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Old 05-31-13, 07:19 PM
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Sears 3-speed

Is this worth $65?

It's a Brittany Free Spirit...year unknown.
The frame is in good shape; and the rack, fenders and saddle are nice, also.

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Old 05-31-13, 07:33 PM
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A campus coed would pay $65 for it, but no margin for a flip. They're all over Detroit, and all over the price map as well.
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No. Sears bikes were junk, it's not even worth the gas to take the bike to a recycler and getting the cash from it!

There were certain 3 speed bikes that were sort of decent, the Schwinn Speedster and Racer, the Raleigh Superbe, Hecules, and a few others. But I'm not into the 3 speeds that much to list more great models of those, but the Sears was a piece of junk as were other retail store branded bikes back then...kind of like it is today.
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Originally Posted by 67tony View Post
Is this worth $65?

It's a Brittany Free Spirit...year unknown.
The frame is in good shape; and the rack, fenders and saddle are nice, also.

Department Store Bikes (DS bikes) are all over the map, but this is not a particularly good one.
Back in the 1970s & 1980s Canadian Tire, B.F. Goodrich, Eaton's, Simpsons, Sears, & other big department store chains did not have bike factories, so they farmed out production to whoever could supply the bikes. It is not unusual in Southern Ontario to see department store bikes made entirely in Japan - or imported directly from England with Stronglight cranks and TI-Raleigh frames made by Carlton in Worksop. Some of the DS bikes are actually quite nice with better fit and finish than the domestic Peugeots & Raleighs of the same era.
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Old 05-31-13, 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by rekmeyata View Post
No. Sears bikes were junk, it's not even worth the gas to take the bike to a recycler and getting the cash from it!
Not always puch made some sears bikes in the 60's through early 70's I had a puch made sears 3 speed I Still regret selling
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Old 05-31-13, 09:46 PM
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Originally Posted by plumberroy View Post
Not always puch made some sears bikes in the 60's through early 70's I had a puch made sears 3 speed I Still regret selling
Roy
I'm going by my boy hood to young adult experience, whether or not the Puch rebranded Sears was any good I couldn't tell you, what I can tell you everyone I knew that had a Sears or Montgomery Wards etc bike were all junk, now if of all those that were junk were not Puch great, but I never ran into anyone who had a good running Sears bike...maybe I just never ran into anyone with a Puch Sears bike.
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Old 05-31-13, 09:52 PM
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Ashtabula / one piece crank would suggest that this isn't a Puch-Strehyer made cycle. I don't think it's worth the $65. Nothing particularly rare or quality.
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+1 Puch Strehyer Sears 3 speed would be worth it. This one, no.
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Thanks for the replies.
This is what I was thinking, but it really helps to be reinforced by those in the know.

Thanks again!
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