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I need help identifying a BMX bike frame. Some background information: I bought the bike for my son about 20 years ago at an auction. At one time I was told that it was "valuable".

The only markings I can find on it are "HC1581944" and it is steel. Would appreciate any assistance in determining the brand of this frame.

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    Pictures might help (they're basically a minimum for identify a bike posts), but BMX bikes are quite difficult to identify and theres a lot of misinformation on whats valuable or quality (most of it is rubbish).
    – Batman
    Sep 26, 2017 at 22:45
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    Please add a single clear well-lit photo of the bike from the right hand side. Sunlight works best and flourescent light is bad. Add a second closer photo showing something unique or unusual, that may help in identification
    – Criggie
    Sep 27, 2017 at 0:25
  • Possible duplicate of How can I tell what brand/make of bike I have?
    – Adam Rice
    Sep 29, 2017 at 15:23
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    Welcome to Bicycles! While this kind of question is on-topic here, it looks like this frame is pretty generic and tough to ID. Additional information might help. For example, a picture of the headset/ headtube from the front might show identifying marks, and a closeup of the bottom bracket could also help. Sep 11, 2018 at 16:49
  • Was this bike ever identified? I have what looks to be the same unit which I acquired from a friend in the early 80's. Like this bike there are no identifying logos but the serial number on the neck reads HC1577068. The only other difference is mine has a two piece crank. Oct 13, 2018 at 1:30

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I see no bike - I see some scrap metal that used to be a bike, and could be a bike again if you add the missing parts.

Clearly visible is a 1 piece ashtabula crank which is not a high quality design. Also there is no reinforcement gusset between the top and down tubes so its not built for impacts or stunting.

Whoever told you it was valuable was probably selling it. Might become more valuable as petrol costs rise.

If the chrome is in good condition and there is no rust, then you can have a ridable and usable bike for a back-wheel, tyre, tube, freewheel+cog, chain, brake pads, and possibly some brake cable. I'm not quite sure what the thing on the downtube is - originally thought it was a cantilever from the front but it might be part of the rear brake mech.

If your location in the world requires two independent brakes you will need to fit a front brake as well to be legal, as well as any reflectors or bell or whatever is mandated by law.


Maybe a Huffy Pro Lightning? where did you find the serial number? the following link has some good detail shots you could compare to your bike and see if it matches. Its serial also started with HC but look for yourself. the fact it has a kickstand on it and some other low quality parts makes it look like its not a quality bike.


  • attached is picture of serial number location (per question in feed)
    – Karen
    Oct 4, 2017 at 14:26

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