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Old 09-20-09, 05:24 PM   #1
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Looking for a 3spd hub bike

Hey guys, I'm searching for an internal 3spd hub bike. I want one for around town, but not too expensive. Just curious of which ones you guys know about.
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Old 09-20-09, 05:48 PM   #2
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Check out a Breezer Freedom; 3 spd hub.
Hoping to to find one my size, probably not the cheapest- but comfortable to ride and solid components.
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Old 09-20-09, 06:29 PM   #3
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I looked at the 3-speeds, then decided to go with a Shimano 8. Works well for me. Got the bike at REI during a sale.
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Many of the full line bike companies have 3-speed models. Could you put an upper boundary on "not too expensive"?

Good modern 3-speed commuters include the Bianchi Milano Parco, Breezer Citizen and Freedom, Brompton M3L, Cannondale Hooligan 3, Civia Hyland and Loring, Dahon Curve D3, Electra Townie Euro 3i and Amsterdam Sport Custom 3i, Fisher Simple City 3, Giant Suede GX, KHS Green, Nirve Wilshire, Raleigh Circa I3, Schwinn Excursion, Specialized Globe Carmel 2, Swobo Novak, Sun Cykel and Streamway, Trek Belleville and Pure Deluxe...

Good choices on the used bike market include older Raleigh and Schwinn models.

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Old 09-21-09, 09:08 AM   #5
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Lots of good suggestions tcs! I've been tempted by the Sun/Origin8 Cykel, it looks pretty nice and has very cool retro styling.

I recently found this old Phillips for $30 and refitted it to suit my needs:

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Check out garage sales.
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Internal hub suggests the new type as martiaone and tcs have listed. Others have suggested three sp. & other old types the likes of which will require searching for and repair. RALEIGH has a current model(s) with a modern, very good Nexus "trans". I've seen others here andd there with lesser gears too. I only test rode the RALEIGH for fun, at the owner of the LBS's insistance, it rode and shifted well. It is among the more modestly priced bikes, not cheap, around three eighty to four hundred as I recall.
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check out the 2010 kona world bike. 3spd bike with fenders and other good commuting bits for under 500 canadian.

http://www.konaworld.com/bike.cfm?content=worldbike
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Old 09-22-09, 12:46 PM   #12
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Try old Raleigh Sports. They are the classic 3 speed bicycle.
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Old 09-24-09, 02:42 PM   #13
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+1 on the worldbike. Check out the Africabike, too.

Electra makes a bundle of 3-speed cruisers.

www.electrabike.com
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Probably way more than you want to spend, but if I had my choice of 3-speeds, this would be it.

http://www.swobo.com/catalog/product...?cPath=201_207
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I have an Otis. Nice bike,but the 3sp isn't doing it for me anymore so it's getting sold. I bought it for polo and occational barhopping,but over the last year my work schedule has kept me away from polo,so it's been mostly an around town bike. Since I'm old and have alot of hills,the 3sp isn't cutting it,YMMV. Otherwise it's a sweet bike. Zero issues,even beating it up at polo. Zero maintenance for the hub,have only had to lube the chain and adjust the front brake a couple times. Only issue was I had to mix and match the fenders. I used a MTB fender for the front and a PB Freddy fender for the back.
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I want a Kona Worldbike. I am into three speeds as well. I have a 1955 Schwinn Deluxe Racer that I enjoy riding. I need to have it gone over or perhaps I will go over it myself if I dare. I need to learn bike maintenance.
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That Kona is a good call. Looks like a nice rig, and ready to go!
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The Schwinn Coffee has a mild steel frame--I'd stay away from it. I bet it's about 8 pounds heavier than the Kona, which has aChro-Moly frame.
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The Otis is the bike I've been eyeballing for a while now. I might just deal with a cheap buy older Miyata mountain bike with skinny street tires on it for now and save my money for the Otis. The Kona World Bike looks ok, but how is the Shimano Nexus 3spd hub? Doesn't it stick out the side quite a bit? Bikes direct has a Mobecane Cafe express that has it too. I'm just not sure if the sram setup is a better choice. Any opinions?
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Never played with a Shimano 3sp,just 7 and 8. The SRAM i3 makes more noise than my Nexus hubs,but nothing worse than the sound of riding knobbies on asphalt. The disconnect for the shift cable is way nicer; it uses the same connection as a V brake noodle.
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Anybody have experience with the Nexus 3 spd?
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The Schwinn Coffee has a mild steel frame--I'd stay away from it. I bet it's about 8 pounds heavier than the Kona, which has aChro-Moly frame.
It's a 3-speed cruiser, is weight that much of an issue?
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It's a 3-speed cruiser, is weight that much of an issue?
Only for weight wienies, and weaklings who need to carry the bike up a couple flights of stairs everyday.
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I've been looking into the Kona World bike. Seems like a good buy
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Only for weight wienies, and weaklings who need to carry the bike up a couple flights of stairs everyday.
For the past week and a half I've been commuting on my 25lbs Big Buzz instead of my 32lbs Safari. I've really noticed the difference. I'm not a weight weenie,nor do I have any trouble carrying my bikes,but it is nice not to be hauling the extra poundage up hills. If bimbling along on a 40lbs Euro 3sp is your idea of fun,then all power to you. I like a little performance in my commute.
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