I'm new on the cycling scene and I'm looking to build a bike. I'm a bit worried about my route home, since although only 5KM it's quite steep in places, with 0.25KM being at a 16% incline, and the rest floating somewhere between 3-6%.
Start altitude: 14 metres End altitude: 99 metres Maximum altitude: 99 metres Minimum altitude: 11 metres Distance: 5 km Total ascent: 125 metres Total descent: 40 metres Maximum gradient ascending: 16% at 2.6 km Maximum gradient descending: 8% at 3.4 km
I quite like the idea of an internal gear hub, but I'm wondering if that's a bad idea given the gradient and my lack of experience. Is it as simple as just using the pedal gear to vary the ratio going into the IGH, or is it a case that the IGH is simply not a sensible choice for this kind of gradient.