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    Internal Geared Commuters

    I love the clean look of a singlespeed bike and would like to go a bit faster sometimes.

    1- Should I just get a bigger chainring and grind on the uphills or go with a more ideal bike?

    2- What's a good complete commuter bike with 3-speeds in the low to mid range pricing?

    3- Will I end up using only the highest gear anyway as a 3-speed may have large gaps between gears?

    Real experience advice preferred. Thanks.

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    How many hills are you faced with? Do you ride mostly on flats but occasionally need to get up a short hill, or are you going up and down all day?

    Experimenting with a bigger chainring is cheap. Experimenting with an internally geared hub is very expensive.

    I ride a SS around town with a relatively low gear because I live in a very hilly place. I just spin on the flats and coast the downs. I have an excellent spin now.
    My video techniques can be found in this thread.

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    I like your response and I alluded to that thought as I was finishing up my post. I may just try putting a higher gear for my flat commute. I'm running 42:16 on 700c wheels right now.

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    I rode a Nexus 7 speed setup for a while, but they aren't sealed well and it was not worth maintaining. I also have a Rohloff 14 but it is a boat anchor and I don't dig the shifting or reduction-gear feel that much. I just pick a SS gear that gets me up the steepest hill I hit regularly (the street I live on, in fact), and just try to be patient on the flats. I cannot integrate my self into the traffic flow effectively, however, because I would spin out long before I hit those speeds. Luckily I live in a place with very quiet side streets and short distances.
    My video techniques can be found in this thread.

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    If you roll light and fast 1spd is better. I find gears are only necessary for snow riding, hauling heavy loads (especially since you can't stand always stand and mash), or if you have a bike that you want to do mixed riding on. Fastish road and decent off road performance.

    On my road fixed gear I have 48:17 and I have not found a hill I couldn't climb. Most faster than if I was on a geared bike. 42:16 is a good place to start if you have hills. I live in a valley so a hill climb every where I go is a way of life.

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