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Old 06-15-06, 03:06 AM   #1
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Nexus Hub Question

I'm soon to take possession of a cheap bike bought on ebay which utilises a seven speed nexus hub. I hope to use the machine primarily to take me through my winter commute - my existing bike with a derailer set-up having took a predictable hammering from the weather/road dirt in the last winter months.

I was wondering however whether it was possible to mate the nexus hub with a multiple (2?) chain ring set up at the front end to give me a wider range of gears, and whether this was a sensible thing to consider, and to enquire if anyone had been down that route before and could let me know how effective it was. Alternatively if it's just a daft idea I'll drop it now.

It may be the case that when i have a chance to test the bike on my normal commute route (24 miles round trip) the gearing is fine anyway.

Many thanks in advance for any advice you can give me.
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Old 06-15-06, 04:13 AM   #2
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The big issue is you'll still have to run a rear derailleur or something similar to take up the chain slack when you shift into the smaller chainring. Figuring out the cable routing to a front derailleur on a bike that wasn't designed for it might be more than you want to deal with too.
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"whether this was a sensible thing to consider"

Unless you ride were there are steep undulating hills I really doubt you will get any advantage from a large number of gears. If it bothers you buy a few used chainrings on ebay and see if swapping them makes a difference (I doubt it will). If you do this you will have to buy a new chain too.
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