Free Spirit Sheffield Women's 3-Speed Bike - Blue
The first thing that jumps out (if anything on a low-end bike like this really "jumps out") about this Free Spirit Sheffield women's 3-speed bike is the way that it looks. The blue paint, gold-and-burgundy graphics and subtle pinstriping on the fenders and chainguard tie it together well. And the overall feel is similar to that of a classic English 3-speed, like a Raleigh. Even the name "Sheffield" is a tip of the bowler hat to jolly ol' England.
But the Sheffield is not nearly as solid or well-built as its English counterparts. With a mild-steel frame, stamped-steel stem, brakes and sprocket, and one-piece crank with American bottom bracket, this Free Spirit is about the same as a Huffy. The only brand-name parts are the Shimano 3-speed shifter and 3S hub, and the Hunt Wilde black plastic grips.
So, a rock-solid reliable UK working-class transportation cycle, this isn't. But for stylish suburban cruising or retro city cycling, it'll do the job.
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