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Old 04-10-08, 06:03 AM   #1
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Internal Gear Hubs with no gear selector or cable

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Are there any internal gear hubs that don't have a gear cable and gear selector? I'm a novice bike rider so please save your flames.

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Old 04-10-08, 06:06 AM   #2
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Hello,

Are there any internal gear hubs that don't have a gear cable and gear selector? I'm a novice bike rider so please save your flames.

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No, but there is what's called a Schlump (sp?) bottom bracket that you shift with your foot. It;s like having two chainrings in the front.
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How would you select your gear?

I think way back when, they had some 2-speed hubs where pedaling backwards would switch it from high to low or vice-versa.
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Well yes and no. Giant makes a bike with an internal gear hub that has no actual shifter pod. It does however have a cable that runs from the front wheel, to a control box on the frame, and then to the internal gear hub.

The bicycle actually shifts itself. I have ridden them a few times, and they are pretty cool.
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Don't forget the old Bendex 2-speed kickback hub. The coaster brake has a ratchet that switches between the two gears.
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Thanks for the info. I also found the Sachs/Torpedo was a multi speed kickback coaster too!

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Thanks for the info. I also found the Sachs/Torpedo was a multi speed kickback coaster too!
A little more accurate to say that Sachs made a 2-speed kickback coaster. Sachs also made a Torpedo brand 3 speed coaster hub that was shifted with a traditional trigger shift and cable setup just like S-A. An excellent reliable hub with no maintenance necessary except for a broken cable wireonce a decade or so. Pictured are three such bikes I have owned and used over the past decade equipped with a Sachs Torpedo 3 speed with standard trigger shifter.
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The Trek Lime?
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I came into this thread to say:

(A) kick back hubs

(B) Raleigh Coasting/Trek Lime/etc.

Glad to see that both options have been brought to light already.
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Shimano has a 3-speed automatic system called "Coasting" that Trek, Giant, Raliegh, and Schwinn have equipped some bikes with.
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Hello,

Are there any internal gear hubs that don't have a gear cable and gear selector? I'm a novice bike rider so please save your flames.

Thanks
The Trek Lime is OK but you have to lift going up hill so the device can shift down. You're actually better off getting a simple three speed. Ride the bike in second gear 99% of the time, then when the hill comes, shift to 1st gear. Simple.
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Don't be afraid of shifting yourself. It's a natural action. I think I'd rather have a 'manual' than an 'automatic', since you have to help it either way by easing up, better to know exactly when. I've been riding an old Schwinn roadster with a Sturmey-Archer 3-speed hub. Looks just like the new Schwinn Coffee. I like it. It's better with the 22 tooth cog on the rear ( 46 chainwheel up front) instead of the original 18. I think the Coffee has a 22 cog standard.

I also have a derailleur bike with 6x2=12 speeds. I think at least 5 wide-range speeds is really the minimum number of speeds for a good long-distance bike. More is better to a point. If I only could have one bike, I'd want a '10+ speed' touring road bike or something similar. Don't fear derailleurs -- need a little adjustment now & then, messy to clean, but mostly trouble-free and worth it.

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In the European market, Shimano sells an electronically-shifted Nexus 8.
http://cycle.shimano-eu.com/catalog/...=1208149960746
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