Found this today at the thrift store. They were clearing out the "outdoor" stuff and were about to throw away everything that didn't sell, so I picked it out right before it went in the bin and dragged it home.
It's one of the Sears "free spirits", a stepthrough frame, full fenders, chainguard, north road bars, 26" 1 3/8 american wheels, a shimano three-speed hub, and sprung seat/grips.
I'm looking to build it up into a nice vintage style single speed. Suprisingly, it weighed 34 lbs right after I brought it home, and at least 6 of that is in the crank (i have a lighter one-piece lying around that'll replace it).
Keep frame, fenders, seat and grips as is, (cleaned and refurbished)
New pedals, clips or straps preferably
Small headlight, and round front and rear reflectors (to replace the ridiculous-looking triangle and wheel reflectors currently on the bike)
Flip the bars and buy one of those cheap vintage-looking "bike bags" they have at walmart, just for looks
Single-speed it somehow, partly because I want to but also because the 3 speed shifter cable is ruined. Since the hub defaults to the highest gear (direct drive + 33%) when no cable is installed, I need a smaller chainring. I could dig one up, but will the hub be able to withstand typical singlespeed abuse (ie, pushing it on climbs, spinning fast of descent, and lots or torque from a standstill).
Haven't really got my thoughts on this one together yet, if anyone has some cheap ideas for singlespeed (or advice on the method I'm already thinking of) it would be great.
Don't go after the bike though, it's heavier than most but not really a tank. It's surprisingly not bad to ride, even when it was rusty and had very little lubrication in the bearings.