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Discussion in 'Classic Balloon Tire Bicycles 1933-1965' started by robert bell, Jun 10, 2018.
what year or model of twin flex have a straight downtube? most appear curved
got pics of other 1938's with curved downtubes. 38 catalog (huffman) shows curved too. what gives??
The best way to date these is the fork crown numbers. V/r Shawn
I think the straight down tube was more of an early vs late kind of thing, because Huffman introduced the curved down tube into their line in 1938.
They also introduced the Twin Flex that same year.
It is odd, that any of the Twin Flex models were produced with a straight down tube, since that was going to be their flag ship model for 1938.
But, for some reason, the first generation of the redesigned Twin Flex models had a straight down tube.
They had both in 38. The Death bike is curved which would be the earliest frame. I think its more of a standard model or the deluxe badged models.
got 4 8 on fork, serial on bottom bracket H81500 or 481500
Is the primered bike above yours? Is there another number under the H81500 likely either "1" or "2"? The 4 8 if on the primered bike would indicate April of 1938. I'll write more on my thoughts about this later as I really don't agree with the aforementioned theories on this. V/r Shawn
We are all waiting for your thoughts on this the twin flex bike are confusing
James Frazier (209) 481-9464
Early Twin Flex ads of straight and curved bar
I love the cabe information galore
James Frazier (209) 481-9464
I have a piece of literature that I can not attribute but is a mini history of Huffman from 1922-41. It talks about the introduction of the Twin Flex (TF) and says that after the recall of the original design aka "death bike" the TF was re-introduced in April of 1938 as a '39 model. It goes on to say "the model had a straight down tube for a month before it was changed to the double curved tube." This supports what Marty @cyclingday said about this being an early vs. late thing. The TF is an interesting model consisting of a lot of variety that is often overlooked. Such models as the tank camel back, economy TF--no tank, and a host of other things. This is probably a subject worthy of more study and a monograph at some point but I got other irons in the fire right now. V/r Shawn
Weak... Factory literature or a collectors opinion page literature? Factory catalogs show straight bar frames into 1940. Twin Flex was a option, so most models could be provided from the factory as a Twin Flex.
I agree John which is why I would like to collect as much info as possible. We have seen a lot of Huffman stuff that doesn't show up in any catalogs. Huffman's own dealer lit of the day essentially said they would option a bike to customer's desires and TF was an option on most bikes. So if someone has an original TF with a fork number of Jun '38 or later that would certainly dispel what I said earlier. V/r Shawn
1939 option page and 39 straight bar frame
got primered frame in process, not here at house quite yet. got that nice green tank that was for sale too