Re: [Geared_hub_bikes] Re: A Cautionary Tale about a Shimano Alfine 11
- None of my LBS (all both of them) carry ANY IGH bikes. The one refuses to have anything to do with them. The other will special order hubs and parts as needed. Funny thing is they also call me when they have an issue with an IGH bike that they can't get to the bottom of. One of the mechanics knows how to work on S-A AW hubs and that is the sum total of his IGH knowledge. I am not a bicycle mechanic by trade, however I do have a high mechanical aptitude and can do research and figure out how to make things work. Shimano and Sram don't provide much in the line of support for anything once they sell it. They had a hub listed on the North America website, we tried to order one, they told us there was no such thing, we sent them the link to THEIR website! It was removed the next day. Come to find out that particular hub was OEM for the Japanese market only. I ended up ordering a similar hub from a vendor in The Netherlands because no US distributor could get a Shimano dyno hub with roller brakes. FWIW the bike I had purchased from an LBS came with roller brakes and I wanted the dyno hub.Aaron
From: aarons_bicycle_repair <aaron@...>
Sent: Saturday, April 6, 2013 4:31 PM
Subject: [Geared_hub_bikes] Re: A Cautionary Tale about a Shimano Alfine 11
You get what you pay for!
Seriously, if everyone continues to buy at a discount online, then how can anyone expect to have well trained and well paid bicycle mechanics?
If you want to have your local shop service your IGH, then buy it from them!
I know, most shops are not interested in them and most shop just pay college kids to work on bikes because being a bike mechanic is not a REAL job.
Shops like mine don't happen overnight. It is a slow process. There has to be enough shops working on IGH for suppliers to start stocking replacement parts.
It all starts with the end user.
--- In Geared_hub_bikes@yahoogroups.com, "freetobike2012" wrote:
> Read your post and grimaced.
> I bought my alfine 11 new thru amazon.
> The real grimace is :there apparently isn't a qualified shimano alfine mechanic within 75 miles of where I live.
> Rich Mc
- My saddlebag holds... a Kryptonite New York Standard U-Lock and a cable, spare inner tube, maps for several local counties, first aid kit, tools (tire levers, allen wrenches, multi-tool, 8 mm combo wrench, pressure gauge), jacket, fleece vest, rain cover for saddle, rain cover for helmet.My handlebar bag holds... reading glasses, small light that straps on my head, knit hat, small notebook and pen, key for lock, snacks, strap that runs between front wheel and down tube to stabilize bike, click-stand, wallet and coin purse.Of course the exact lists vary depending on season etc.I like being able to take off and explore without worrying too much about getting lost or stuck etc. There has to be some middle ground in "Be Prepared" - no doubt I push into the over-prepared end of the spectrum!For that matter, I ride an expedition-level touring bike to take a spin around the neighborhood or a run to the grocery store! Clearly over-kill! But it's nice being able to barrel down a big hill and hit rough pavement and not worrying about denting a rim or all those groceries breaking the rack!Jim