I need sum edumacating: I have near zero experience with IG drivetrains (helped one friend build up a rear wheel with a Shimano Nexus hub, but didn't pay attention to the details) and have a co-worker who probably will go this route for her daily all-weather commuter, soon.
She has a Univega with 120 or 126 rear and is very maintenance-phobic, plus she rides a hilly route (in the rain) and is a cheapskate: the hub should be as durable, wide geared and cheap as possible...I don't think a 3-speed will be enough and she goes fast downhill so something with a higher-than direct drive high gear is preferred (tall order, huh?).
It will get laced to a 700C rim and doesn't require any built-in brake (she's happy to use a rim-brake)
I know she'll have to make compromises, but there's the starting point.
What's available (I read Sheldon's article, but want to know more)?
What have you had personal experience with and what would recommend for her needs?
Thanks in advance