Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-20-09, 07:47 PM   #1
Trance88
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Trance88's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Grand Rapids Michigan, USA
Bikes: 1985 Mens 26" Schwinn Sprint, 1993 26" Mens Free Spirit Fastback
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
When was my Free Spirit Fastback Made?

I just recently got a Free Spirit Fastback 12 speed Bike. Definitely not the greatest bike in the world but I wanted to know when this bike was possibly made. Does anyone have a clue to when this model of Free Spirit was made? I just know that it was made sometime in the 90's. Any other info on this model would be sweet too.
Trance88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-09, 07:49 PM   #2
Doohickie 
You gonna eat that?
 
Doohickie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas Church of Hopeful Uncertainty
Bikes: 1966 Raleigh DL-1 Tourist, 1973 Schwinn Varsity, 1983 Raleigh Marathon, 1994 Nishiki Sport XRS
Posts: 14,460
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 43 Post(s)
Pictures?
__________________
I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."
Doohickie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-09, 07:50 PM   #3
Trance88
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Trance88's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Grand Rapids Michigan, USA
Bikes: 1985 Mens 26" Schwinn Sprint, 1993 26" Mens Free Spirit Fastback
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'll try to get some pictures up quick.
Trance88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-09, 08:12 PM   #4
Trance88
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Trance88's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Grand Rapids Michigan, USA
Bikes: 1985 Mens 26" Schwinn Sprint, 1993 26" Mens Free Spirit Fastback
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Here she is. I put a new bike seat on it and a bag on the front.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg My bike.jpg (99.2 KB, 44 views)
File Type: jpg My Bike model number.jpg (94.1 KB, 16 views)

Last edited by Trance88; 05-20-09 at 08:22 PM.
Trance88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-09, 08:32 PM   #5
Doohickie 
You gonna eat that?
 
Doohickie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas Church of Hopeful Uncertainty
Bikes: 1966 Raleigh DL-1 Tourist, 1973 Schwinn Varsity, 1983 Raleigh Marathon, 1994 Nishiki Sport XRS
Posts: 14,460
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 43 Post(s)
Wow... one-piece crank? 1990s seems likely, but a one-piece crank?
__________________
I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."
Doohickie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-09, 08:40 PM   #6
kenhill3
use your best eye
 
kenhill3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Olympia, Washington
Bikes: '75 Bertin, '93 Parkpre Team 925, '04 Kona King Kikapu, '05 Bianchi Vigorelli
Posts: 3,058
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
Wow... one-piece crank? 1990s seems likely, but a one-piece crank?
Long live the Ashtabula crank!

Wasn't Free Spirit sold by J.C.Penney?
__________________
"I tell you, We are here on earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you any different." - Kurt Vonnegut jr.
kenhill3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-09, 09:05 PM   #7
Trance88
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Trance88's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Grand Rapids Michigan, USA
Bikes: 1985 Mens 26" Schwinn Sprint, 1993 26" Mens Free Spirit Fastback
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It was sold by sears actually. Hmm one piece crank? What other types of cranks could there be? I really don't know a whole lot about bikes.
Trance88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-09, 09:13 PM   #8
Doohickie 
You gonna eat that?
 
Doohickie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas Church of Hopeful Uncertainty
Bikes: 1966 Raleigh DL-1 Tourist, 1973 Schwinn Varsity, 1983 Raleigh Marathon, 1994 Nishiki Sport XRS
Posts: 14,460
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 43 Post(s)
Three-piece. The old style was cottered cranks like this:



Newer is the square-taper crank:



Here's a shot of the crank removed- you can see the square hole in the middle.:



I guess there are other newer styles- splined and stuff.
__________________
I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."
Doohickie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-09, 09:23 PM   #9
Trance88
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Trance88's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Grand Rapids Michigan, USA
Bikes: 1985 Mens 26" Schwinn Sprint, 1993 26" Mens Free Spirit Fastback
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Ah Interesting. I think my last bike was a square tapered crank. I remember one side came loose and fell off once.
Trance88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-09, 09:33 PM   #10
kenhill3
use your best eye
 
kenhill3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Olympia, Washington
Bikes: '75 Bertin, '93 Parkpre Team 925, '04 Kona King Kikapu, '05 Bianchi Vigorelli
Posts: 3,058
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The OP's crank is a one-piece. or 'Ashtabula' crank. You can see NO crank bolt in the pic.

One-piece cranks still come on many childrens' bikes and cheap 20" BMX style bikes.

Ashtabula, from Sheldon's site:
__________________
"I tell you, We are here on earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you any different." - Kurt Vonnegut jr.
kenhill3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-09, 08:12 PM   #11
bikinfool
I have senior moments...
 
bikinfool's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Woodside, CA
Bikes: Many
Posts: 2,152
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Just curious, what does it matter when Sears sold them? Hope you didn't pay much for that...
bikinfool is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-09, 12:22 PM   #12
Trance88
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Trance88's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Grand Rapids Michigan, USA
Bikes: 1985 Mens 26" Schwinn Sprint, 1993 26" Mens Free Spirit Fastback
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I bought it off craigslist for 20 bucks. I've been looking around and I think the bike was made sometime around 1993 or 94. I can't figure out the date code so I'm not sure.
Trance88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-09, 02:27 PM   #13
bikinfool
I have senior moments...
 
bikinfool's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Woodside, CA
Bikes: Many
Posts: 2,152
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You might not have seen this, maybe can help http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/in.../t-277192.html
bikinfool is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-11, 06:44 PM   #14
lindlu49
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: OHIO
Bikes:
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I think I have the same bike and believe I bought it new in '93 or 94. Sorry that's all I remember right now
lindlu49 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:11 AM.