RE: [Bicycle_Restoration] Re: Lugged Free Spirit FS in Moorpark, CA, $15!
Sears did have some 531 bikes in around 1965-66 sold under the Ted Williams brand. And those are wonders of trashiness. Steel everything except the gears which I think were low end Campagnolo. I’m not sure if they were using the free spirit name that early. They did have a lengthy overlap between the Ted Williams and free spirit brands in the 70’s. It’s possible that the 531 hung on till the 70’s as well, as I’ve heard of sears 531 bikes with shimano crane.
Look for cast dropouts rather than sheet metal. If they’re cast or forged then you’ve found one of the nice ones.
The Ted Williams bikes of any type are collectible, you should see what the card collecting guys pay for one in really nice condition. Just look at the headbadge for his signature.
Sadly they didn’t think of getting special tubing stickers that read 521 instead of 531 that would have been very cool.
Free Spirit was a Sears brand used until the 90s for alot of different types, quality, and factory of origin bicycles. Basicly Sears would bid out bikes several hundred thousand at a time.A bike could come from anywhere.
--- In Bicycle_Restoration@yahoogroups.com, "Forbes Black" <diarmaede@...> wrote:
>where I saw a Free Spirit bicycle with a clean-looking lugged frame (step-through). I don't know much about Free Spirits, but I know some of them were made in Austria, and I think some were made from Reynolds 531.
> Hi All,
> I was just at the local thrift store in Moorpark, CA (in Ventura County),
>tubing material. It was a ten speed with cottered cranks and steel wheels. The sidepull brakes were cheesy stamped steel as well. The derailleurs were rusty, and the store was closing, so I did not have a chance to see the brand. The bars were upright North Road-type. They were rusty steel as well. Pretty much everything was pretty rusty other than the frame.
> This one did not have any stickers indicating the country of origin or
>lugged? Did they get any lugged frames out of Japan in the 70s or 80s? Or were all the lugged frames out of Europe? Any information would be much appreciated.
> Do any of you know anything about Free Spirit bikes? How many of them were
>the bike, let me know and I will get the name of the thrift shop. The lady said they might even throw in the Murray Cruiser that was next to it if someone was ready to pony up the $15.
> And, if any of you are in SoCal and want more information on where to find