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.
Cannondale Bad Boy / Mercian track / BOB trailer / Moulton recumbent project
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.
Rudge Sports, Robin Hood 3 speed, Hercules touring, a fleet of big black lugged city bikes
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.
<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.)