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Old 11-24-12, 11:08 PM
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Free Spirit Aero 12

It seems this is the Canadian cousin of the Huffy Aerowind distributed through Sears' dealer network under the name Free Spirit. These bikes have kind of a cult following...not that they are super high end bikes but because they are unusual in their shape and components.

The tubes are smooshed to make them more aerodynamic and the brakes have a 'unique' aerodynamic look to them. It has a Shimano Altus group including FD, RD and shift levers. Shimano hoods and brake levers, and shimano hubs and araya steel 27x1 1/4" rims. The rims do have an unusual pattern to the rim wall. I picked this one up this morning at a garage sale with 2 others (Motobecane Mirage and an unknown Canadian made 10 speed - photos to come) and it seems like all it needs is a good cleaning. I will be replacing the bar wrap, shift cables, cable housing and the tires/tubes.

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Old 11-24-12, 11:35 PM
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Those retro Huffys sold by Sears often seemed like reasonable quality, if low-end.

Hard to imagine what the Huffy name evolved into.
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Old 11-25-12, 06:42 AM
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Huffys are still available, at your local Wal Mart . Problem I always saw with the aerowind was the seat post arrangement . Too short for a size variation of more than a couple inches , and a bolt running into a channel at the back that was a unique arrangement .
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Most likely Adamas AX components, rather than Altus. Not much of a cult following around here, but it is an interesting, quirky, bike.

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Old 11-25-12, 08:24 AM
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Wrk101 said it correctly it should be a Adamas group although from the pictures the crankset isn't Adamas. At least that is what my Aerowind has on it. Nice bike you have. I suspect Huffy ran low on some of the Adamas parts and subbed others in their place. My bike doesn't have the right brakes. Roger
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Originally Posted by rhenning View Post
Wrk101 said it correctly it should be a Adamas group although from the pictures the crankset isn't Adamas. At least that is what my Aerowind has on it. Nice bike you have. I suspect Huffy ran low on some of the Adamas parts and subbed others in their place. My bike doesn't have the right brakes. Roger
I had a Coast King fromCoast to Coast Stores,and it had all Adamas on it as well .The brakes differ as well .
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Old 11-25-12, 11:49 AM
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Those little brown dots are what appears to be paint spray. I was able to use nail polish remover on the hoods but what can I use on the frame that won't eat at my decals and paint?

It has those funny Adamas pedals but the other components say Altus on them.

I had to remove the wheels to get these to fit in my car, but I may have mixed them up. Are these the OEM rims that would go with this bike? It has a shimano hub with those textured rims. If not, they could be from a motobecane mirage or that other red Canadian bike I purchased.
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Old 11-25-12, 02:41 PM
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Maybe these pictures will help as they are of my Aerowind. I beleive it is a 1984. Roger
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Old 11-26-12, 12:56 AM
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Thanks Roger. The pictures are a bit small to see details but I can see the general idea.

I think the textured steel rims are from this bicycle...I believe I've matched up the other two to my two other bikes. I've taken the tires off and polished out the rims, hubs and spokes. I will need replacement rim tape on one or maybe both of the rims as well as new tires. I am also going to go with white bar wrap and try to find some white cable housing and replace the seat with a white saddle. I think that will set it off nicely. Other than that, new cables and this bike is ready to go. This was a pretty easy restoration, not too much other than consumables to do on this one as all the bike needed was a good cleaning and polish. I hope to have most of these supplies by tomorrow but it may extend further into the week. Pictures to follow when this happens.
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yes,it correctly it should be a Adamas group although from the pictures the crankset isn't Adamas. thank you
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Old 12-09-12, 08:24 PM
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I've finished this one up tonight. New saddle, bar wrap (why is the white stuff 4x the price of the black stuff?), cables, housing, tires, tubes, cleaned and polished, lubed, bearings cleaned and regreased, etc etc. I like doing things correctly, even if it does take me forever and a day to get it all done.

I think the white/light blue really sets it off nicely, but the white gets too dirty too quickly. I think my next bike will be matte black...grease stains will blend right in.

















It's pretty unique. I've been checking craiglist for what seems like ages now and I've only ever seen the one (listed as "Old ten speed, $25 - no picture).
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Old 12-09-12, 08:37 PM
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Cool!
That is a step up from the Huffy "The Wind" of the early 80's, from the looks of it. IIRC the Huffy had crimped dropouts, and was just cheesier all around. I like that Free Spirit. Love the textured steel rims.
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Old 12-09-12, 08:40 PM
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That turned out quite nicely. So if I'm seeing this right there is a section of the downtube and seattube that is ovalized? It looks like a rather competent bicycle and in good overall condition.
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Yes, just those tubes are ovalized. When I bought it I thought...oh man, someone put this into a press...but it looked too regular and intentional. I was confused but forked over my $25. It rides smoothly and has a funny humming noise when stopping from the texture on the rims.

I'm not sure why the white cable housing ($3.75/meter in white vs $1.25 for the black) and the bar wrap ($0.99 to $2.50 for black, $10+ for white) is more expensive but I bit the $15 cost difference on this one because the colour suits it.
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Actually, the original rims on my Peugeot PX-8 were like those on the Free Spirit. I never rode the bike with them on it, so I didn't get to experience the hum firsthand. Sounds like fun!

So do you plan to keep this bicycle now you have the ***** Cruiser?
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Actually, the original rims on my Peugeot PX-8 were like those on the Free Spirit. I never rode the bike with them on it, so I didn't get to experience the hum firsthand. Sounds like fun!

So do you plan to keep this bicycle now you have the ***** Cruiser?
Or, will you add cat stickers to this one ?
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Originally Posted by Gravity Aided View Post
Or, will you add cat stickers to this one ?
That's a great question and since Narhay seems to have developed a friendship with MADDISON666, he has a good source of high quality cat stickers. I guess the question is, will adding cat stickers make a Free Spirit Aero 12 anywhere near as good a machine as the ***** Cruiser? Methinks not.

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Agreed .
but cat stickers may cut into the aerodynamicity as well.
That, and those roller cam brakes .
Still not as good as the first and only P---- Cruiser .
But getting closer,every day .
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But the ----- Cruiser doesn't hum when you stop
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Please.

Air senses the ***** Cruiser coming and parts, much like Moses and the sea. This aero bike, while very shapely, can only manage to cut a surgical slice into the air. There is no competition.
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Are those steel or aluminum rims. I've had a few rims with patterns on them, all of which were steel.
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I don't know of a reason to have to have patterns on a aluminum wheel,always figured the patterns were to channel water off a steel wheel for braking ability , although it doesn't seem to help much .
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These are steel wheels. Are they stock? I think so but I am not 100% sure.
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