and replace them with black so for cables on this bike I have black for brakes and grey for gears.
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Re: 1988 Huffy Techtra Lite Road Bike

Postby Falkon45 » Sun Jun 21, 2015 12:01 am

That is just sexy. I love it.
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Re: 1988 Huffy Techtra Lite Road Bike

Postby JohnnyMullet » Mon Jun 29, 2015 5:24 pm

How about some white wall road tires to replace the gum wall knobby tires................

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Re: 1988 Huffy Techtra Lite Road Bike

Postby junkyarddog » Mon Jun 29, 2015 5:59 pm

I ditched the suicide brake levers on my schwinn..... 1 was missing so I only had to remove one.... my hipster bike has them too...
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Re: 1988 Huffy Techtra Lite Road Bike

Postby Falkon45 » Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:29 pm

That bike looks great! Really makes me want to build a vintage road bike.
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Re: 1988 Huffy Techtra Lite Road Bike

Postby JohnnyMullet » Tue Jun 30, 2015 4:36 am

The best part about this older steel road bike is the ride! So smooth and comfortable compared to the higher end bikes.
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