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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 have a somewhat narrower range of gears, and larger steps between the gear ratios.

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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. Apart from being heavier, how much will I lose in performance if I use hub gears?
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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. The Shimano Alfine internal 8-speed hub is on several bikes I've liked. I've also heard good things about SRAM and Nexus hubs. I ride ...
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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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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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Anti-rotation washers (non-turn) washers in non-parallel dropouts?

I have a Shimano Alfine 11 Interally-geared hub and am fitting it to an "M5 559 shockproof" recumbent. The wheel is built and true and runs nicely. However I have a problem with the anti-rotation ...
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Sachs Torpedo 3 gear vs. SRAM T3 vs. SRAM i-motion 3 gear

Various webshops use the following names: Sachs Torpedo 3 gear SRAM T3 SRAM i-motion 3 gear There are many inconsistencies in what exactly they call them, and for a long time I thought it was ...
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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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Does a Tern Cargo Rack fit on a Bike Friday NWT (whilst accomodating Ortlieb Backroller Classic Panniers)?

I was wondering, whether a Tern Cargo Rack fits on a Bike Friday NWT with a Sram Dual Drive 27 whilst accommodating Ortlieb Backroller Classic Panniers. The problem with rear racks, the Sram Dual ...
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Will my rear wheel with an internally-geared hub shift forward when pedalling steep uphill?

(I'm not a bicycle mechanic. Please excuse the incorrect terminology.) I would like to have an internal hub gear (Shimano Alfine 11) installed on my bicycle. My bicycle has a horizontal rearward-...
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How much axle space for the cap nuts and chain tugs?

I am investigating whether I can insert cap nuts with too short axle attaching area. The image below is exaggerated but the attaching areas are about 1.2cm and 0.95cm. The difference 0.45cm meant in 6 ...
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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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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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How to prevent Alfine 8 from "skipping"/"slipping under load?

I bought a nice belt-drive bike with an Alfine 8 hub. While I love everything about the belt, the Alfine hub gives me grief: under high(er) torque - think fast acceleration from a stop at a light - it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Feasibility of coupling internal hub gear and derailleur

Price considerations apart, would it make sense to install together an internal hub gear and a derailleur? I was thinking of it as a viable way to avoid having the front gears.
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Shimano Nexus 3 (SG-3C41) 2 and 3 gear problem - Ring Gear Unit Repair

I have this internal gear hub and i try to fix it. 1st gear is ok. On 2nd and 3rd gear, especially when I run faster, the hub is not engaging properly, missing engagement sometimes. It is not problem ...
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SRAM i3 coaster brake only activating after multiple turns backwards

My son's bike has a SRAM i3 internal gear + coaster brake hub. It has recently started sometimes only activating the coaster brake after backpedalling a good one or two full revolutions. When in this ...
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Half speed internal hub gear?

Rather than resort to radical gears such as a very small granny chainring (such as 20T) and a very large rear cog (40T), both of which can cause some problems for derailleurs as well as other problems ...
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How to install a Rohloff Speedhub on a Surly Troll with rear facing horizontal fork ends

I have a Surly Troll with rear facing horizontal fork ends. Is there a recommended way of installing a Rohloff Speedhub 14 on the Surly Troll? These answers mention tugnuts and washers, but perhaps ...
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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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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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CNC'ing Strong Hub Shell (Kindernay Swap Cage)

The Kindernay Swap Cage is a removeable hub shell that is a bit delicate for loaded touring. The HD (Heavy Duty) Swap Cage never made it to market. I'd like to make one that's near indestructable. It ...
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Shimano Nexus with shift levers

Shimano Nexus usually comes with a twist shifts. Is it possible to also use shift levers with Nexus? Which ones? More concretely, Shimano Nexus C6000 Revoshift (8s) (hub) and Shimano Alfine 7000 (8s) ...
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Sturmey Archer SRF5W lateral axle adjustment

I have some irritating Long-Shen rear dropouts (deep semi-circular lips around the outside) which are causing problems with fitting a Sturmey-Archer SRF5W internally geared hub. I would like to shift ...
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Loud cracking noise after installing new chain

I did some work on my Rohloff bike today, installing a new chain & chainring and reversing the sprocket. When trying out the bike afterwards, something in the drive train was making a loud ...
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Can I lace a 36 hole hub to 48 hole rim?

I'm trying to install a 3 speed, 36 spoke hub into my 48 spoke rim. I want to try and retain the larger wheel if possible instead of downsizing to a 29" tire. I'm getting mixed information that it ...
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Can an IGH have the same maximum overdrive-ratio as a crank-sproket setup?

Is there an IGH that gives one the maximum overdrive-ratio that one might get with a 39-53T crankset and a 11-34T freewheel? If not, what is the mechanical roadblock in making one ?
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Shimano Nexus 3 coaster brake screeching sound

When I brake hard/er with my Shimano Nexus 3 coaster brake it makes a loud screeching sound. Like really loud, everybody on the street would hear it and turn around. Since I know it's all internal all ...
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Gear for incline - Internal Gear Hub?

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 ...
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Why are IGH minimum gears expressed as ratios not contigent on wheel size?

I've wondered about this before, but I'm doing a Brompton Rohloff conversion for someone and the moment has finally arrived where it's not just a theoretical issue: Shimano and Rohloff both recommend ...
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