Single speed vs. multi speed

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Smallblock, May 8, 2009.

  1. Smallblock

    Smallblock New Member

    Is there any preference between the two as to which is better for a starting point?
    I have a 80cc powerking jet on the way and nothing to put it on.

    I was looking for a bike that suited my style and price range. I came up with the Huffy Cranbrook single speed and Schwinn landmark which is a 7 speed

    If i chose the schwinn i was just going to paint my tank to match the bike...then i found this on ebay which is almost exactly what i had in my head.
    Last edited: May 8, 2009

  2. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    that sure looks like a nice bike. but after shipping it's gonna cost you about $600.00.

    You can do better.

    Concerning one speed vs multi speed. I have one of each. There's not much difference between the two. My mountain bike is more comfortable. My single speed beach cruiser is better looking. And in situations that require a lot of braking the coaster brake comes in handy.

    I'd say it's a toss-up.
  3. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    yes that MB on ebay looks pretty nice

    but -- if you bought the parts and built it yourself -- probably save some money

    referring to speeds on your bicycle -- you will enjoy a 3,5 or 7 speed (((much more))) than single

    get one and ride that THING
  4. Smallblock

    Smallblock New Member

    I am going to build it I said I've already got the engine kit on the way. And if i buy the bike new for $125 i'll have just over $250 in the whole setup. That one on ebay just happens to look kinda like what i'll end up with.

    As of right now i'm leaning more toward the 7 speed schwinn over the $85 single speed cranbrook
  5. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    I would go with the multi-speed
    better brakes all the time,
    and when you break something...
    easier to get home :cool2:
  6. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    Get the multi-speed bike.

    "The Dragon Lady" is a powerful twin-engined girlie cruiser. I use it to commute to work. Part of the route is a 2-mile highway with an uphill offramp.

    "The Iron Dragon" was a 7-speed cruiser. When I started losing speed going uphill at 30-something mph, the "Dragon" called me to help. I pedalled some and the monster caught his second wind.:devilish:

    When the "Lady" asks for help at 30-something mph, it's too fast for a single-speed bike to pedal.:sweatdrop:
  7. Smallblock

    Smallblock New Member

    multi gear it is then I guess.

    I kinda like the the Kuluna moondogs too..
    does anybody have any pics of this style of bikes with different handle bars? Don't really care for the stock bars much.
  8. fetor56

    fetor56 Guest

    Multi-speed for sure.
  9. Multispeed Mountain bike gets my vote....

  10. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    I would go with the multi-speed
    better brakes all the time,
    and when you break something...
    easier to get home
    AZbill has this one summed up correctly! I have a 21 speed and that 1st and second gear helps when youve been a smoker for 3 decades.