- ... I spent a couple of hours with him today and asked him. The answer is that it isn t so much that he prefers the Alfine 11 as that it does the job heMessage 1 of 45 , Apr 13, 2013View Source--- In Geared_hub_bikes@yahoogroups.com, Cycle Monkey <cyclemonkey@...> wrote:
>I spent a couple of hours with him today and asked him. The answer is that it isn't so much that he prefers the Alfine 11 as that it does the job he requires. When he decided to change the two bespoke frames from derailleur to igh, Alfine 11 was the most convenient solution. If, however, he felt that he needed a 16" bottom gear he would use the Rohloff. Otherwise, with his Alfines set to a low gear of 23/24" he finds them perfectly satisfactory and at no disadvantage compared to the Rohloff.
> What are your friend's reason's for preferring the Alfine hub over the
Saw the electric gear change option fitted to an Alfine 11 today. Very neat but even less chance of a get you home fix in event of failure, I would think.
- 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,Message 45 of 45 , Apr 14, 2013View SourceMy 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