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#1 2008-11-24 12:13pm

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1980 Free Spirit FS500 24

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1980 Free Spirit FS500 24

This thing is sick ,Got from another member for a sweet price.I have not cleaned it yet ,But will this week . Not a whole lot of info out there on these Free Spirit's . All I know is that they were primarily sold at Sears ,and in my opinion these 20" & 24" style frames with these style rear dropouts are the only ones safe enough to ride and they look pretty cool ...



UPDATE :
Got around to playing around with this a year or two later ,Cleaned up real nice and added a few bells and whistles to it ...Sugino cranks and Suntour(BMX)pedals , Suntour seatclamp ,Frame pad is repop ,Bar pad is OG ,Everthing left on bike is OG "FS" Factory (Elina seat ,ACS BMX stem ,Dia-Compe levers & calipers ,WALD Hubs ,MO MFG. CO rims,???Bars/Grips???...Gonna paint the seatpost white soon...Later on.


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#2 2008-11-25 5:57am

ulrich
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Re: 1980 Free Spirit FS500 24

Branded for Sears by Murray. That's basically an early Murray X24

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#3 2009-05-12 7:16am

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Re: 1980 Free Spirit FS500 24

Old roomy has X24 murray exactly the same ...I love this thing...

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#4 2009-08-29 8:03am

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Re: 1980 Free Spirit FS500 24

I had one of these in 1981 and loved it.
Does anyone have one for sale?
Thanks

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#5 2010-01-18 6:06pm

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Re: 1980 Free Spirit FS500 24

fs500 wrote:

I had one of these in 1981 and loved it.
Does anyone have one for sale?
Thanks

Wow ,Just signed up so you could prop my bike,lol...Thanks

I LOVE THIS BIKE ASWELL...

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#6 2010-02-05 4:29pm

Cypher1
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Re: 1980 Free Spirit FS500 24

Damn, this looks like my huffy pro thunder. tongue

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#7 2010-02-05 5:02pm

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Stu ,What else is there to say?tongue

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#8 2010-02-09 6:41am

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Re: 1980 Free Spirit FS500 24

=PROFILE---RYDER=  PM sent cool

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#9 2010-09-01 2:51pm

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Re: 1980 Free Spirit FS500 24

I had 20" exactly like this one.  It was a little heavy but given the torture I put it through it was a great bike. I went on to, bend the forks back doing endos, sheared a pedal off on a table top in Burlington, IA, snaped the head tube off on a landing from a loading dock at Evans Jr. High in Ottumwa, IA, taco'ed the back wheel on that same table top in Burlington, IA., and cracked the double goose neck.  Eventually it had generic 3 piece cranks (which I also broke), tuf IIs, oversized GT bars, and a primer brown paint job.  It was very broken and ugly befor I gave it away.  Brings back some of the best memories I have of BMX in a small town.smile


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#10 2010-09-01 7:54pm

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Re: 1980 Free Spirit FS500 24

bt_cruiser wrote:

I had 20" exactly like this one.  It was a little heavy but given the torture I put it through it was a great bike. I went on to, bend the forks back doing endos, sheared a pedal off on a table top in Burlington, IA, snaped the head tube off on a landing from a loading dock at Evans Jr. High in Ottumwa, IA, taco'ed the back wheel on that same table top in Burlington, IA., and cracked the double goose neck.  Eventually it had generic 3 piece cranks (which I also broke), tuf IIs, oversized GT bars, and a primer brown paint job.  It was very broken and ugly befor I gave it away.  Brings back some of the best memories I have of BMX in a small town.smile

Lmfao ,For real...I don't think I'm ever gonna hear a better Free Spirit story than that one...Right on,lol.

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#11 2010-09-22 10:18am

BRIAN HAYS
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Re: 1980 Free Spirit FS500 24

bt_cruiser wrote:

I had 20" exactly like this one.  It was a little heavy but given the torture I put it through it was a great bike. I went on to, bend the forks back doing endos, sheared a pedal off on a table top in Burlington, IA, snaped the head tube off on a landing from a loading dock at Evans Jr. High in Ottumwa, IA, taco'ed the back wheel on that same table top in Burlington, IA., and cracked the double goose neck.  Eventually it had generic 3 piece cranks (which I also broke), tuf IIs, oversized GT bars, and a primer brown paint job.  It was very broken and ugly befor I gave it away.  Brings back some of the best memories I have of BMX in a small town.smile

Me too. Had this exact bike in a 20"

Do you still have this 24"?


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#12 2010-09-24 7:23pm

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Re: 1980 Free Spirit FS500 24

Yep ,She's still around and gets rode often... wink

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#13 2010-10-07 3:16am

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Re: 1980 Free Spirit FS500 24

Great forum here 1st post! Thanks for all the great info!

I won like 5 or 6 BMX races in Orange Park/Jacksonville Florida back in '82 or '83 IIRC as a 7 or 8 year old. Just how heavy was this bad boy compared to the high end Diamond Back and Mongoose bmx at the time I was racing against? I still can't believe I won all those races with a Sears/Murray bike! smile

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#14 2012-05-01 6:31pm

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Re: 1980 Free Spirit FS500 24

tight ride

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