Archive for April, 2013

Exploded IGH Hub Drawing From the Handbook

The fine folks at have been granted permission to make a wonderful IGH resource called Handbook of Coaster Brakes and Internally Geared Hubs available online at the following address:

The handbook was written and compiled by Howard Sutherland, Ed Colaianni, and John Allen. It contains  troubleshooting and rebuilding information, comparative parts lists and lovely exploded diagrams of a large amount of hubs produced between 1960 and 1992 including Sachs, Sturmey-Archer and Shimano hubs.

This is definitely worth checking out and bookmarking if you’re an IGH fan and tinkerer.


The main advantage of hubs

The main advantage of hubs – apart from the freedom from a crude and filthy external contraption dangling off the bike – is that of instant-change. The rohloff enables you to snap near-instantly from nearly any gear to any gear.

If, through wanton day-dreaming, you find yourself in the wrong gear on a sudden up- incline: In the case of the deraileur you have to get off, lift the back and spin the wheel while the chain climbs over the cogs, an undignified admission of a mistake. In the case of the hub, it goes click and you are “in”. Joyful. No forward motion lost, no undignified scramble. This alone is such a boon. There is not even need to keep watch on which front ring you are on to enable optimum selection of cluster gear. It is so good to be liberated from the deraileur that I am exultant every time I get on the bike despite having had the hub gear over a year. Second childhood for me.

A great email we got from Phil W describing what he finds joyful about internal gear hubs.