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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 12-14-04, 08:51 PM   #1
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3 speed fixed

hey guys, there is a kid down the street from me who has a some what road bike, more like a commuter, but it has one of those internal 3 speed hubs(maybe just 2?) anyways, the paints pretty crappy, and its kinda rusty, but he said i could have it for free, the thing is if i dont take it hes gunna give it to the local co-op, so what should i do? i wouldn't feel bad about not taking it since i know hes not going to throw it away. I'm also not sure its fixed gear, but i am pretty sure that it is, he said it is, but doesn't know what hes talking about half the time.
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Old 12-14-04, 09:04 PM   #2
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take it....if you dont like it, bring it to the co-op yourself
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Old 12-14-04, 09:21 PM   #3
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Take it and throw some money the co-ops way as you turn it into something you do want.
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Old 12-14-04, 09:50 PM   #4
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take at and ride past the co-op laughing and shaking your fist.
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3-speeds are usually NOT fixed - you have to convert them yourself, which gives you a 2-speed fixie. (There are instructions on Sheldon Brown) But hey, like the man says, if you don't like it, give it to the co-op yourself.
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alrite guys, guess ill take it when hes back in town, i never thought about it but i could just take it to the co-op myself
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Take it and take a picture of it so we can see it too
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Take it and keep the internal geared hub. Who knows when you'll want to turn your old fixed gear into a 3 speed. Hubs don't take up too much space in a tool box.
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Take it and keep the internal geared hub. Who knows when you'll want to turn your old fixed gear into a 3 speed. Hubs don't take up too much space in a tool box.
take the bike. then send the hub to me!
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The last time I saw a Sturmey Archer fixed gear 3 speed ASC hub on ebay it went for $500. Changes are that bike doesn't have it, but it could be a nice bike, I know most cyclists don't think british bikes are worth their weight in dirt, but before the "roadbike" there were clubbikes that came with either flip flop huns or SA hubs, some of those are quite nice and could be worth some money, if it is something like a Raleigh Lenton or Clubman or Rudge Pathfinder, or BSA.

I bought a nice 1952 Raleigh Clubman for little money a few months ago, the guy thought it was just a 3 speed dressed up like a roadbike, when it was in fact the 1940s equivalent of a $5000 carbon fiber racing bike, 531, Alloy GB parts, AW hub.
That's how I got my pre-war Hercules clubbike, bought it from some road bike snob who thought it was junk, apparently the flip flop hub and wings nuts didn't make it obvious to him that it was a very old bike and not a sears 3 speed.
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<I know most cyclists don't think british bikes are worth their weight in dirt>

Really? How do you know that?

You are, however, correct in stating that some old Brit bikes are classic bargains- and the few genuine british-made bikes still available are as good as anything on the market.

If you want a modern 'Clubman' frame, just contact Mercian, Jackson, Argos, Roberts, Woodrup, Steel, etc., etc.,......(true bespoke cycle builders, unlike some of the fashion names, with great marketing.)

they'll do 'em off the peg, or custom.
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Old 12-17-04, 10:42 PM   #12
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Flaneur. Do not take offense. I am sure that Rudgey meant as I interpreted it 'that most Americans think old British bikes etc'
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