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10 SPeed Free Spirit

Old 04-26-15, 12:21 PM
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10 SPeed Free Spirit

Really no way to identify this one.

I would say like 1970s or 1980s.
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Old 04-26-15, 12:38 PM
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Free spirit was a Sears branded lowest of the low end bikes. Usually made by Huffy, AMF or Murray. Barely worth the effort to carry it to the trash can
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Old 04-26-15, 12:42 PM
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lol I got it for 10.00 bucks.. you will be surprised.. Someone will buy it in Houston Texas.
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Put streamers on it & advertise it for $1000. No, not really. You may get crank calls. Better just donate that to the nearest Goodwill.
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lol
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drunks like me need a bike to ride to the pub and feel great peace of mind to lock it outside with only a cable lock.

and if a crackhead steals it, who cares? not me. i'm drunk. "taxi!"
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Old 04-26-15, 02:28 PM
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LOL Don't drink.. very bad for you!
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Originally Posted by howsteepisit View Post
Free spirit was a Sears branded lowest of the low end bikes. Usually made by Huffy, AMF or Murray. Barely worth the effort to carry it to the trash can
On the other hand... there are lots of Free Spirit 10-speed bikes here in Ontario that are still in service after 20 or 30 years of lack-lustre service and are considered to be un-stealable, even by the lowest bike thieves. A Bianchi or Cervelo may last a month, but a Free Spirit goes on forever !!

Selling for about $125 to $150 here in Toronto.... where a pass to ride the transit system costs $140 per month, per month, per month, per month ....

Department stores like Eatons, Sears and The Bay did not have bike factories of their own -- so bikes in Canada were made for them by anyone who could handle the volume, like Tano in Japan, or Raleigh in England, and some of them were decent. In my part of the world, any bike that has the potential to save a student a thousand dollars per year in subway and bus tickets is definitely worth keeping on the road.



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Old 04-27-15, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by howsteepisit View Post
Free spirit was a Sears branded lowest of the low end bikes. Usually made by Huffy, AMF or Murray. Barely worth the effort to carry it to the trash can
That is wrong, some were made by Murray but most of the 10 speeds were made by Puch in Austria with many French made parts and they ride good.
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That's true. Some Sears bikes were actually pretty decent. Too bad that's not one of them.
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FMV = $30, with hobo bars
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Old 04-27-15, 11:36 AM
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I don't recall the free spirit labeled bikes to be anything other than the low end US bikes. The Puch made ones were not in the free spirit line. Or maybe I recall wrongly.
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Originally Posted by howsteepisit View Post
I don't recall the free spirit labeled bikes to be anything other than the low end US bikes. The Puch made ones were not in the free spirit line. Or maybe I recall wrongly.
There were one or two "flagship" models, as I recall one had 531 tubes (maybe plain gauge, can't remember now) but they cost significantly more than the average Free Spirit.

These came with Shimano Crane derailleurs - yes, the ones that became Dura-Ace. There was a another less costly version that came with a Shimano rear disk brake.

Here is a 531 version: Big Al?s Sears Ted Williams Free Spirit | Old Ten Speed Gallery Check out the fork decals!
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Originally Posted by howsteepisit View Post
I don't recall the free spirit labeled bikes to be anything other than the low end US bikes. The Puch made ones were not in the free spirit line. Or maybe I recall wrongly.
I just posted a picture of one lol that didnt jog your memory? I have 2 of them sitting in my garage and sold one last week
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Originally Posted by ramzilla View Post
That's true. Some Sears bikes were actually pretty decent. Too bad that's not one of them.
The bike has a Pletscher rear rack designed for that bike, has Simplex derailuers has Belguim made rims. I will sell it for 60 bucks, it is an absolute steal at that price, bike will last another 40 years.
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Hey for all of you all dissing this bike lol I just sold it for 125.00 I paid 30.00 not bad at all! The guy was really excited to have this bike in his collection
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Hey for all of you all dissing this bike lol I just sold it for 125.00 I paid 30.00 not bad at all! The guy was really excited to have this bike in his collection
I thought you paid $10?

Anyway, congrats on selling it, glad you made a profit, but it's still a junk bike!
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Nice flip. I would guess a 1978 and worth about $78.

I prefer the ones with this sticker style. Sunbird, Britany, Greenbriar, FS3, etc.



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A Bianchi or Cervelo may last a month, but a Free Spirit goes on forever !!
So you're saying it's a cockroach of a bike ?

I'll buy that. What you said, not the alleged bike . . .
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thanks! I thought it would never sell.. Sure enough someone wanted it lol
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