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Old 09-30-14, 07:57 PM
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Old Free Spirit Bike

I have my grandfather's Free Spirit bike lying around here. I know its nothing special but I was think about replacing the tires, getting a new handlebar and cleaning it up. Anyone think its worth it? It still runs decent, I don't know if its time to throw it out though.
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Old 09-30-14, 07:59 PM
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Sure, why not? New tires, cables, housing, would set you back about $35.00
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Old 09-30-14, 08:49 PM
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Looks to be in good condition. Replace what you need to replace, and enjoy the ride.
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I kept one of those at work for errands or noontime rides with a couple of the guys. It actually got stolen.
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Old 09-30-14, 09:10 PM
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Originally Posted by John E View Post
I kept one of those at work for errands or noontime rides with a couple of the guys. It actually got stolen.
Lol the fact that it got stolen must mean something
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Old 09-30-14, 09:12 PM
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
Looks to be in good condition. Replace what you need to replace, and enjoy the ride.
The picture it just what the bike looks like its not mine. Mine is a little bit more worn. The Tires need replacing, and the bikes need replacing. And a good cleanup would make it great :S
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Old 09-30-14, 09:21 PM
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I've got about $160 into my Free Spirit and I love it. Started out as frame/fork/headset, just added pieces here and there 'til complete.




I'll probably add to my collection when I get more room. I'd like to get an FS-3 and one of the brown ATBs they had back in that era.
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Old 09-30-14, 09:31 PM
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It's your GRANDFATHER'S bike - of course it is worth fixing. My vote is for doing what needs doing to make it safe and enjoyable, and keep it for slow rides when your mood needs modification (and milk runs) and pass it on to your kids or your siblings kids when they are old enough to appreciate the connection to the past. Let the patina accrue!

FWIW ...
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Old 09-30-14, 10:41 PM
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I'd like to see a photo of the actual bike before giving voice to any opinions about it.
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Originally Posted by rhm View Post
I'd like to see a photo of the actual bike before giving voice to any opinions about it.
Same. That looks to be one of the Huffy made ones. Interestingly, Sears used to offer that same bike (Free Spirit Greenbriar) but in a lugged frame made by Giant that was much nicer with better components. If OP's bike is one of those, it's definitely worth saving.
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Old 10-01-14, 06:11 AM
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Nice old Sears!

Someone is giving me a Free Spirit Brittany 10 speed with lugged frame and 3 piece crank, fenders and rear rack. Not sure what I will be doing with it other than a good wash and wax. It's in superb condition.
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There were also Austrian-built Free Spirit bikes made from Reynolds 531 butted tubing. Let's see some pictures of the OPs bike.
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Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
Nice old Sears!

Someone is giving me a Free Spirit Brittany 10 speed with lugged frame and 3 piece crank, fenders and rear rack. Not sure what I will be doing with it other than a good wash and wax. It's in superb condition.
I have the frame from one of these. Heavy, but much better built than a lot of bikes coming out of France and Italy with nicely mitred tubes in the bottom bracket and clean, thin headlugs (that a lot of people seem to think are a one-piece cast lug- taking off the fork and bottom headset race showed that wasn't true.)
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Just bought one, great old bike and in great shape, second day rode it for 45 miles and a total of about 90 miles since last Wednesday,nothing has fallen off!
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Originally Posted by YouthxCrew View Post
Same. That looks to be one of the Huffy made ones. Interestingly, Sears used to offer that same bike (Free Spirit Greenbriar) but in a lugged frame made by Giant that was much nicer with better components. If OP's bike is one of those, it's definitely worth saving.
Its been some time, but I have the lugged model.
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Keep the upright handle bars. Easy cruising is cool !
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Originally Posted by jakecycles View Post
I have my grandfather's Free Spirit bike lying around here. I know its nothing special but I was think about replacing the tires, getting a new handlebar and cleaning it up. Anyone think its worth it? It still runs decent, I don't know if its time to throw it out though.
Rear derailleur looks like a solid-wire Shimano Positron. If it shifts at all, just leave it alone. New cable for it might be NLA.
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That's a great looking Free Spirit! It HAS to be restored in honor of your Grandfather! Whatever you do, don't get rid of it!

Looking closely at it, it kind of reminds me of my dad's (hardly ridden at all) late 70's Free Spirit. Back then, he and my mom bought his 'n hers Free Spirit bikes right from Sears. They rode them once or twice - if that - and that was it. Both bikes sat in the back of the garage for years. I had already moved on as the youngest/baby of the family and had joined the US Coast Guard in the late 70's right out of high school. Whatever happened to the old Free Spirits, is anybody's guess.
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Originally Posted by jakecycles View Post
I have my grandfather's Free Spirit bike lying around here. I know its nothing special but I was think about replacing the tires, getting a new handlebar and cleaning it up. Anyone think its worth it? It still runs decent, I don't know if its time to throw it out though.
Definitely worth it. That's a great looking bike.

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Sure, why not? New tires, cables, housing, would set you back about $35.00
Where are you buying new tires, cables and housing for $35? I need that deal.
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I am replacing the Handle bars, stem and getting a stem adapter for 35.

I need new tires too
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Love the look of that bike. I have a real soft spot for that racing green color too. If I came across it I'd put the money into getting it back in shape, even without the sentimental value. Do the work, then post pics please!
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My local thrift store has a green one with a bent fork for $299.00 I can't understand why no one has popped.lol
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Originally Posted by 88prelude View Post
Definitely worth it. That's a great looking bike.
Where are you buying new tires, cables and housing for $35? I need that deal.
Bell Cable kit is about $8.50 at Walmart, Sports Authority or a hardware store.

https://www.doitbest.com/products/bi...rake-cable-set

A pair of Kenda tires via niagaracycle.com for as litttle as $7.70 each, HP90, or K35 for $9.90 each.

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Originally Posted by jakecycles View Post
Its been some time, but I have the lugged model.
......and we're still waiting on pictures. If yours is the lugged version it would be a better bike than the picture you originally posted. I personally have never seen one of the lugged ones in the flesh but I know they're out there.
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When I received it from my Aunt's tool shed, it had scratches on it for obvious reasons . It is indeed the lugged version and still looks decent even with the few missing parts from the original.

BTW I already removed the handle bars and the mud guards/tray. I can always put them back on, just wanted to have more room to work on it.

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