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2 Free Spirit bikes - value?

Old 03-27-18, 06:00 PM
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2 Free Spirit bikes - value?

I know the seller is asking too much, but was wondering what everyone thinks they are actually worth.

https://buffalo.craigslist.org/bik/d...544718818.html







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Old 03-27-18, 06:13 PM
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Since they would take up room in one's workshop or storage space they have a negative value.


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Old 03-27-18, 06:15 PM
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Since they would take up room in one's workshop or storage space they have a negative value.


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$20 each max
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If someone had some irrational emotional attachment to that model, maybe they would give you money for them.

I have a soft spot for lugged Free Spirit frames and forks, but for a rider, I pretty much get rid of all components. I did keep the headset on mine, bit that's it.

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Old 03-27-18, 06:44 PM
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I wonder what scrap value is. Maybe a buck. Maybe a couple cents more if you separated steel and alu.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
If someone had some irrational emotional attachment to that model, maybe they would give you money for them.

I have a soft spot for lugged Free Spirit frames and forks, but for a rider, I pretty much get rid of all components. I did keep the headset on mine, bit that's it.

That is a very nice bike! Thanks for sharing. What is the wheel set?
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That is a very nice bike! Thanks for sharing. What is the wheel set?
Unknown generic fixed gear wheelset. Probably Formula hubs And weinman rims, or something like that.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
Unknown generic fixed gear wheelset. Probably Formula hubs And weinman rims, or something like that.
700c?
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700c?
Yep. Bike came with 590mm rims/tires. 700c fit fine, but rear brake mounting impossible, which is fine for fixed use.
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I know the seller is asking too much, but was wondering what everyone thinks they are actually worth.
If they were offered to me free, I'd probably turn them down.

If someone dumped these bikes in my driveway, I'd strip off some small parts that I might be able to use eventually on another bike, but I'd wind up discarding them for the most part.
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I am not a collector or a flipper. I try to find things I will ride.

If I saw those at a thrift store/yard sale/flea market, whatever the price was I would pass. I would not even bother looking at or asking a price on them since they are nothing I have any interest in....at all. I could not justify putting much, if any, time or parts into them to get them 'roadworthy'. I don't think I'd even want to donate something like that to a co-op.

On the other hand, not everyone is looking for high-end exotics or obscure builder/low production frames. They might be good for someone to put on the back of their rv for campground bashing or in town or bike path use. Even so, if I were in that mindset, more than $20 each / $30 for the pair would be too much.

If they were mine to get rid of, I would try a craigslist ad for a week, maybe $50 OBO for the pair to see if there was ANY interest at all, and after that I'd probably take them somewhere where I know they'd be taken, or put them on the curb and put a "FREE" sign on them. They are time and space wasters.
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Leave them out on the street w/sign saying "free" and, maybe somebody will take them.
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More from the CL ad for posterity.

(2) free spirit 10 speed road bikes $120 each or $200 both - $120 (downtown buffalo)

"For sale are (2) free spirit 10 speed road bikes in great condition

I believe they were made by Sears in the 1970's. I haven't rode on them, just found them in storage.

All original parts - after a good cleaning will look brand new

Come and see them

$120 each or $200 for both
Cash and Carry
Make an offer

Email relay is best. I will ask for your phone number there.

Tags: red white blue vintage antique bicycle"



The seller has fallen into the "old equals valuable" trap. I like that they also suggest they'd look a lot better cleaned up, but they're presented grimy. They must know that it's not worth the effort of twenty minutes with a rag and a bucket of soapy water. They just put them on CL as is, in the hope that some sap buys them.
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If you keep an eye on them and they eventually end on going for free grab them and take them to a community bike place where you can donate them for charity.

They may be old department store frames but they are solid and for someone who need some form of transport they will be better than a junky X-mart mountain bike I see ending up there.

Otherwise, don't bother.
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