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xxSYNTHETIKxx

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Hello everyone! Well, after riding a few 10 mile runs on my 30lb mountain bike (ha!) i got hooked on biking. Nevertheless, i have to start with a used bike due to tuition! Well, after reading and reading, I ended up with the conclusion that biking is not cheap. Let me cut to the chase:

I got a $25 10 spd off from some man. It's in great condition. I know it's a crummy brand, but hey, it's about 8lbs lighter than my mountain bike.

This is the brand:

Free Spirit Dynasty (I know, after doing some searching, i found out its a crummy bike). Although crummy brand, I think it will suit my needs for the time being.

It has shimano components: Positron (another not so good part).

Question, can I upgrade this? I'll be investing on a good bike once i graduate next year, but for now what can I do? I was born in 1980, and someone mentioned to be this was an early 80's bike. Anyone have an idea? It has "SEARS ROBUCK CO." on it. Can I upgrade wheels/tires? THanx for any info.
 

John M

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xxSYNTHETIKxx said:
Hello everyone! Well, after riding a few 10 mile runs on my 30lb mountain bike (ha!) i got hooked on biking. Nevertheless, i have to start with a used bike due to tuition! Well, after reading and reading, I ended up with the conclusion that biking is not cheap. Let me cut to the chase:

I got a $25 10 spd off from some man. It's in great condition. I know it's a crummy brand, but hey, it's about 8lbs lighter than my mountain bike.

This is the brand:

Free Spirit Dynasty (I know, after doing some searching, i found out its a crummy bike). Although crummy brand, I think it will suit my needs for the time being.

It has shimano components: Positron (another not so good part).

Question, can I upgrade this? I'll be investing on a good bike once i graduate next year, but for now what can I do? I was born in 1980, and someone mentioned to be this was an early 80's bike. Anyone have an idea? It has "SEARS ROBUCK CO." on it. Can I upgrade wheels/tires? THanx for any info.

Sounds like you have learned alot.

I wouldn't bother spending any money to upgrade. If it is in decent shape, spending a few bucks to get it tuned, lubed, and new tires/tubes (if needed), and a comfortable saddle is the limit of what I would spend on it. Best if you can save money by doing the maintenance yourself. If this bike is not sufficiently functional with a minimal investment, you are otherwise better off riding the mountain bike or saving the money for next years better bike purchase.
 

merlin morris

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My first bike was much like the one you describe. It was used department store road bike ****. Ride it into the ground and then buy something better.



However brakes are critical. Replace your pads if they are old. Also check your brake cables for frays.