Stradageek wrote: ↑26 May 2021, 8:16am
AndyK wrote: ↑25 May 2021, 11:54pm
Sturmey Archer hub gears. That is all.
I really have to disagree. I spend much of my time taking old steel MTB's and rebuilding the rear wheel around an AW3 hub (cold forming the rear forks to get the right OLD) and the result.... the ideal zero maintenance town/commuter bike.
Can't find the "hollow laugh" emoticon. I put it to you that perhaps 80% of the SA gears out there on bikes right now, in the real world of back-of-the shed runabouts, do not work properly. For derailleur-geared bikes I'd say it's closer to 50% and those can often be rectified just by showing the owner where to point the oil spray.
I've worked on a lot of cheap'n'cheerful bikes and if you ask the owner of an SA-geared bike how much they use the gears you'll get a response along the lines of "Oh, that funny little lever? Is that what it's for? All it seems to do is put the bike into neutral, and that's when I can manage to move it at all 'cos it's very stiff. Is it meant to be falling apart like that?" Maintenance free, my saddle contact area. Most of the people who say SA gears are maintenance-free turn out to be people who spend many hours of their life maintaining them.
I mean, hub gears are fine, but the embarrassing truth is that Shimano and SRAM do it better. It's one of those "it must be good, it's BRITISH!" blind spots we Brits have, alongside the likes of Dualit toasters and British Seagull outboard motors. (And it's not even British any more. We can stop pretending now.)