AGE / VALUE:   value of my bike posted by: Joshua Horn on 4/15/2007 at 12:55:15 PM
Does anyone know what the worth would be on a mint-condition 1974 Sears "Free Spirit" racing bike? It is my main transportation, not looking to sell it just wondering what it would be worth. I can't drive cars due to my bipolar and other disorders that I have. I take medications that keep me from driving as well.

    value of my bike posted by John E on 4/16/2007 at 9:46:54 AM
First, thank you very much for realizing your limitations and eschewing driving. Lots of other people drive even though they really shouldn't, and they are a threat to other road users.

Second, please tell us a bit more about the bike. I once owned a Free Spirit from roughly that vintage; mine was very heavy, with a one-piece steel crank and welded "gaspipe" frame, but some of the earlier Free Spirits were nicer, lighter products of Steyr-Daimler-Puch, Graz Austria.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   value of my bike posted by Joshua Horn on 4/16/2007 at 11:02:27 AM
Thanks :)
Yeah I realized sometime ago that it was not a good idea to drive. And I did not want to go againsed the wishes of my family, they wanted me kept safe because of my disorders. My best friend kinda knew that early on, and my father had a 1975 Free Spirit bike that is in bad shape so he bought me this pretty-well kept 1974 model at a garage sale for an amazing 20$. He then gave it to me and told me it was a 1974 Sears Free Spirit. I keep it in top shape all the time and I ride it everywhere since I live in a very small town where there are bike lanes everywhere. Anyways, here is a photo of it amongst newer bikes that I think dont look as cool hehe.
As you see its got the guards around the tires, it has all its orginal paint and decals and is all stock.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   value of my bike posted by chris on 4/16/2007 at 7:43:33 PM
Free spirit bikes can be a story in themselves.Sears bid out their bike production to the low bidder so a free spirit could be a raliegh or a murry or others. Check out sheldon brown's bike construction site area to learn how to tell how your bike is built.That will show its true value.(is it double lugged?)

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   value of my bike posted by David on 4/17/2007 at 4:39:33 AM
From the photo, it looks like yours has the chainstay ends squashed and spot-welded to the dropout: cheapest type of frame construction. Ride the bike if you like it, but you'll have difficulty selling it.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   value of my bike posted by Joshua Horn on 4/17/2007 at 6:37:12 AM
Thanks for the info!

Yeah I like it, I wasent planning on selling it, its my main transportation.

    value of my bike posted by John E on 4/19/2007 at 10:36:23 AM
Assuming I can trust my memory on all of the fine details, your Free Spirit looks VERY much like did. It is cheap, basic, environmentally friendly transportation and reasonably durable -- nothing wrong with that!

AGE / VALUE:   raleigh record/tunturi 500 r posted by: steve on 4/15/2007 at 6:42:15 AM
ok douche i didnt ask if a collector was interested i was just trying to find out about the f'n history of these bikes, so thanks for help.... not

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   raleigh record/tunturi 500 r posted by ken on 4/18/2007 at 10:46:43 AM
No need to call names, Steve; David didn't lie to you, he just didn't answer your question. OldRoads expects you to maintain a certain level of courtesy, especially if you want answers for free.
If you want history, read Sunset for SunTour for the dates your components were made, and search for date codes on your hubs and stuff. Read the Raleigh pages on Sheldon Brown's site.
Did you search the archives for references to your machines?

AGE / VALUE:   Rollfast 26" 3-speed with light&generator posted by: Rick on 4/15/2007 at 3:04:43 AM
Recently aquired this bicycle, would like to know age and value. Have photo and can e-mail. Could not figure out how to add photo to this site.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rollfast 26 posted by ken on 4/18/2007 at 10:53:20 AM
I'd like to see the photo.
To post to Oldroads, you have to have a small file (is it still 100K?) - click on the Picture Database link and then the Add a Picture
I wish everybody would post a picture of every bike that isn't already in there, just for reference, with as much info as possible included. (Sorry, Vin, I know it's work for you.) It's great to be able to scan the list for a make or model and find out all about it.

MISC:   1974 Sears "Free spirit" racing bike posted by: Joshua Horn on 4/14/2007 at 8:15:03 PM
Hi, new here, name's joshua and Im from Texas.

I have a 1974 Sears "Free Spirit" racing bike. It's in good shape, but the shifting system isent shifting half the time, how should I go about cleaning up the gears, shifters etc?

   RE:MISC:   1974 Sears posted by David on 4/15/2007 at 6:36:33 AM
Your library will have a book covering basic bike repairs and adjustments. It will help you.

   RE:MISC:   1974 Sears posted by chris on 4/16/2007 at 7:59:25 PM
1st if its not rusty(if it is wire brush first)clean sprockets with dawn using a toothbrush and scotchpad scrubby. then do chain. check chain for tightness,remove a link if needed.Still trouble, visit local bike shop and ask if tuo need a new chain or an adjustment.

   RE:MISC:   1974 Sears posted by Scott on 4/20/2007 at 1:00:22 PM
You didn't give much to go on.Is it when you shift up/down?It could be the cable is sticking from some rust build up or it has a kink in the sheathing some where.Doesn't take much.

AGE / VALUE:   raleigh record posted by: steve on 4/14/2007 at 8:11:43 PM
i picked this bike up cheap and cant find any info on it. someone please help. it is 501tubing and has sontour 7 derailer and pretty much everything else is raleigh made

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   raleigh record posted by David on 4/15/2007 at 6:34:19 AM
Neither of your bikes is of any interest to a collector. Check Craig's List to see how much old 10-speeds that work sell for in your area. That's probably the most you can expect to get for them.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   raleigh record posted by Scott on 4/20/2007 at 1:06:57 PM
If the Suntour 7 is original you can figure the age out here- -Cheers Ride you fool RIDE!