An internally-geared hub is a gearing system contained within the rear-wheel hub of a bicycle. All the components are contained within the sealed hub, making them less susceptible to the elements when riding. They are generally regarded as lower maintenance than dérailleur gears. Usually they will ...

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What are the pros and cons of internal gears?

I've had my hybrid 24-speed for a bit over 3 years now, and just last weekend, when looking for a bike for my wife, discovered internal gears. Suffice to say it blew my mind when I saw 7-speed ...
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What's the efficiency of hub gears compared to derailleurs?

What's the efficiency of hub gears compared to derailleurs. I know that hub gears are not as efficient, a part from being heavier, how much will I loose in performance if I use hub gear?
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How many miles and/or commuting seasons will a modern internal geared hub last?

I've been considering drive trains on a utility / commuter bike. What are expected or actual lifetime / maintenance needs of modern internal hubs? The Shimano Alfine internal 8-speed hub is on ...
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Relative efficiency of different commute bike setups

My interest is in long distance commuting (e.g. more than 50 km a day) and the relative efficiencies of different commute bike setups (e.g. drop bars vs flat bars, fenders vs no fenders, panniers vs ...
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Mystery grease source - Alfine 11, Gates Belt drive, Shimano bottom bracket

I have a 2012 Spot Acme and it's been great, everything is still smooth and working well into its second winter. However I picked it up to bring it into the office a week ago and noticed grease all ...
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Why not have the gears inside the bottom bracket?

Looking into an IGH it seems the biggest disadvantage is having a huge amount of rotating mass. I've seen one handmade bike where the IGH sits above the bracket, inside a carbon fibre shroud around ...
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How easy (or hard) is to move a Rohloff speedhub from one bicycle to another?

I have two 26" bicycles and I am considering investing in a super expensive Rohloff speedhub. I would like to know if it would be possible to easily move the wheel with the rohloff hub from one bike ...
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How do I tell if my cog needs replacing?

Two answers to this question gather that after 14335 km (8907 mi) of cycling with a single chain, the cog is at risk of being damaged. I haven't noticed anything unusual apart from the chain being ...
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How is the riding experience of a Rohloff hub different than derailleur gears?

I'm considering a Rohloff hub and am wondering what the day-to-day riding experience would be like compared to my existing derailleur setup. There are some obvious things (e.g. don't have to be moving ...
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Switching from a dérailleur to a gear hub

I'm upgrading an old bike with a five speed dérailleur system which I'm trying to convert to use a three speed gearhub from Shimano. I have assembled the wheel, I know how to set up the gearhub ...
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Apart from the size, is there any difference between chains for derailleurs or for single-speed / internally geared hubs?

I might need to replace my bicycle chain (see this question). The store where I've bought components before (cyclecomponents.com) seems to be entirely marketed to derailleurs, and I have an internally ...
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Comparing gear ratios on different bike types

How can I compare gear ratios on different wheel sizes? How can I compare gear ratios on MTB with tracking bikes with bigger wheels? How can I compare gear ratios with gear hubs?
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Is it possible to use road-style brifters with an internal gear hub?

I have a touring bike with road-style Shimano brifters, which I love. I'm also very intrigued by internal-gear hubs, but these hubs seem to focus on rotary or push-button shifters. Is it possible to ...
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Is it possible to put a chain on without removing the rear wheel?

I have a bike with a single chainring up front and an internal hub and a coaster brake in the rear. (For those unfamiliar with this setup, it's essentially like having a single-speed bike in that the ...
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How do internal hubs work

This question is just one of curiosity. I have a hard time visualizing this. How do internal hubs work? Does anyone have a cross cut image that is easy to understand?
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Nexus hub keeps getting misaligned

I have a nexus 8-speed internal hub on a Civia Kingfield bike. It keeps getting misaligned -- the dots on the bottom don't line up. In the past I have successfully adjusted it using the barrel ...
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Can oil/grease damage tires?

