Free Spirit Men's 3-Speed Bike - Red

Designed for on-road use, but works on grass

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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Blinded by a reflector

Shimano 3-speed gearing and Sears grips

Chrome handlebar and left grip

Old padded seats are much less goofy than new ones

But this one's discolored from years of being dirty

Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Stamped steel gooseneck

Front fender and fork blade graphics

Fork blades, fender struts, steel front hub

Top tube Free Spirit decal

3 merlons on the crown, 3 speeds on the bike

A sleek and stylish rear luggage rack

Korean Dae Yung tires

Amply large rubber block pedals

Chainguard and driveline

Royal crest decal

Stamped steel sprocket and squared steel crank

Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Shimano 3CC 3-speed coaster brake hub

Sears grips