Friday, May 2, 2008

One Speed, Three Speed, Ten Speed?

People often ask me how many speeds a true Gentleman's Bicycle should have. The answer is three. And the speeds should be inside the hub to compliment the bicycle's beauty. Derailers are garish.

A 1962 Raleigh Superbe. The Ultimate bicycle of its day. Three-speed internal hub.

Arguments can be made for more or less speeds depending on circumstances. If you live in a place with no hills, a single speed bicycle is fine. If you travel great distances, travel on trails, or frequently encounter hills, more speeds are acceptable.

For more on the great three-speeds of yore, visit Retro Raleighs.

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