I've noticed a small puddle of light oil beneath the rear wheel of our Rohloff-equipped tandem. I'm told that a small amount of leakage is normal and I'm not worried about that. The issue is that a ...
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Pros and cons of gears in bottom bracket vs. rear hub? [duplicate]

Since 6 years, I am the happy user of a bicycle with a Rohloff internal hub gear. German quality squeezing 14 gears and a 526% gear range into the rear hub. Less known is the newer and equally ...
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Do Shimano Nexus hubs lose efficiency as they get older?

I ride a 5 year old commuter bike with a Shimano Nexus 8 internal hub gear, that's done about 20,000km. I'm not sure if I'm imagining it, but it seems like my bike has lost a considerable amount of ...
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How to replace a Sturmey Archer's cable?

I would like to replace the cable of a Sturmey Archer hub, but can't find a way to disassemble the old cable without destroying it, and it puzzles me how to insert the new cable. To better explain, I ...
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Sturmey Archer 3-Speed Hub Slipping?

I'm about to go look at a 1972 Raleigh. The seller says that the bike slips out of third gear into neutral. Is this a simple fix (e.g. a cable adjustment), or should I stay away from such a ...
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Shorten or replace bicycle chain?

The chain on my internally geared hub bicycle is now too long even when the rear wheel is entirely pulled back. How do I tell whether it's sufficient to shorten the chain by removing some links, or if ...
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Internal gear hub maintenance

I have a Muji utility bicycle with a 3-speed internal gear hub which I got second hand around 5 years ago. The LBS which I bought the bike from has since closed down and I haven't managed to find ...
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Is it a good idea to switch to hub gear?

I have a Firefox Roadrunner Pro. I wanted to know if it was a good idea to install an internal hub gear on it. I want to install it to reduce dust accumulation and oiling and to simplify the ...
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Advice for servicing a Scott Sub 10 [8 speed Alfine hub gear]

I purchased a Scott Sub 10 last year and use it almost every day for commuting doing around 12 miles a day. I'd say I've done around 2000 miles since purchasing it last Summer. I am going to take ...
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Can a Shimano Alfine 8 speed be reduced to 120mm hub spacing?

I would like to buy a single-speed bike that happens to have 120mm hub spacing, and add the Shimano Alfine 8-speed hub. That hub, however, seems to have a 135mm spacing. Can the 8-speed Alfine hub be ...
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Decoding internal gear specs

I am looking at a bike which describes the gears as: 3 speed internal geared hub, 42t front and 16t rear gearing. What does the latter spec (42t/16t) describe?
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Shimano Nexus 3 — what anti-rotation washer to use?

As I described in my previous question, I attempted a gradual conversion from a dérailleur to a Shimano Nexus 3 gear hub. I have installed the hub, keeping the dérailleur's pulley for now, with ...
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Does a Sturmey Archer 2 speed kick shift hub let you backpedal?

Does a Sturmey Archer 2 speed kick shift hub let you backpedal? A backpedal / coaster brake changes riding technique so much it drives me nuts; I am wondering if you can backpedal at least enough to ...
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which multi-speed hub should I upgrade my trek district to

So my rear freewheel hub broke on my single speed belt driven (no metal chain) trek district. Since I have to replace the rear hub, I'm thinking of replacing the rear hub with an internally geared ...
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Rohloff clicking sound with ratchety feeling

Recently, my Rohloff-geared bicycle started to make a regular clicking sound with a ratchety feeling associated with it. Besides a click, I feel a small resistance transmitted through the pedals. This ...
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Make a 3-gear bike go easy on uphill

I want to see how can I make this 3-gear bike go easier on uphill. It has an internal gear hub. I don't know much about bikes but I'm thinking if I can merely replace the hub for one with 14 gears ...
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Internal Gear Hub for 16in Wheel?

My 4yr old son has a 16in Bikestar and at times he maxes out the gearing on it trying to keep up with his old man. How feasible is it to add either a 2 or 3 speed hub to such a bike? I'm concerned ...
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Bottom bracket with built-in internal hub - does this exist?

