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Old 03-22-08, 06:47 PM
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If you dig further, you will find Sheldon appeared to be a big fan of the new Shimano Alfine range, too. Add that to your list of possibilities. Sheldon obviously had seen and tried the hub prior to its release, and was impressed. You may be lucky enough to get on to them as retail stock -- I think Sheldon said they were only coming out initial as original equiipment on certain models of new bikes.

As to the lighting issue, you need to decide how much night riding you actually intend to do. Dynohubs aren't necessary for touring when a headtorch can double for camp and emergency night riding. However, if you intend to use your new rig for commuting and do a lot in winter darkness or you work shifts and you like riding/touring at night (some of us do!), then a dynohub has distinct advantages over batteries -- it's there, permanently, ready to go. As to friction, Shimano have, I believe, improved their dynohubs considerably and the drag factor is almost negligible for ordinary, utlity riding.
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