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    Switching between SS and IGH, brilliant solution or doomed to fail?

    I think the title says it all. I prefer riding SS but woulld like to have gears for some rides on those rare occasions or trips when I'm with other non-SS riders. I'd rather just have one bike.

    Is is feasible to have an internal geared hub wheel that I can quickly swap onto by SS?
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    don't shift?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishcreek View Post
    don't shift?
    It's not the same, man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pabs View Post
    I prefer riding SS but woulld like to have gears for some rides on those rare occasions or trips when I'm with other non-SS riders.
    What is the problem in riding SS with other non-SS riders?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
    What is the problem in riding SS with other non-SS riders?
    I think we're missing the point here. But anyway, generally it's not a problem, but on occasion, from time to time on certain rides, and I know it's sacreligious, I'd like some gears and I'm wondering if an IGH is a solution.
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    I think you're over-complicating the issue. The cheaper and simpler route would be just to get a second rear wheel with a cassette (or if you're like me with a 9-sp hub on all my singlespeeds, just an extra cassette), derailleur, and shifter. The swap seriously takes me 15 min. Cost is minimal.

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    Wheel and tire switches are a pain. Time for a new bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut View Post
    I think you're over-complicating the issue. The cheaper and simpler route would be just to get a second rear wheel with a cassette (or if you're like me with a 9-sp hub on all my singlespeeds, just an extra cassette), derailleur, and shifter. The swap seriously takes me 15 min. Cost is minimal.
    I did that when I've previously switched from SS to a 1x9; it took me more than 15 minutes ... how do you do it?

    Don't you have to take off the grips (or one of them)?
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    Either air compressor or alcohol to take off grip. Pretty quick job. Then, bolt on the derailleur, cables zip tied, powerlink chain then cassette installed.

    I would like to find a way to avoid taking off the grips. I wish I could find a decent shifter with clamshell clamps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut View Post
    I wish I could find a decent shifter with clamshell clamps.
    Bummer. That's what I was hoping for.
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    if you have a read hub with room for a cassette and a RD hanger, it would be easy. here's what I plan to do with my Karate Monkey, which is set up as a single-speed at the moment:

    700c hybrid tires
    long der cable
    short-cage RD
    8-speed cassette
    8-speed shifter
    separate chain cut the length for that cassette

    I have Ergon grips, so the grip comes off easily to install the shifter. keep the shifter and RD connected by a cable cut to length for the frame. swap the tires, swap the SS cog for a cassette, install the shifter and RD, swap the chain and bam, 1x8 bike for pavement excursions.

    if you dont have a RD hanger and no where to put a cassette, the IGH rear wheel with a tire already installed on it and a bolt-on grip would be the way to go. no need for a longer chain, rear mech, or tricky parts swaps.

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    Just leave the lever and the rear der all cabled up, just take them all off @ the same time.
    Use quicklinks on the ss chain and the der chain.
    If the switch between gears and ss takes more than 5 minutes, you're just taking your time.

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