Today we’ve run across the street to spy this One Piece Prize in the front window of our local hardware store. I always wondered who won the raffle bikes.
My Mom won this bike in a drawing from the Coast to Coast store in Oak Harbor, Washington in the spring of 1980.
It has become like an old friend and has survived some periods of non use and neglect. I have ridden it considerably the last twenty years or so and logged who knows how many miles on it. I live in Seattle and use this bike as my main transportation around the neighborhood and on bike path rides up to 25 miles. Everything is original or like original except the seat and pedals. Yes, it’s a department store bike but Huffy made these and they are great classics.
Coast to Coast stores were a wonderful part of Americana in the sixties and seventies. These hardware stores were usually located along the main street of small towns. They had a variety store atmosphere with a section that included a modest selection of sporting goods and Huffy made bicycles and skateboards. I foolishly tossed my Huffy thunderboard with urethane wheels when I moved in 2005. I will never let go of this beautiful ten speed.