The other morning, I was driving through the neighborhood and saw this bike laying at the curb, alongside a pile of trash bags, waiting to be hauled away to the dump. Not on my watch!
This dirty old Huffy Thunder Road bike is a survivor, and I’m pretty sure it’s all original, including the tires and dirt. This bike brings back so many memories for me. While I didn’t have this exact model, I had one that was very close. We all had BMX style bikes, and would customize them with spray paint and stickers. My bike was painted flat black all around, even the spokes and wheel rims. I love the seat on this bike, and if I remember right, it’s called a bread loaf, or banana bread, or something — it’s not a banana seat, it’s the whole loaf. The bike has some sexy curves and an almost sissy bar on the back. (Is it obvious I’m not a bike guy?) So much style!
What would make someone decide to just throw it away after all these years? I could not imagine this bike being tossed into the back of a garbage truck and crushed to bits. The last thing I need is another kid’s bike cluttering up my garage, but this bike is not going to be scrapped if I have any say in the matter. Now what do I do with it? Surely, someone will want it, right? Maybe I can restore it? Or maybe, I customize it entirely — a Batman themed 70’s bike sounds pretty good. I might need to free up some space on the wall for a new exhibit…
That’s amazing! My brother had one of those.