Old 01-26-12, 07:40 AM
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Yes it's harder than an external geared hub with QR, but not at all unmanageable.

I carry a wrench to undo the axel nut and a pair of bent nosed needle nose pliers to remove and reinstall the shift cable. I have also marked the shift cable nut with paint to denote where it should sit when in place.

I practiced a couple of times in my living room because my morning commutes are cold (this time of year) and dark. I did not want to learn how to do it on the side of the road in those conditions.

I have also taken the precaution of using a Michelin Krylion tire with a thicker tube to fend off some flats before they happen.
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