Free Spirit Men's 3-Speed Bike - Red
Unlike its freewheeling blue Free Spirit Sheffield counterpart, this red Free Spirit men's 3-speed bike rejects handbrakes in favor of a Shimano 3CC 3-speed coaster-brake rear hub, for a combination of simplicity and versatile gearing.
The Free Spirit 3-speed is a low-end bike that was sold by Sears, Roebuck & Co. in the 1980s. This may be a Sheffield model, though there are no identifiying graphics. The dark red paint, tan grips and seat, and 26-inch gumwall tires provide plenty of style, and the regal decals and pinstriping add a nice touch.
Interesting details include a steel rear luggage rack, Sears grips, and Korean Dae Yung tires. Korea made lots of cheap bikes in the 1980s, and though I think this Free Spirit was made in America, the tires came from Asia.
Despite its heritage as a fairly inexpensive department-store bike, this Free Spirit 3-speed is quite comfortable and rides very well.
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