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Old 03-15-16, 06:44 PM
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Sears Mens Free Spirit 10 speed Road Cycle

I have an old (1970's) Free spirit 10 speed cycle that I need to do some repairs on. The repairs themselves are fairly straight forward, but all the model/serial numbers are to worn to read.

All I really know is that is is maroon with teal highlights, and a 10 speed bike.

What I need to know is if it uses a cassette or freewheel, and what size the wheel is because I might have to replace them if I can't straighten it out.

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no pictures; no way to assist you.

regarding wheel size - look for markings on the rims and the tires.

It definitely has a crankset.

It definitely does not have a flywheel.

It definitely has a freewheel.
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Are there any markings/numbers on the wheels or tires?
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Model & Serial # aren't very important most of the times. Bikes of that era had pretty standard, cross-compatible parts.

If you can be more specific about what needs fixing, you will get more help.
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If it looks like this, it has an Ashtabula (or one-piece) crankset with double chainrings. These haven't been made since Schwinn stopped making bikes in Chicago.

You can get a bottom bracket adapter that will allow you to install a modern English-threaded bottom bracket and alloy crankset, but I assure you that conversion will cost more than the bike is worth.
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I'm looking to to replace the crankset, freewheel, new wheel to accommodate a larger freewheel in back, both deraileurs, putting shifter/brake levers on, and running new brake and shifter cables. I found parts that I'm pretty sure would fit, but not 100% sure. All the parts i found are below, not looking for top of the line anything just not destroyed by rust. I also have the matching front wheel in my cart if they fit,
Amazon.com : Shimano Tourney TX55 6/7 Speed Rear Derailleur : Rear Bike Derailleurs : Sports & Outdoors
Amazon.com : Shimano Tourney A070 7-Speed Double Front Derailleur : Front Bike Derailleurs : Sports & Outdoors
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...dp_o_pC_nS_ttl
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A2BC4UAL3GWVUQ
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=A7ULJO7NAWM0L
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._dp_o_pC_S_ttl
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I know the bike isn't worth the dirt caked on it. In all honesty I just want to keep the frame since it's still pretty sturdy.
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Originally Posted by jordb48 View Post
I'm looking to to replace the crankset, freewheel, new wheel to accommodate a larger freewheel in back, both deraileurs, putting shifter/brake levers on, and running new brake and shifter cables. I found parts that I'm pretty sure would fit, but not 100% sure. All the parts i found are below, not looking for top of the line anything just not destroyed by rust. I also have the matching front wheel in my cart if they fit,
Amazon.com : Shimano Tourney TX55 6/7 Speed Rear Derailleur : Rear Bike Derailleurs : Sports & Outdoors
Amazon.com : Shimano Tourney A070 7-Speed Double Front Derailleur : Front Bike Derailleurs : Sports & Outdoors
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...dp_o_pC_nS_ttl
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A2BC4UAL3GWVUQ
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=A7ULJO7NAWM0L
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._dp_o_pC_S_ttl
If you have a one-pice crank, the crank you linked to won't fit unless you get one of these: TruVativ Bottom Bracket Conversion American-to-Euro Adapter - Harris Cyclery bicycle shop - West Newton, Massachusetts

and one of these:Shimano 68mm UN55 Cartridge Bottom Bracket - Harris Cyclery bicycle shop - West Newton, Massachusetts
Mind the size.

And unless you have steel rims, or the wheels are in poor condition, there's really no need to replace them.
Adding some spacers to the axle, a slight redishing, at worst a longer axle should be enough to keep the old wheel in use.

Might need/want to spread the frame for the wider wheel to fit nicely.
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Gotcha. I should hopefully take it out of storage this weekend and can take pictures to post here, as well as get more specifics to add to here.
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ALL bikes have a crankset, and some type of freewheel. Flywheels are things you find on cars or machinery, not bikes. Wheel sizes are marked right on the rim. That 7-speed freewheel will NOT fit an old 5-speed wheel. That 7 speed wheel requires a 126mm dropout, and you probably have 120mm dropouts. Is the crankset you are looking at even compatible with your square-taper BB (or does it have a cottered-crank BB?). Or, does it have an Ashtabula 1-piece crank? If so, is it worth replacing ALL the components with new parts AND an adapter? Also, Free Spirit bikes are generally cheap, old junk. Why would you even want to update something so junky? If you wish to continue 'upgrading' this boat-anchor, you will also need to take this frame to a framebuilder to 'cold-set' the dropouts to the new setting, and you'll need to also replace the chain, as well as the shifters. Now we're getting into more than $200 in parts going onto a $10 frame. Does this even make sense?

Judging by your questions, I would suggest that you don't currently possess anywhere near the level of technical expertise needed, and that you should reconsider this ill-advised project. Also, another poster suggested that you re-dish this wheel; trust me, you do NOT have the skills to do this correctly.

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Old 03-16-16, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by AlexCyclistRoch View Post
ALL bikes have a crankset, and some type of freewheel. Flywheels are things you find on cars or machinery, not bikes. Wheel sizes are marked right on the rim. That 7-speed freewheel will NOT fit an old 5-speed wheel. That 7 speed wheel requires a 126mm dropout, and you probably have 120mm dropouts. Is the crankset you are looking at even compatible with your square-taper BB (or does it have a cottered-crank BB?). Or, does it have an Ashtabula 1-piece crank? If so, is it worth replacing ALL the components with new parts AND an adapter? Also, Free Spirit bikes are generally cheap, old junk. Why would you even want to update something so junky? If you wish to continue 'upgrading' this boat-anchor, you will also need to take this frame to a framebuilder to 'cold-set' the dropouts to the new setting, and you'll need to also replace the chain, as well as the shifters. Now we're getting into more than $200 in parts going onto a $10 frame. Does this even make sense?

