Hooray I got the Sears free spirit working!

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by thxcuz, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. thxcuz

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    I got a sears free spirit bike engine (you've seen them, also called tas spitz or bike bug) It wasn't a basket case but you can tell it hadn't been run in years. after a bunch of emails to msamigo and I lot of hair pulling I got her running. I must say this is a great little engine and a good design for a friction drive. It is beautiful in it's awkwardness.
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    I don't really trust my old schwinn speedo but I think my top speed is 20 with out pedaling. These were designed to be pedaled a little and I could use the exercise.
     
  2. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Active Member

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    Nicely done, thxcuz.
     
  3. 2door

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    Congratulations. You have to feel a sense of accomplishment with that project. Not only is it a cool motorized bicycle but a classic engine as well. Probably close to a collector item. Be prepared for comments from older folks who will remember that engine from Sears catalogs. :)

    Thanks for sharing your project and success with us. Have fun and ride safe.

    Tom
     
  4. ckangaroo70

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    Very unique and it looks like a fun ride! Well done.
     
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    Very Nice and Very well done... It's definitely not something ya see everyday either... I like it.
     
  7. Intrepid Wheelwoman

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    It's always nice to see a classic engine being brought back to life. :)
     
  8. silverbear

    silverbear The Boy Who Never Grew Up

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    Congratulations! Bike Bugs were my first foray into motorized bicycles. They can be fussy to bring back from the dead, but once alive again run nicely. The key to keeping them running is to use them. Let them sit and the little whatzits dry out and as you know the little whatzits are not so easy to find.
    SB
     
  9. 2door

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    And if there's anything that will take the fun out of life, it's a dry whatzit.

    Tom
     

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