I’ve been meaning to write about my Rohloff shifting experiences I had a couple of years ago I for a while now, probably since I had them, but now I’m finally putting the words down on virtual paper.
I had a long commute at the time and I was getting really bad wrist pain in my shifting hand. This was before I had decent grips too, so it wasn’t the most comfortable ride either. I put the wrist strain down to shifting it too much, people do warn of such wrist strain injuries that can occur, but this is one I never thought I’d encounter.
So, tugging at the gear ring cables and the Rohloff seemed to change gear easily enough, pulling the gear cable through by hand also seemed a little stiff, but nothing major, so I couldn’t see a problem.
I decided to replace the gear cable inner and outer (cable housing) just to rule that out and my gosh, what a difference! Shifting was then possible using only my finger and thumb rather than huge effort, marvellous. My wrist strain went away and I also bought some decent ergonomic grips, I’ve not had a problem since!
What prompted the change of cable was a bit of rust I spotted, but actually it turned out to be far worse, the housing had actually split in a couple of places and was long overdue a replacement.
I often think that if I want a bike that feels new, the best thing to do is replace the cables, adjust the brakes and that makes a world of difference.
My Burley Rohloff problem:
So that was the standard hitch that came with it. It fits my Nexus bike well, but as you can see the Rohloff cables are fouled by it on Bluebell (Thorn Raven Sport Tour).
The gear range on the Nexus isn’t good enough for pulling the baby up hills, so I have been desperately trying to find some way to use Bluebell instead.
Lots of guesswork and a couple of purchases later and we’re sorted:
The skewer is now on the other side and half of the hitch remains on my bike:
Guesswork? Well, it wasn’t obvious (to me at least) which parts I needed, but the gamble paid off.
Now to find time to take on my nearest hill with baby in tow (however unimpressive it may be to some), especially now the snow down here has gone.
He was as quiet as a mouse for the 12 mile ride, even up the hill (going both ways).
There was a postcard picture moment of a squirrel scoffing his face perched on a log looking directly at me as I cycled past. It’s not the first time either (different squirrel though).
The Nexus lacks the gear range, boy did I miss Bluebell today. I’m hankering after a better baby bike!
I can’t use bluebell until I get a different Burley attachment because of the Rohloff cables
Someone asked “how much slack to leave in rohloff cables”.
Well, that is the great thing, the gear cables don’t need fine tuned tension to work, once correctly setup they are set until you need a new cable or gear ring cable whichever comes first (normally the latter).
Mine are loose but only a fraction of a turn on the shifter will take that slack up. You have to be sensible about it, too tight and those bayonet connectors are not going to couple easily, too loose and you’ll be waggling into your spokes and of course will not be able to change into all 525% / 14 evenly spaced gears.
The nice thing is the barrel adjusters can take up the excess slack if you have a bit too much.
Have you seen Shimano’s effort even on their latest Alfine? Yuck! No better than my awful Nexus.