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Old 09-13-10, 12:38 AM   #1
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Grinder Happy

I was about to toss a old free spirit road bike when I looked at my grinder and had a neat idea. 5 hours later, some cheap paint and I think I like it!

I cut off the rear brake truss, some weird flange, deskinned the seat, and smacked everything with the grinder. I also removed the brakes, cut off the large front ring and positioned on the third cog on the rear. Viola! $5 single speed.

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Better pics tomorrow!
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Old 09-13-10, 12:33 PM   #2
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That paint is incredible, it looks just like bare metal.
Just kidding! Looking forward to better pics.
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Old 09-13-10, 01:44 PM   #3
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Here are some better pics. I like how grungy it looks. It rides great too!




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I love how simple it is and that you didn't spend much but only one thing worries me. It's not a fixie, and you took the brakes off?!?! Not even a front brake?
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I love how simple it is and that you didn't spend much but only one thing worries me. It's not a fixie, and you took the brakes off?!?! Not even a front brake?
For now I am just using my foot against the wheel as a brake. But I am working up a front brake for it. The thing is way too much fun to ride!
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Old 09-14-10, 06:57 PM   #6
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Wanna know what a crappy frame gets you? Serious weight. Even with everything removed this bike weighs 30lbs!!!
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Old 09-15-10, 12:25 AM   #7
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wow... that is sucky my Motobecane Mixte is 28 with a ton of stuff and 12 speeds.
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looks great!!!!!

get a brake even if its a coaster!!
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Old 10-18-10, 01:27 PM   #9
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Generally I'm not a fan of people butchering bikes, but I can tell this bike is happier for you doing this to it. That FreeSpirit was no collectors item and you made it fun again. Good Job! +1 to front brake, cheap and easy to do, the short cable won't mess with the lines of the bike too much. I'd use an old 3-speed/cruiser brake handle up on the bar tops.
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i love this bike
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Thanks guys. It is fun to ride, and since posting it I have added a front brake. Probably gonna swap the seat seen in the picture out as well.

I'm onto a new mission of breathing new life into a lotus...
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Generally I'm not a fan of people butchering bikes, but I can tell this bike is happier for you doing this to it. That FreeSpirit was no collectors item and you made it fun again. Good Job! +1 to front brake, cheap and easy to do, the short cable won't mess with the lines of the bike too much. I'd use an old 3-speed/cruiser brake handle up on the bar tops.
If your not a fan of people "butchering" bikes what are you doing snooping around the alt bike section?
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Ha, I stand corrected. Let me clarify, I'm not a fan of people butchering nice classic bikes where only a few examples still exist. No shortage of Free Spirits out there, in this case it seems like an improvement. In any case, it was not a troll attempt, but an honest expression of appreciation for taking something mundane and making something cool from it. I snoop here often, don't always have time to post, but there's been some really cool stuff in here. *edit*... and if I ever get the time to build it, I hope to post some stuff in here as well.

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Great Bike! I want one!
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FYI...you're seatpost clamp is on backwards (unless you meant for it to be in front).

I've got one of those Ted William's Free Spirits too...I went a slightly different direction with it than you...



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Wow, you really put a lot into that frame. Is that frame Hi-10 or one of the 531 frames? All the pics I've seen of the Ted Williams 531 Free Spirit were a golden color. The 3-piece crank on that is different than the single-piece crank on the OP's bike. I like them both.
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FYI...you're seatpost clamp is on backwards (unless you meant for it to be in front).

I've got one of those Ted William's Free Spirits too...I went a slightly different direction with it than you...



holy goodness that is awesome!
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