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Old 05-20-09, 07:47 PM
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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.
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Pictures?
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I'll try to get some pictures up quick.
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Here she is. I put a new bike seat on it and a bag on the front.
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Wow... one-piece crank? 1990s seems likely, but a one-piece crank?
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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?
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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.
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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.
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Ah Interesting. I think my last bike was a square tapered crank. I remember one side came loose and fell off once.
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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:
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Just curious, what does it matter when Sears sold them? Hope you didn't pay much for that...
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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.
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You might not have seen this, maybe can help http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/in.../t-277192.html
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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
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