While I was browsing the Cyclepedia app (see previous post), I came across a reference to the Rohloff Speedhub. It’s a gear-changing mechanism that I have never seen but which has fascinated me since I watched Mark Beaumont’s documentary about cycling the Americas. He used one. It is, apparently, the modern-day equivalent of the Sturmey-Archer system that most of us probably used on those childhood bikes of the 1970s. But hang on, stop! A little search on the Internet tells me that they are still at it. You can pay your money and take your pick. The video here from Rohloff makes fascinating viewing. I think I want one… Now, did that make a suitable 3000th Tweet? I think so.
Hi Andrew, I’ve just bought a VSF Fahrrad TX1000 with Rohloff & after traditional derailleur setup on Ridgeback am looking forward to less maintenance on next tour & ability to change gears while stood still! Will see you at Touring Festival if you want a proper chat about it😃👍🚴🎪🌞
Indeed. I look forward to hearing how you’ve got on with the hub gears.
You are always welcome to try my Rohloff out for size should our paths cross.
Nice to hear from you. And I’m very excited that you have a Rohloff!!! As my path won’t be leading me to the north-west in the near future, can you instead tell me what it’s like to cycle with one? I find it difficult to understand how what is normally done by some seriously large cogs on a bike, can be done inside a little mechanism like the Rohloff. Tell more!