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1976 JC Penney Eagle II
 

1976 JC Penney Eagle II

Catalog Clunker with sweet wheels!

I volunteer for a local bike collective, where we take in donated bikes (bound for the junkyard) and fix them up to give to kids and adults who need transportation.  Sometimes we get a rare gem, like this one.

The bike itself, given the date on the Bendix coaster brake arm, appears to be 1976.  It's a Huffy, made for JCP with the Eagle 2 name and JCP head sticker.  The entire bike was in very good shape for its age, and all the parts were standard no-name generic ones save for the wheels.

Yes, those are genuine Motomag 2s!  They are in near-mint condition, no breaks, no cracks, just the black paint was a bit dirty.  No hand brakes were used on the bike, and the wheels spin nice and smooth.  The front tire has a Cheng shin on it, the back a later tire.

I've been trying to find info on this bike to determine if the Motomag 2s were standard on this bike, or added on by the user.  For a 38 year old bike, it was well-cared for.

The frame has dangerous-looking dropouts: crimped and tack-welded to the stays.

A Flickr user, Wishbook, has a collection of Sears, JCP, Ward's, and other catalog scans.  Sadly, I can't find a blue Eagle 2, just a later version.

Any help identifying the year would be appreciated, as there is no serial # on the bike.

Of course, given the awesomeness of the wheels, I had to get them for myself.  I'll likely put them on my old Nova, as I've always wanted a pair of these.  I'll remove the paint and polish them up real nice.

Submitted by RadNova

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  • Dirt Jump / Trail
  • Company: JC Penney
  • Model: Eagle II
  • Wheel Size: 20"
  • Headtube size: 1"
 

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