This is a question I have been meaning to ask for a while. I have experience touring on my mountain bike and an older 10 speed. However I recently built up a 3 speed bike which I am finding very comfortable to ride. I would like to take it touring but I don't know if it is a good idea.
I am running a Sturmey archer 3x fixed gear hub. Three speeds fixed hub, but I run it with a freewheel. Apparently these hubs are a little more robust than a non-fixed Sturmey. But I have also read that Sturmey Archer can be less than reliable in general.
My question then is, has anyone had experience touring on this type of hub? Can it handle the load? Will it work if I distribute the load to the front as well?
I am mostly worried that the axle would break during a tour.. I assume that it is more complicated to replace an internal gear axle than a regular one?
Any and all comments welcome!