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Old 08-04-08, 07:33 PM   #1
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Free Spirit Frame-$15-worth it?

So my buddy is probably going to buy a Free Spirit frame--with fork, stem, and handlebars--for $15 in good shape. How are these bikes? I don't really know the year, but I'm assuming 70's...maybe early 80's. If anyone has any input, that would be great!

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Old 08-04-08, 07:35 PM   #2
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throw on a cheapo $100 wheelset and co-op cranks and flip it on CL for $200.
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Overpriced by $16.
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Maybe somebody is paying him $15 to take the frame.
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Overpriced by $16.
i gave mine away for free because it was such a piece of ****. and it was 10cm's off of my size.
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But for a cheap project fixie; still good? Remember, we're not totally looking for quality.
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But for a cheap project fixie; still good? Remember, we're not totally looking for quality.
Seriously, no. Not even for a cheap project. You could do a lot better with very little effort. Crazy heavy department store garbage. I've heard tales of a few nice models they built, but I've only ever seen gas pipe boat anchors. Post a pic so we can talk you down.
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Just a frame, stem, and bars? Nothing else? No it is not worth it.
I have bought complete running bikes for $10-20.
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Those things are giveaways ... they were the department store bikes of the 70's.
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OK, that's exactly what I was searching for. Thanks so much guys! I'll tell him not to buy it.
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ehhhh... only buy stuff that'll transfer to a better frame. thats what im doing with my beater bike build
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i don't think fifteen bucks is unfair, but it's not a good bike (they were sold by sears in the 70s, similar to next, et al of today). if you can get over the frame's weight and assuming it doesn't have single piece cranks/press in bb*, it's not the end of the world, but you'll be likely to find better in a co-op or on freecycle.

*there are conversion kits if it is
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some sears (free spirit) bikes were made in austria by puch
I have two 3speed that were
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I pulled one from the dump for a winter bike. It didn't make it til winter.

One of the dropouts was missing a weld and had a 1/16" gap to the frame.
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