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Old 07-05-06, 08:58 AM   #1
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I want to buy a bike with 3-speeds in the rear hub

For a long time, I've been riding an aging, American-made bike with a 3-speed "British racer" shift in the rear hub. I only use the bike for excercise rides on the street with my wife Pat. But it's time for me to upgrade. My seat is VERY uncomfortable, and with the small seat post I'm unable to install a more comfortable seat. I recently saw a modern bike with a 7-speed shift in the rear hub. I was fascinated. I didn't know that there were bicycles still being made with the shift in the rear hub. Let me say right now that I hate derailleur! What I'd like to do is buy a new bike with 3-speeds (in the rear hub), and with a big, fat, comfortable seat. Any suggestions? I'm grateful for help that anyone can give.

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Old 07-05-06, 09:07 AM   #2
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What's your budget?

The Breezer Freedom has a 3spd internal hub and can be found for around $400.



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Old 07-05-06, 09:50 AM   #3
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Ditto on the Breezer Freedom
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Old 07-05-06, 10:07 AM   #4
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While others here will suggest many brands for your use allow me to
suggest a true American Classic.......Worksman. These bikes are
built to your order then delivered to your door. The Worksman
company has been in business in NYC for over 100 yrs building
quality heavy duty bicycles for work and fun.

You can order a cushy crusier with a 3 sp or 7sp hub and front
drum(!!) brakes that are failsafe. Since you sound like a mature
rider interested in afternoon rides or grocery getter duty one
of the Worksman Cruisers would be ideal. There is also the
fact that for what these cycles cost they are a screaming
bargain when compared to other hub equipped bikes.

So give'm a look and keep an American worker working.

http://worksmancycles.com/shopsite_s.../cruisers.html

The quality and robustness of Worksman is such that unless you take up bicycle
road touring you will never need another bike.

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Old 07-05-06, 10:20 AM   #5
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Trek Sole Ride. You can put your feet on the ground while sitting. Adjustable stem to set the handlebars just the way you like them, Shimano Nexus 3-speed rear hub. Nice, comfortable saddle. $400

The 7-speed model is $490.

Trek Rail 3 Cruiser. 3-speed rear hub; big, fat tires. Very comfortable, but slower than the Sole Ride. $400
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Old 07-05-06, 10:34 AM   #6
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What I'd like to do is buy a new bike with 3-speeds (in the rear hub), and with a big, fat, comfortable seat. Any suggestions? -pjblevin

You are entering a quickly developing nitch in the biking world, the internal hub gearing system. When I wanted a new one to update my old Phillips 3 speed as recently as 2003 by purchasing another bike (a folder), I had to redo a new drivetrain by adding a 3 speed hub to a rim that only had a single speed hub (and a cheap one at that) to have a proper one similar to my old bike with additon to have the ability to fold if needed. Now another new bike I purchase 6 month ago has everything (3 speeds and a folding frame) already installed-plus even better components.

To have a similar bike to your old one determine if it is a steel frame or a alumimun frame (use a magnet). Then select a good make and model with similar features and riding characteristics (frame make-up, manuverablity, tires, etc.) to your old bike. A big fat comfortable seat could be installed at your request if the bike does not comes with it. But remember to consider your riding positon when you do. If your position is fully upright, then a large cushy seat (saddle) is for you. If you lean foward, allow the saddle to be a bit more narrow as much as you lean foward. That is a good general way to see if the saddle fits the job at hand.
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