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Old 07-26-05, 05:19 PM   #1
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Greetings All,

I am hardly a knowledgeable guy when it comes to bicycles, so please forgive my ignorance in advance. I am planning on buying a new Schwinn Heavy Duti and was thinking of making it a 3 speed. I don't care about saving weight, so how much should a durable 3 speed conversion cost? What brands do you suggest?

Thanks in advance for any info you might provide!
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Old 07-26-05, 05:39 PM   #2
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Greetings All,

I am hardly a knowledgeable guy when it comes to bicycles, so please forgive my ignorance in advance. I am planning on buying a new Schwinn Heavy Duti and was thinking of making it a 3 speed. I don't care about saving weight, so how much should a durable 3 speed conversion cost? What brands do you suggest?

Thanks in advance for any info you might provide!
Rather than buy a Chinese made Schwinn and THEN making it a 3 speed look here and buy an American
made bike ........built your way. These bikes ARE bulletproof and loooooooooong lasting. These bikes
are so tough and well made it very possible that if you like a cushy cruiser a Worksman may be the
last bike you'll ever own or need. I know I want one ..........bad!!!!!!!

http://www.worksmancycles.com/

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Old 07-26-05, 06:24 PM   #3
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try to get hold of a second hand Sturmey Archer, these are very reliable, parts can be bought. An LBS won't charge you much for building a wheel with such a hub, you'll be done in less than $50.
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An LBS won't charge you much for building a wheel with such a hub, you'll be done in less than $50.
I don't think that I could build a wheel for myself for $50.00.
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I don't think that I could build a wheel for myself for $50.00.
My LBS, Bickel Cycles in Burlington, rebuilt my wheel with all new spokes on my rim and Sachs 7 speed hub, AND installed a new bottom bracket for $65 total, including parts, so I think a $50 charge is possible if you are lucky enough to have a great bicycle store nearby.
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Old 07-26-05, 08:28 PM   #6
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I don't think that I could build a wheel for myself for $50.00.
That would be for spokes and labour, assuming the original rim holes match up.
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Rather than buy a Chinese made Schwinn and THEN making it a 3 speed look here and buy an American
made bike ........built your way. These bikes ARE bulletproof and loooooooooong lasting. These bikes
are so tough and well made it very possible that if you like a cushy cruiser a Worksman may be the
last bike you'll ever own or need. I know I want one ..........bad!!!!!!!

http://www.worksmancycles.com/

Thanks for turning me on to Workman--I'm definitely going with them!
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In order for this to work, the bike has to have horizontal dropouts. If it's doesn't have brakes, you'll need to install them too! I would skip this project because it sounds costly and expensive. If you type in "Sturmey Archer" on Ebay, you'll see inexpensive (new/used) 3 speed bikes for sale.
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See also
http://www.breezerbikes.com/
They are probably a bit lighter and easier to ride.
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Why is that most here just don't understand the cadillac
comfort of a really heavy cruiser?? Ya don't hafta spend
your whole life racing everywhere on the lightest, newest
multispeed wonder bike.......do ya??

Gimme a good cushy slooooooow cruiser any day.
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Why is that most here just don't understand the cadillac
comfort of a really heavy cruiser?? Ya don't hafta spend
your whole life racing everywhere on the lightest, newest
multispeed wonder bike.......do ya??

Gimme a good cushy slooooooow cruiser any day.
You said it my brother.
Say Hello to my little friend; The Howlin' Wolf -Built for Comfort, Not for Speed!
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Drooooool!!! Sweeeeeet!!!
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I have a old 1968 Phillips 3 speed ladies bike. I liked it so much that I purchased a new Dahon Boardwalk single speed and converted it into a three speed at my local LBS for only $150, parts and labor, more. Never regretted it.
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