Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: New York City
Bikes: Bianchi Pista, Road Bike
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Originally Posted by lonelybikeboy
I need some opinions on the best option to pick for my bike and would appreciate any advice.
I plan to ride a pashley clubman road bike in the city of Toronto for commuting. I have the option to get the bike either with a 3 speed fixed gear or 2 speed hub SA S2C with coaster brake (both made by sturmey archer).
Safety is a priority for me and I have never ridden a fixie but have always been curious. The fear of fixies is that since I love coasting too much I would attempt to stop pedaling and thus fall off the bike.
The 2 speed hub sounds great but I am wondering if its going to make shifting while going uphill an impossible task.
You said 3 speed fixed gear, first thing: unless you have a brake or both brakes forget about it entirely, as you will damage the hub within a month from trying to stop by back pedaling/skid stop.
I have rode two types of these internally geared hubs, one by shimano the other by sturmey. The shimano hub was crap skipping gears and messing up when i pedaled to hard, no one could take it apart for fear of damaging the hub or not knowing how. The sturmey was good money, as for the coaster break. I think its a good idea, it is fun as hell, saves money on break pads, relaxing to ride soon becoming second nature within a day or two.
My opinion get to 2 speed hub with the coaster as you will find the 3 spd fixed very tiring constantly trying to figure out which gear to use going up and down hills or changing the gears constantly in traffic, stopping on the third one and starting off again on the first one (i hate that stuff).