I've heard that one can install a bottom bracket that has what is essentially a built-in internal hub, giving one the ability to add a virtual double chainring where there's only one. This would be ...
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Slipping gears on new Electra Townie 8i

I just got an Electra Townie 8i bike and the gears are acting weird. I hear clicking noises when pedaling and sometimes it slips down to a lower gear. This is especially true for 4th gear. Is this ...
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Alfine 11-speed - what is needed to install it? What are common problems when installing?

This is an expensive and heavy hub but I'm looking to build a new wheel and strip the rear derailleur off my old Trek MTB. It already has a fixed Ritchey carbon fork and front disc and is a nice ...
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Torque for Shimano Alfine 8/11 Speed Internally Geared Hub Axle Nuts?

I Googled for this, but couldn't find the proper torque (in Newton-meters) for Shimano Alfine 8- and 11-speed IGH axle nuts. I'm putting the hub back on the bike after removing the rear wheel. I'm no ...
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What do I need to research to switch to an internally geared hub?

I have a bike that I rather like, but it's geared entirely for high-speed road bike type work. It's fantastic on the flat areas of the route that I take every day, but I also have a couple of serious ...
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Can't setup shifting on Shimano Nexus 7 after unscrewing wheel

I had to unscrew rear wheel to replace inner tube. I haven't fully detached it, just to the moment I was able to replace tube. After reattaching wheel I can't setup gears shifting (that's my first ...
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Fixing/replacing rim/wheel with Internal Gear Hubs (Nexus 3)

My rear wheel's rim is severely damaged and I want to replace the rim. I don't want to respoke it, so first question, is it possible to buy new prebuilt wheel somehow without the transmission itself, ...
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Rear internal hub won't shift gears

I have a 1963 Sears cruiser, three speed, which I bought very recently. On my third ride, the middle speed stopped working, and went loose; there wasn't any "traction" when I pedaled. It happened as I ...
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Shifters compatible with: SG-3D55 (Shimano Nexus 3 speed - disk brake - internal gear hub)

I am planning to buy the SG-3D55 internal gear hub. According to this forum post, the SL-3S35 is compatible. But what about the other 3 speed nexus shifters? I am finding it hard to find any ...
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What kind of lubrication is used on Electra Townie 8i chain?

I just got a new Electra Townie 8i and notice that the chain appears clean and silvery. Is it supposed to be lubricated and if so, what is recommended lubrication?
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Source an internal/hub derailleur for Bianchi Bergamo

Is this really such a novel piece of equipment? 2006 Bianchi Bergamo internal/hub derailleur I commute with a lot of weight on the rack and pop spokes in my rear wheel at least a couple of times a ...
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Chain coming off with internal hub gear bike - why?

I have a Raleigh Caprice bike, about 7 years old, with sturmey archer 3 speed hub gears. There have been some problems with the hub gears in the past 9 months, which have been fixed by a mechanic. ...
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Sliding chain back on hub gear bikes

I got a folding bike 2 months ago and got my first hiccup. It has a 3-speed hub gear and while changing gears today, it seems like the chain slipped off the smaller chainring near the back wheel into ...
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Can you use an Alfine 8-speed “disc” hub with a non-disc wheel?

I have a city bike with a Nexus 8-speed and I'd like to rebuild the rear wheel with an Alfine 8-speed. The only hubs I can find all seem to be disc mount hubs. My city bike has v-brakes. Is it ok to ...
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Run without a derailleur hanger?

I'm building a bike on an old aluminium frame that is missing the rear derailleur hanger. I'm putting an IGH on it, so I don't need to use the hanger, but the dropout seems too thin without it. Can I ...
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Is it possible to tune a hub gear?

I have a city bicycle with an internally geared hub. The problem with it is that all the 3 gears are too small, and I have a few hills around. Is it possible to tune the gears so that they larger?
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Using a series of hub gears

I have an idea and I'm wondering if it's feasible. For an upcoming recumbent cargo touring build, I wonder if I could say use an 8-speed hub gear connected directly to an identical 8-speed hub gear, ...