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Old 08-17-05, 07:12 PM   #1
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anybody know about a "free spirit" bike?

i found an old bike in a trailer... one speed, front and back fenders, has "free spirit" painted on, very comfortable. i cleaned it up, put a schwinn 3-speed planetary on it, front brakes and it came out a very comfortable and reliable bike. id like to know a little bit about it, i have found very little relating to it. most i can guess is its late 50's early 60's. ill post some pictures and the serial number tomorrow.
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Old 08-17-05, 07:22 PM   #2
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The Free Spirit line was made and distributed by Sears. They were heavy bikes but very well made. I still have one that my mom purchased in the 80's. Not sure of the components haven't even looked at it in ages.
That is about all I can tell you, good luck finding out what you looking for.
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The early Free Spirits (1960s), made in Austria by Steyr-Daimler-Puch, weren't bad. The later boat anchors made by Huffy are a different story.
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The early Free Spirits (1960s), made in Austria by Steyr-Daimler-Puch, weren't bad. The later boat anchors made by Huffy are a different story.
My sister's first ten speed was a Free Spirit. I agree this is a house brand, but I don't thought it was JC Penny or Sears. Unfortuntely, hers was bed news from the start - out-of-round wheels and cheap components. If you got an older one and it seems fine, more power to you.
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ill post a picture as soon as i find the cord for my digital camera
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My sister's first ten speed was a Free Spirit. I agree this is a house brand, but I don't thought it was JC Penny or Sears.
It was Sears.

My first ten speed was a Free Spirit, too. It was from the early 70s. I loved that bike.
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