• James Graham

    I just wanted to say it’s great to see my bike up on OTSG. I love this site and am on every day looking for new postings. Sorry for leaving the “DELUXE gel seat cover” on the bike for the pictures, but I ride this bike everyday and like a little cushion.

    • http://oldtenspeedgallery.com The Ten-Speed Dreamer

      James, I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say we’re glad to have you and your bike. Also, no need to apologize for the DGSC, we want to see the bikes in their ridden state—no trailer queens here.

  • Dennis

    Nice bike James! Do you have an idea of the year on this bike? I am working on one that shares some of the features of your bike.

    • James L Graham

      Thanks Dennis,
      The best I can do for you is an educated guess. The best answer I have for you is 1976. I have been doing research on dating bikes for the last week and found out that it’s tough. I’m basing my guess on the fact I know which model of Free Spirit that was made in 1975 and mine is defiantly made later. I’ll let you know if I come up with anything else.
      p.s. Can’t wait to see your bike.

  • Dennis

    Thanks for information James.
    I am hitting the same wall on
    dating this bike. Mine has a
    Shimano Eagle rear derailleur-
    Thunderbird GTO front derailleur. I am trying to date the bike from these items.

  • Dennis

    Thanks for the favorite links
    a few days back! The Ray Dobbins bike gallery was great.

  • http://www.disraeligears.co.uk Mike Sweatman


    What is the rear derailleur on James’ beautiful Free Spirit? It looks very interesting – perhaps some kind of Excel model?

  • Craig

    I have a 8/76 metallic blue freespirit roadbike with 27″ tires. It looks exactly like the one pictured but mine is a teal color. Mine has a plastic cover over the rear derailer that says “syncromesh” and front derailer has a big square box behind it that says excel dynamic. The brakes are dia compe. Any idea what model or is it a better one? Thanks. Craig.

    • wil

      i have the same bike and i am looking for a rear derailer do you have any idea where I can find one. I went to the local bike shop and the cheapest one they could find was $100.

  • A-Mick

    Nice bike!

    I recently was digging through my dad’s basement for a bike I could take to college and found his old Free Spirit ‘Sovereign’ ES 12 Speed. Its blue and he barely rode it so it was in great condition, but it is a later model I think and it lacks the many pieces of “flair” that your bike possesses.

  • Tsorice

    I have a 1972 Free Spirit that has never been ridden. The bike is pristine in every way. The original tires are still pliable. How do I determine the value in order to sell it for a fair price??? Thanks.

  • BeaterRezQ

    I purchased these two Free Spirits at different times. The Brittany (burgundy flavored) I really whacked-out totally..and the FS12 (blueberry flavored) is pretty much original minus the touring bars that I added and a few little cosmetic tweaks here and there. Altogether for the two I paid $50 or less.
    Hope that helps,

  • Ricardogomez910

    how much does this bike cost