I switched from 10 speeds to 3 speed for commuting back in 1999, and in due course acquired a Huffy Baypointe. It has been very satisfactory IMHO, once I got it set up properly-Brooks B-66 saddle, SRAM 24T cog-I live at the top of a good-sized hill-Union generator set with the old style headlamp, Carradice tool bag. It has required a bit more maintenace than my other 3 speeds-I have had to replace both pedals, had the cups in the bottom bracket break on me, a few broken spokes and more recently the Shimano 3S-newer style with the smaller hub and no dustcap-quit in 2nd gear. 7,000 miles. I had built a spare rear wheel with the same model of hub so I was prepared there. At about 4,000 miles I laced the hubs into Sun AT18 rims and retired the old steel rims. I saw a message about riding a "clunker", IMHO it if rolls smoothly, pedals easily and gives good service, it's a good bike.