Judging by your questions, I would suggest that you don't currently possess anywhere near the level of technical expertise needed, and that you should reconsider this ill-advised project. Also, another poster suggested that you re-dish this wheel; trust me, you do NOT have the skills to do this correctly.
I keep trying to edit the post and was finally able to make it work but I meant freewheel or cassette. I have the mechanical skill to do it, just not the knowledge about bicycle repairs specifically. I'm not looking to buy a brand new road bike because I don't have that kind of money and I don't plan on doing any hardcore racing on it, just light commuting to work and back, roughly 8 miles one way. I know the 7 speed wont fit a 5 speed wheel, which is why I also added the wheel in the list of parts, if it fits the bike frame. Replacin the chain, shifters and cables are simple enough and those I've done before.
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It's pretty easy to spread the rear triangle to fit a wheel with seven speed cogs, if you want to try that.
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Between your posts on this thread, and the other one where you have broken several spokes on your wheel, I seriously doubt you have anywhere near the skill needed. You certainly don't have the experience. Regardless of whether you can put your bike together in a correct and SAFE manner, you still can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. At best, you have a $50 'beater bike'. Why drop $200 into parts that a) won't fit, and b) won't be any improvement? Better to just go out and spend $100-$200 on a DECENT used bike than waste your time and money on this one.
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Originally Posted by jordb48 View Post
........... Replacin the chain, shifters and cables are simple enough and those I've done before.
OK, let me take you up on that. First of all, what do you use to 'break' the old chain and put the new one on? Second, how do you determine what the chain length should be?

If you can't answer either of these questions without a google search, you are in over your head, and should stop now, before you do something dangerous.
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Once again, mechanical skill to do it, just not the knowledge about bicycle repairs. But with the risk of you attempting to crucify me, a chain tool/splitter and you use the largest gears to size it. Forgive me if I'm wrong but the whole reason I'm on here is to make sure I do get the right parts. Moral of the story is that I want to rebuild the bike regardless of value because I don't feel like buy a new one, and because I got this one for free to fix up/play with. It's a "**** it" bike and this is how I'd like to use it. Either point me in the right direction to get the proper parts, or how to fit the parts I chose on it or get off, thank you.
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You may be better off spending your money in a used bike off CraigsList. Sears Free Spirit were bottom of the barrel bikes.
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You may be better off spending your money in a used bike off CraigsList. Sears Free Spirit were bottom of the barrel bikes.
Not all of them. There was an Austrian-made Free Spirit (the "Ted Williams" model, IIRC) that was made from Reynolds 531 tubing, had forged dropouts, etc. Possibly the ugliest 531 frame I've seen and equipped with mediocre components, but it was light and rode decently and was light-years better than the USA-built gas-pipe Free Spirits.
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I may be better off buying a new bike but the whole idea is that I would rather work on the one I have.
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If you're doing this as a learning experience and don't mind sacrificing the cost of parts and tools to gain that experience, don't let the naysayers discourage you. You've stated multiple times that you understand the bike isn't worth the investment. That's good enough for me.

I'd suggest you hold off on buying anything until you can post pictures and then ask about one task at a time.

If there is any rust on the bike, I'd start by making sure the stem and seatpost can be removed/adjusted. If not, you may have some insurmountable problems getting the beast in tip top condition.

As for the crank, check out this link: One-piece ("Ashtabula") Cranks

I'd be surprised if that isn't what you have.
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Yeah, absolutely. Wish I had the bike with me currently to take some pictures. Should have them up by Monday.
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All judgement of skills aside, if he's got an Ashtabula crank, it ain't worth doing anything to it.
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All judgement of skills aside, if he's got an Ashtabula crank, it ain't worth doing anything to it.
It's probably at least worth replacing and greasing the bottom bracket bearings. Also, you can get some kind of cool chainrings for Ashtabula cranks.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K;
If you're doing this as a learning experience and don't mind sacrificing the cost of parts and tools to gain that experience, don't let the naysayers discourage you. You've stated multiple times that you understand the bike isn't worth the investment. That's good enough for me.
YEAH! If jordB48 understands that he's looking at spending ~$300 to fix up his Free Spirit, and he knows he could get something much nicer for that $300, and is likely to make some mistakes and waste some money along the way, and it might not be safe to ride afterwards - then who are we to argue?

But if he wants to go really cheap, he probably doesn't need new derailleurs or a crank, and he could get a 120mm OLD wheel on a freewheel hub and whatever freewheel he wants, put on his new chain and ride.

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This reminds me of one of my earliest bike project experiences. I was, maybe, 14 at the time and had bought my first 10 speed a couple of years earlier. It was Huffy mark 10, came with leather saddle, Huret ders, 26 x 1 3/8" tires. I was beginning to really ride this bike tens of miles and had already taken it all apart to regrease it the winter before. I also had just made contact with riders who had nicer imported bikes. So of course I had to be just like them (mistake #1 ).

I decided that upgrading the brakes was the right way to improve the bike (mistake #2 ) so went into the shop that I had bought the bike from and bought a set of Weinmann 999 750 center pull calipers, levers, hangers and cables over the shop's suggestion they wouldn't fit (#3). A few frustrating days later I was back at the shop asking for a refund. My lesson learned was to listen to the experts. I still need to listen to experts sometimes these days.

Now what I should have done was to replace the steel rims with alloy ones as well as the steel bars with alloy ones. These two changes would have made SO much more improvement (then the brake project) in actual ride. But I was young and dreaming. Andy.
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