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Which IGH bike?

Old 03-05-13, 09:33 PM
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Which IGH bike?

Working with a budget of say $650 what IGH bike would you choose and why? I'm looking for a general purpose bike for around the neighborhood and around town running light errands or going for a sandwich. Thanks for any and all input/comments/discussion.
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I like the Schwinn Coffee 3-speed.
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Old 03-05-13, 11:26 PM
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A used Raleigh or some other English, Dutch or German 3 speed.
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Retrofit a IGH wheel in an old bike you are comfortable riding.

I like My Brompton M3L..
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A used Raleigh or some other English, Dutch or German 3 speed.
Love the old Raleigh and other English 3-speeds.
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Old 03-06-13, 09:02 AM
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There's also the Brooklyn Cruiser Driggs 3.
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I was gonna laugh at the $500 price tag on this '72 Raleigh in your area until I saw the pictures. Snap that thing up, I say.

https://houston.craigslist.org/bik/3541394235.html

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Originally Posted by GrouchoWretch View Post
I was gonna laugh at the $500 price tag on this '72 Raleigh in your area until I saw the pictures. Snap that thing up, I say.

https://houston.craigslist.org/bik/3541394235.html
I had an identical but for color '72 Sports model. Eventually was left in a bike rack in Freiburg, Germany in 2002 by my daughter when she departed.
Only picture of it is of me and children in 1983.
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Very nice!

Just now went up to Bike World on Broadway in San Antonio and looked at a Driggs 3. Steel frame (hi-ten, can't have everything at this price) and two top tubes, comes with the wooden crate on the back, quite the workhorse.

26" wheels with 1.75" tires, should ride smooth.


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Originally Posted by GrouchoWretch View Post
Very nice!

Just now went up to Bike World on Broadway in San Antonio and looked at a Driggs 3. Steel frame (hi-ten, can't have everything at this price) and two top tubes, comes with the wooden crate on the back, quite the workhorse.

26" wheels with 1.75" tires, should ride smooth.

I would totally get one of those if it had a few extra speeds. There's a blog article/interview on the Brooklyn Cruiser site implying that a "Driggs 7" is in the works....
https://www.brooklyncruiser.com/blog/...founder-owner/
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It is definitely in the works, with a Nexus 7.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Retrofit a IGH wheel in an old bike you are comfortable riding.

I like My Brompton M3L..
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There are a lot of options out there. My go to bikes are all IGH and run the gamut from 70's vintage Raleigh Sports/Superbe/Twentys to a custom build up on a Dawes Galaxy frame using a 4 speed IGH. My newest one happens to be a Redline R530 with an 8 speed Alfine IGH. That bike was about $600 new in 2008, similar bikes are being built today by Trek, Giant, Linus, Electra and many others.

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Old 03-06-13, 09:51 PM
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I like both of those bikes. I think I'd lean toward the Raleigh though. It seems like an ok price although no super bargain either. I do like the look of the double top tube too though.
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In that condition, the Raleigh is worth it. Elegant bike. Lugged frames aren't something you generally see on new bikes for under $1500 these days, I think.

The Brooklyn is nice, too. Just remembered, it's a coaster brake, if that makes a difference to you.
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Originally Posted by GrouchoWretch View Post
Very nice!

Just now went up to Bike World on Broadway in San Antonio and looked at a Driggs 3. Steel frame (hi-ten, can't have everything at this price) and two top tubes, comes with the wooden crate on the back, quite the workhorse.

26" wheels with 1.75" tires, should ride smooth.

I have to hand it to the man who started selling the Brooklyn Cruiser. There's already a bicycle company in Brooklyn selling cruisers for close to 100 years. Worksman. Although I must admit, his bikes are probably lighter than a Worksman.
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I really like Worksman, but I never see them around.
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I like the Giant Via 1- https://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...1/11502/55837/.

If you want more than 3 speeds, you basically have to go the online route to stay within budget. At least that's what I observed when I was kicking around the idea of getting an IGH bike.
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I like the Giant Via 1- https://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...1/11502/55837/.

If you want more than 3 speeds, you basically have to go the online route to stay within budget. At least that's what I observed when I was kicking around the idea of getting an IGH bike.
That Via 1 is awesome.

The Schwinn IG5 has a couple more gears and is still well within budget. I think it's a neat bike, but it's an aluminum frame.
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8-speed $499: https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...sers_bikes.htm

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If you buy a 3sp consider changing the front chain ring to a 36 tooth to make the 3 speed really friendly to ride.
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If you buy a 3sp consider changing the front chain ring to a 36 tooth to make the 3 speed really friendly to ride.
It might be cheaper to use a larger cog in the back instead. SA cogs go for ~$5, chainrings are usually more than that.
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If you buy a 3sp consider changing the front chain ring to a 36 tooth to make the 3 speed really friendly to ride.
Get serious. He lives in HOUSTON TX for crypes sake. My 88 YO dad rides a 46/18 SS heavyweight.

I would use a 44 /18. 49.8--66.4--88.5 GIs. I shift to 92 GIs at about 18 mph.
If someday he drives it to someplace hilly, a 21T would still be plenty low geared.
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Yea, the highest point is probably bridges over the shipping channel.

theres 60M clearance under the the bridge, across the Columbia here, at high tide.

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Get serious. He lives in HOUSTON TX for crypes sake. My 88 YO dad rides a 46/18 SS heavyweight.

I would use a 44 /18. 49.8--66.4--88.5 GIs. I shift to 92 GIs at about 18 mph.
If someday he drives it to someplace hilly, a 21T would still be plenty low geared.
Now that we all know you're a rude smart ass what else ya got??
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