Made in Japan but look like an English bike


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fxo550

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Nov 5, 2011
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133
Deltona, United States
#5
Yeap the stem is long

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Sven

I live for the CABE
Dec 24, 2017
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5,404
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Mechanicsville, MD, United States
#6
Yes it definitely has an English appearance.
Were the Sears /Free Spirit "Britney" models made in Japan?
 

dweenk

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 13, 2014
188
157
Maryland
#7
The joints appear to be lugged in your photo, and it does appear that the bike in the photo has a Sturmey shifter. Can you give us a date from the rear hub shell?
 

new2olbikes

Look Ma, No Hands!
Dec 7, 2018
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Juhryzee shaauw
#8
Yes it definitely has an English appearance.
Were the Sears /Free Spirit "Britney" models made in Japan?
I have a Sears Free Spirit Brittany 12, made in Taiwan R o C, you can barely see,(3rd pic), the faint gold print on the very small clear decal below the Free spirit decal.

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bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2013
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5,515
Bulverde, TX
#10
Taiwan is where Japan moved their bicycle industry offshore to make them cost-competitive against new US makers (Trek) in the mid-late-80s. Today, hand-made Taiwan steel frames are as good as any in the world.
 

OldSkipTooth

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Aug 6, 2015
2,971
3,543
Sebastopol, United States
#11
I had a 1964 Datsun many decades ago, and the prior owner showed me Japanese schematics of how to replace the tiny Japanese motor with a more powerful British built sports car motor. Suffice to say, there has been a Japanese and British connection with machines for some time.
 

Goldenrod

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 14, 2016
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Schaumburg
#12
I got a $10 Free Spirit for my grand daughter. I like to ride it and it stays out in the weather. Underrated because of the Sears connection?
 

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