I am building up my first designated commuter. I really would like to do it right, but I do not want to spend where I really do not need to spend.
So with that, I would like some experienced comments on old Sturmey Archer 3 speeds IGHs (like off 70ís Raleigh Sports) and the newer fangled Sram and Shimano versions. Because I have an old 3 speed that I would lace to a new rim if there isnít a dramatic difference.
Is there a difference in shifting, reliability, weight, durability?
One thing that I do not like about my old SA is I feel like there is some slop in engagement when start pedaling; has this been resolved with newer hubs?
Also, any suggestions on good, light, and affordable rims?
depending on the SA hub, newer ones will have much better braking (if you go for the coaster brake variety) and can give you a lot more gears. If you have ridden your SA hub and like it, I'd go ahead and keep it as it will probably outlive your children.