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    531 frame Sears bike?

    This guy on another forum must have been joking when he said the Ted Williams ten speed has 531 main tubes.I hope he's correct,it would be nice.The ride was "snappy" The bars are like the Schwinn Randonneur style.The headbadge is Free Spirit but Ted williams name. Ted Williams was or is a baseball player ,famous enough for Sears to name a Bike after him.Any info would be nice or just check out the pics of a certified Vintage Ride.Thanks All
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    Sears sold several 531 framed bikes in the 70s.

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    austro daimler built several models of bikes for sears in the 60's and 70's. dunno why it was important to get Ted's name on'em but that's what they did. this looks like a later Japanese one to me, with the stamped dropouts and plastic cable guides. The ones with 531 were so marked, as I recall, with the appropriate sticker.

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    I recall seeing the 531 model in a 60's catalog. It had a chrome rear triangle. The one pictured looks like a garden variety non-531 Sears bike to me.
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    You can probably tell by the seat post diameter.
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    A Sears/Ted Williams 531 frameset was listed on Boston's CL the other day:

    http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/bik/481894263.html

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    Sears used to put the Ted Williams name on all of the better sports gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hocam View Post
    You can probably tell by the seat post diameter.
    It would be 27.2, is that right? How else can someone identify a 531 bike? Maybe a better question would be, how would I know if a Trek 660 has 531 tubes?

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    The one in the pictures looks like one I passed up at the flea market for $10. It said "Made in Austria" on the head tube, and had Simplex plastic derailleurs. For what it seemed to be, it was surprisingly light.,,,,BD


    I just bought a Suteki from the thrift store. A Panasonic built road bike with rims and hubs very much like my Voyageur. Components are Shimano 600. It was sold at Sears for $450 and was soon discounted to around $200 just to get rid of them. An odd low end frame with high end (for the time)components.
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    I have that exact bike in my basement, it was a freebie and barely worth that. Some of the Sears bikes are butted 531, that one is not. It's kind of cool for a clunker though IMO.

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    Ted Williams was part of the Sears Sports Advisory Team, along with Edmund Hillary and others.

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    Sears used to be so cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jet sanchEz View Post
    It would be 27.2, is that right? How else can someone identify a 531 bike? Maybe a better question would be, how would I know if a Trek 660 has 531 tubes?
    By finding the serial number and looking it up here: www.vintage-trek.com


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    I am whipped and scourged with rods! Nettled and stung with pissmiers! (Shakspere) But cool info now I learn a little more.the guy was right sears made 531 frames after all .I will post it now Thanks
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    pissmiers?

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    I have a gold 531 Free Spirit built up as a fixie. Exact same frame as in the CL ad above. It's a nice ride, reasonably light, and a good "sleeper" bike.

    It had some crappy parts hanging on it when it was brought in to the local back-alley bike shop - definitely below the quality of the frame - but who knows if they were original.

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    There is a 531 SEARS Ted Williams for sale on ebay now...check it out. Sorry no link.

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    Dang, that "taller rider" notation in their secondary title got me excited. I wish people who sell
    bikes online would learn what taller frame means. Maybe they mean taller than they can ride? It reminds me of the guys on CL who list a bike for a TALL person, and there's a foot of seat post showing on a 15 inch MTB, lmao.,,,,BD
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    Ted Williams was arguably the greatest baseball player of all time. He was the last player to hit .400 for a season. Had he not voluntarily taken time off to fight in WW2 and the Korean War, there would be no argument.

    He was also one of the first sports jerks.

    His deal with Sears probably put his name on more sports equipment than anyone other than Chuck Taylor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbarnlane View Post
    Ted Williams was arguably the greatest baseball player of all time. He was the last player to hit .400 for a season. Had he not voluntarily taken time off to fight in WW2 and the Korean War, there would be no argument.

    He was also one of the first sports jerks.

    His deal with Sears probably put his name on more sports equipment than anyone other than Chuck Taylor.

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    Totally unrelated but...... Does anyboy else remember YAZ bread, after Carl Zastrzemski, a Ted Williams contemporary??
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    Quote Originally Posted by greybeard87 View Post
    Totally unrelated but...... Does anyboy else remember YAZ bread, after Carl Zastrzemski, a Ted Williams contemporary??
    For the record:

    Ted Williams career: 1939-1960
    Carl Yastrzemski's career: 1961-1983

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbarnlane View Post
    Ted Williams was arguably the greatest baseball player of all time. He was the last player to hit .400 for a season. Had he not voluntarily taken time off to fight in WW2 and the Korean War, there would be no argument.

    He was also one of the first sports jerks.

    His deal with Sears probably put his name on more sports equipment than anyone other than Chuck Taylor.

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    Joined voluntarily WWII due to public pressure, even though he was exempt as sole suport for his mother, called back against his will Korea. Flew 39 combat missions including being shot up and returned to base in a flaming jet with no controls, crashing to the runway and sprinting away from the exploding plane. As far as being a jerk, some people may think so, but he was a highly intelligent, self-made man with a short temper who didn't take guff from anyone. I believe some of it was an act to get people to leave him alone, which was his preference. Behind the scenes and out of public scrutiny he was extremely kind and generous with his time and resources.

    There is a Sears Ted Williams 531 frame on ebay now, matches the one I have:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Sears-Free-Spiri...QQcmdZViewItem

    I don't think the blue one that started this post is 531, I've only seen them in this green color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbakl View Post
    There is a Sears Ted Williams 531 frame on ebay now, matches the one I have:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Sears-Free-Spiri...QQcmdZViewItem

    I don't think the blue one that started this post is 531, I've only seen them in this green color.
    Man I was hoping that wouldn't come up on this thread. The saddle and bag will probably make it go to high anyway.

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    I seem to recall that the sears frames were straight gauge 531, rather than butted, but at least Aears was trying. NOt sure about the butting as the sticker on the e-bay one looks like a butted tubing decal.
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    I posted this before, but here it is again. This is an earlier one than the one on ebay, and mine (some non-original parts):
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