Bicycling in and around Atlanta.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Dumpster Bike

The other day I found a I saw the wheel of a bike sticking out of a dumpster. Never one to let a good (or bad) bike go to waste I fished it out. It's a strange bike, a Huffy 512 st. I can't find anything on the internet about this particular model but here's what I know. I think it was probably a model made in china to sell at either Walmart or K-Mart in 90's. Evidence? None really but it has horizontal dropouts and the relaxed geometry found on the sport-touring bikes of the early 80's. It also has the infamous stem shifters that we all remember. The 26" wheels look odd on a bike of this size, and the kicker a threadless stem.

So what am I going to do with this miracle of engineering. I have no idea but I couldn't just let it go to the dump.


iwalkwithwolves said...

I just recently came across one of these myself. All winter I saw one buried in the snow on the side of someone's house and finally got up the courage to ask the person what they planned on doing with the bike. The gentleman dug it out from where it was for me and told me I could have it if I wanted it. While it needed some work; new tires (old ones were weather worn, and cracked), tubes, and a regular tune up... it now runs great. It is a Huffy 512st, men's style bike just like what you have described as having found. I have found no information in regards to this bike either. Let me know if you do manage to find anything out.

Joe Delamater said...

I have one of these, too. Based on my initial serial number research, mine was made in 2007. My serial is HC0746242. I'm told the first numbers indicate the year. I've tuned this up and replaced some basic parts and it functions great. It goes at a respectable pace, especially against my Schwinn Tourist which is my baby. Here is a link to my Huffy.