Model: Free Spirit
Obtained: Fathers Day 2011
Found: Good Will Outlet
What was I thinking? I found a bike so crappy it wasn't even good enough for regular Goodwill it was banished to the Goodwill outlet! When your (then) wife says here's $20 go have a nice father's day and you decided "hmm maybe I can find a bike for this amount" then Goodwill outlet is a place to look.
So how does a bike qualify as not good enough for Goodwill? how does it get to the point that it has be sent down to the thrift store minor leagues?
- "Gas pipe" steel tubing
- Hideous baby poo brown color
- Rakish handlebar angle
- Widespread rust
- One Piece Astuluba type crankset
The rust on the chain was so bad that it was seized into one sold piece. When I went to push it toward the cash registers the rear wheel didn't turn it just skidded along the floor. It was actually a miracle this thing didn't have a stuck stem or seat post. This bike reminded me of a rule that I started out with looking at old bikes "buy something you would enjoy owning when your done with it", I definitely broke that rule with this bike. After I got done moaning about department store 10 speeds I took stock; its a Sears bike and probably 10 times the quality of the current crop of bikes from Wally world, it had a (mostly) decent set of components, the bar tape was surprisingly in mint condition and I had enough bulk parts and items floating around in the parts bin that I could rehab this on the cheap and sell it at a likewise "priced to move" amount. I was also reminded by the wise Hugh that I was keeping a bike out of the waste stream and making it useable again.
- The rear derailleur was rusty, crusty and broken, fortunately I had a brand new Shimano Tourney RD that I got on sale to replace it with. I think I paid as much for it as did for this whole bike LOL
- The rear cassette it was rusted solid so I dropped the pie plate and went with a six speed FW I had in the parts bin. An upgrade to 12 speeds!
- Even after a thorough wash and wax the rear chain stays were very scratched up so that needs to be addressed. There's patina and then there's crappy looking- nuff said.
- The tires were dry rot city and normally I would just replace them with new ones on a rebuild but to save money I used some lightly used specialized tires I had salvaged off another bike.
Linda Richman "the Free Spirit is neither Free nor particularly spirited...discuss ".