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    Any body No what year my bike may be!

    I have a Firestone 500< I found it in our shop while we were cleaning it out.
    it was covered with dirt and i could hardly see the color..It looks like my first
    new bike when i was 12 years old.(except mine was a huffy) It is wonderful, I am planning on painting it but my husband says no you will ruin it. I want to restore it and i am so tempted to have it painted but my husband said I wouldn't be able to find the decals and right now you can see the Firstone decals on it..any sugestions out ther
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    Senior Member rothenfield1's Avatar
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    I had a hard time seeing the bike because the image was so small and I am not familiar with Firestone bikes. But, one popular way to get a good idea of the year of a bike is to date the components. Stamped on the back of most bike components is some sort of date code that, when decoded, will give you the date of manufacture of that component. Of course, components can be replaced over time, so it is not a foolproof method. However; typically, if several of the components date to about the same year, itís a good clue as to the bikeís age. Here is a site that is commonly used to interpret component date codes:
    http://www.vintage-trek.com/component_dates.htm
    There are several sites that will reproduce decals for you. It typically takes some good quality photos:http://www.velocals.com/servlet/StoreFront
    This is also a good resource for researching bikes and components, although I had no results when I researched ďFirestoneĒ. http://velobase.com/Default.aspx
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    Senior Member RunningPirate's Avatar
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    http://thecabe.com/vbulletin/showthr...-Firestone-500

    This link says somewhere in the 60's...does this bike look like yours?
    There's nothing for you to see here...just move along, now...

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    Thank You I will check it out!

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    If you click on my blog I just started you can see it..it is a small picture...I have not figured out
    how to post one on here yet! I am pretty new at this...Thanks

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    It's pretty easy to post pics once you have a photo management service such as 'photobucket' which I use. I've read that 'picasa' is good as well, but there many others. Once you have uploaded an image to one of these site, you can copy & paste the image to your post. BF has their own photo tool, but it will only handle lo-res pics.
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