My grand-daughter, who lives in Edinburgh, has bought one of these and loves it. However, she is young, and strong, and fit, and seeks out opportunities for intense exercise.
The box is classy. However, I would suggest something in oak or walnut with dovetail corners and a bit of inlay or marquetry on the lid would look slightly classier.Another shout out for the Elephant bike. No great hills in Essex ( more inclines) but as long as you reconcile yourself to not getting up them quickly, an Elephant bike does the job! Absolutely love mine & you’re supporting a great cause. Here’s mine (with a few additions!)
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I can do all my local hills in a 43 inch gear but it's hard going. There are a few outside Birmingham (The Lickeys) that MTBers have to crawl up in bottom gear. They actually seem to enjoy it!It's amazing what can be climbed on a 40" gear.
For a 10 mile round trip, a three speed would be fine IMO unless you really want to maximise your journey time/ average speed. For an unhurried utility trip, having to walk an occasional hill if necessary won't make much time difference and if it goes up, then it must come back down again.
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