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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 06-12-05, 03:59 PM   #1
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Does Internal Hub Gears Count As Simple Cycling Too?

I converted my Single Speed bike to a S/A three speed internal hub because it is very hilly around my locale and I was having difficulty making those hills and my knees were in such pain. I would like to know if my bike still qualifies to be considered a nice simple bike like the Fixies and the still single speed are. I tried to keep a simple, non cluttered approuch to having an old fashioned handlerbar trigger shifter to change gears only (Nothing else!)
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Its not as simple as a fixie or single speed, but its close. It doesn't matter which 'category' you fit in, as long as you like your bike. I use internal hubs on some of my bikes, and its a million times simpler than the derailleur, so its closer to SS than to 'regular' geared bikes.

Do what you like! Some people here are into things like 2 speed fixed gears and coaster brakes and other 'not quite as simple as fixie, but close' things, so you won't be shunned.

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Old 06-12-05, 08:47 PM   #3
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Old 06-12-05, 08:53 PM   #4
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Dude whatever works. I commute on geared, fixed, whatever I want to that day. Its all good! Just ride what you want. I do personally think that 3spd and other geared hubs fall into the 'simple' catagory. I'd love to have a 7 speed touring bike, internally geared of course.
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I SSed my old German 3-spd for awhile and it still weighed 32lbs despite a Cannondale alu. fork, alu. Sun rims and Kalloy stem. I use it as a grocery getter with a Wald folding basket but it just wasn't fun to ride as a SS so it's now back to a 3spd, except it's now a Shimano unit instead of a S-A.

Much better for this paticular bike.
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Old 06-12-05, 10:31 PM   #6
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3-speed is the new/next fixed gear ... you heard it hear first.

i just got finished bringing a beautiful red hercules back to life. only thing is, i can't get it to shift if it is not on the stand ... this basically makes it a single speed. oh well.
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