Not everyone is lucky enough to live in an area that has mostly flat terrain. If your commute to work involves more ups and downs than lefts and rights, then a 3-speed bike might be worth considering instead of a single speed bike.
3-speed bikes are the minimalist version of multi-geared bikes. Like a single speed bicycle, they are reliable bikes that have a simple aesthetic and low-maintenance design. An internal hub houses the mechanics, which means its unexposed parts are protected from the elements. Because of this, 3-speed bikes generally last longer without the need for additional repair, unlike bikes with more gears.
It goes without saying, but in order to move a bike forward, you have to pedal! A single speed bike runs solely through pedal power, meaning a rider’s speed is controlled by how hard and fast they pedal. A multi-speed bike, on the other hand, is designed to shift gears to help you ride more efficiently. While this doesn’t affect the actual speed of the bicycle, having multiple gears can help ease your pedaling if you’re going up a steep hill and can also add tension to your pedaling if you’re on a smooth, flat road.
Many people are drawn to single speed bikes because of their simplicity, but a single speed bike may not be the best option if your commute involves hills. A 3-speed bike offers enough versatility to help you navigate through uneven landscapes or rougher terrains without exerting too much energy.
If you’re looking at multi-geared bikes, you may be wondering, “Why don’t I just get a bike with all the speeds so I’ll always have the options?”
The choice of whether to get a 3-speed bike or an 8-speed bike really depends on your riding needs. With a 3-speed bike, you can worry less about maintenance while experiencing a more comfortable ride. It’s also easier to shift gears with a 3-speed bike; you’ll be able to shift gears whether you’re pedaling or stopped. With an 8-speed bike, you’ll have to get used to adjusting your gears as you pedal.
If you’re planning on challenging rides across harsh terrains, or if you are carrying heavy loads across town, then an 8-speed bike can definitely help your ride be more comfortable. However, 8-speed bikes, or any bike with a derailleur, have exposed parts that are more susceptible to getting dirty or clogged.
Detroit Bike’s Assembly A-Type and Assembly B-Type bikes come in 3-speed models. All of our Limited Edition bikes also come in the same design as our 3-speed internally geared Assembly A-Type bike. Still unsure whether or not a 3-speed bike is for you? The best way to find out is to take a test ride! Find a retailer near you to compare our single speed bike to the 3-speed bike.