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    Senior Member flammenwurfer's Avatar
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    Korean made Free Spirit, doesn't look half bad

    Got a Free Spirit bike at a garage sale this morning. It has a sticker on the down tube that says Made in Korea. The bike doesn't look half bad. Lugged frame. Rear derailer says Shimano Skylark. Anybody have or seen one like this before?




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    Headtube looks like a faux lugged job.

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    I wonder if it was sourced from Kia. Last summer my LBS had a Kia Sandpiper 3 speed. Cottered cranks in 1985?



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    Could be!

    I think the lugged frame is fake lugging also. But at least they did a decent job of making it look like it. haha. It's not a high end bike that's for sure, but I hardly payed anything for it and it will be a nice bike for somebody to ride after I clean it up.

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    The chain ring looks reminiscent of a mid-70s Schwinn Varsity, the bolts, the chain guard, etc. Not exactly the same, but the same level of (lack of) refinement. The Shimano Skylark derailleur puts it in that period.

    [Edit] I should add that my mid-70s Schwinn Varsity runs pretty well, thank you. Comparing it to that is not intended as a derogatory statement.
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    Lower end but looks like it will make a nice rider for someone. The paint looks to be in great shape, which is a real bonus in my book when talking about a low end ride. You may not be fast, but you look good doing it.

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    My first "10-speed" was a free spirit. White with red, white and blue trim. I got it from Sears. Rode it all over the countryside, and out in the fields and fire roads. ...Bunch of kids who didn't need no mtn bike to go mtn biking!

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    I flipped this FS-3 a while back and it looks like a similar frame. I think mine was Taiwanese though and although it looked ok, the quality was terrible - fortunately it was a low-mileage bike when I got it.

    Spot welds inside the "lugs" were all that held it together and, it flexed bad enough for the tires to rub the chainstays under heavy pedaling. I hope the FS-10's quality is better...


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    That's not a bad looking bike either Chris in Miami. I guess that's the thing, they look good, but leave a little to be desired in the performance areas. Oh well, it'll be a decent rider.

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