I'm looking to set up an internally geared bike with decent carrying capacity, and this seems like the forum where folks might have suggestions. Mostly, I'm confused / overwhelmed by hub options. I like the idea of a simple system, but I want it to be functional.
So here are my questions:
(1) 3-speed. Good enough? Will I regret passing up a 5, 7, or 8?
(2) Nexus? Spectro? Sturmey Archer (the new stock from Asia)? Are they all fairly reliable at this point or should I heed the old horror stories about slipping into freewheeling in top gears?
(3) Coaster brake on the rear hub -- bad idea? I've read vague complaints about their performance.
(4) Hub dynamo and drum brake in the front hub. Both seem like good ideas, but not the most common setup, which makes me wonder.
Any input is most appreciated. If I've missed a thread with this info, please point me towards it and I won't get pissy.