Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Portland, OR
Bikes: Breezer Uptown 8, U frame
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Welcome, Shereen! A Raleigh 3 speed, eh? Those are some really special vintage bikes - wish I had one. I can see how you might like a stronger commuter, though. There is a way to make your 3 speed more hill-friendly than it currently is, however. All you have to do is take it to a bike shop and have them put a different cog on the back. The more teeth on a rear 3 speed cog, the easier it becomes to pedal and deal with hills. My housemate has a vintage Raleigh and that's what she did. She does have a faster bike now, but she still enjoys taking the Raleigh out.
It's nice to have a back-up bike when you're car-free anyway. It's not such a pain to leave a bike in the shop overnight for repairs.
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