I'm starting with a 700c Long Haul trucker frame.
I want to have a wheelset built around velocity touring rims (chuker I believe) 36 spoke.
I want an IGH - for my budget the Shimano Alfine 8 or a Nexus 7 (I may lean toward the 7 for price)
Here is the part I'm wondering - what shifter do you use with the hub? Can you use some sort of 'bar end' or 'friction' style shifter.
Finally, on the front crank I'd like to run a compact double with a traditional front derailleur, so this would effectively give me 16 / 14 (depending on which hub I get) speeds, right? Would cross chaining be an issue? Also, are there issues with the Shimano Alfine on day to day commutes and pulling a slightly larger load (light touring / lots of loaded commute miles). I also live in a hilly area.
So tell me if my idea is stupid. The reason I'd love this hub is that I have to start stop often. The shifting while stopped would be great. Also, I understand that once the cables have stopped stretching, these things don't need alot of fiddling (which would be NICE). However given my hilly area, I'd like a something like a 46 / 30 up front.
Thanks for thoughts.