(Closed) Bike riding bees: Need your advice

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

21 speeds are nice because you can adjust the resistance as your fitness level increases.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’d get the 21, but if you just want it for leisure, a 3 speed or even a cruiser (only 1 speed) would be fine!

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

If you’re going to be riding up decent hills, 21 speeds are nice.  3 really don’t go a long way when you get onto any kind of hill.  And yes, they’re for adjusting for road conditions.  But imagine if you want to keep up a good speed to get a decent workout, and the road is slightly downhill.  You can shift so that you’re in a  high gear where every pedal stroke still has resistance and takes you a long way, even though you’re going downhill.  Versus with a 3-speed, even your highest gear will have you pedaling quickly with little resistance and little actual distance per pedal.  I’m not sure I’m explaining that well, does that make sense?

Basically unless you’re in a hilly area, 3 speeds should be fine.   21 speeds are way more versatile though, so if the prices and conditions of the bike are similar, I’d go with that.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 1993

I’d start out with which ever one is cheapest and see where you want to go with it – will you just coast around the neighborhood, will you want to go on some rugged trails, will you want to go fast on pavement?  Make those decisions later.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat

The lower in gears you go, the more resistance/speed you get. I just got myself a used bike after being bikeless for years, for the same purpose as you’re looking for. Three speeds won’t give you a whole lot of flexibility.

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 1993

@StuporDuck:  I made the transition to a road bike and have a nice Fuji, but I have to tell you it’s COMPLETELY different than riding a cruiser/neighborhood bike or mountain bike.  It took me a while to get used to – and it’s an expensive hobby 🙂  Just be bop around for a while until you figure out where you want to go and if it’s going to be a hobby or not.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@StuporDuck:  Road bikes have a much different (and harder) riding position, where you’re bent way forward.  It’s harder to balance and not very good for just a leisurely cruise.  Picture Lance Armstrong cranking up a hill all crouched over.  You know what a cruiser looks like I’m sure, and I bet that’s the 3-speed you’re looking at.  Mountain bikes have a similar shape, just more gears (21), knobbier tires, and usually better brakes (hand brakes instead of pedal brakes).  I’d just get a cheap mountain bike – it’s the best all-purpose kind of bike.

 

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

21 gears sounds ridiculous, and it is, but it’s not as strange as it sounds. I have 21 gears: 3 different settings on the front cog and 7 different settings on the back. I rarely adjust my front cog so in effect I use a 7 speed. (I do use more speeds on a steep hill, but I avoid steep hills these days Smile )

My concern is that 3 speeds wouldn’t provide enough range. You want a low gear for going up hills (even gentle ones!) as well as starting up. and a higher gear for going downhill. I think 3 gears would be rather limiting and I would go with more gears unless it was a huge price difference.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I use a range of about 5 speeds on my bike and live in a hilly area. You can adjust. If you’re just cruising I think it’s fine. I think the quality of the bike parts themselves is more important.

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