Now that I own an Alfine hub, do I get a special hat, or is there a secret handshake that I need to learn? This is actually my second IGH bike, I have a 2005 Schwinn Grey Ghost with a Sturmey-Archer X-RD5 drum brake hub.
Unfortunately, I just saw this thread, and it looks like my bike has the 500 hub, so I'm a little bummed about that. Should I be? I will be riding this bike on-road only. However, I will be climbing some steep hills in 1st gear. How delicate is the Alfine hub, do I need to be careful about mashing the pedals? I'm 185# if that makes a difference.
With the Alfine, should I stop pedaling to shift, or do I just basically shift the same way I would with a derailleur? On my Schwinn, the hub doesn't like to shift unless you're not pedaling.
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