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Dave’s Dr. Good

December 20, 2010

Dave the Busdriver had a nasty collision with a motorist a few months back that landed him on the hood of a car being piloted by an inattentive driver.  With a broken tailbone and a few stitches, he actually faired much better than the bicycle.

After a few weeks off the bike, Dave started riding his cargo bike around town and began shopping for a replacement commuter bike.

When Dave bought his Trek 7200 a few years ago, I think he underestimated how much mileage he was going to rack up so quickly.  Over the course of the last 3.5 years, Dave has worn out and we’ve replaced the wheels, fork, headset, cables, drivetrain, tires, pedals, and saddle.  Pretty much the whole bike.

Given the rate of component wear on his Trek, it made sense to set Dave up on a bike that was designed to minimize the cost of maintenance.  Kona has offered internally geared commuters for the last several years, but this year was the first time they offered the Dr. Good.  With a wide range 7 speed internally geared hub, and brakes that actuate at the hub rather than the rim, the life of the expensive components is maximized and the cost of maintenance is minimized.

I’m sure the bike shop will still be a common waypoint for Dave, but I expect we’ll be working on his bike less, and sharing bus driving and bike fixing stories more.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2010 11:21 am

    Awesome post. My tired Schwinn needs similar relief, as you may well know.

    • December 20, 2010 11:28 am

      Careful what you wish for. No bike should seek relief under the wheels of an automobile.

  2. Tom Roche permalink
    December 20, 2010 11:41 am

    What’s the range on the hub? I have (IIRC) 10-30 teeth but am always interested in more. Notably because I have a 30-45-60 crank, and I’d prefer a crank that was cheaper and easier to shift.

    • December 20, 2010 11:54 am

      The Dr. Good comes with the Nexus 7 speed and it has the range of a 13 to 32 tooth cassette.

      The Nexus 8 has the range of a 12 to 38 cassette.

      Shimano is supposed to have the new 11 speed Alfine hub available soon, but they don’t have the tech specs in their 2010 manual.

      Unfortunately, none of these hubs alone would give you the range of your triple ring/cassette combo, but an IGH with cassette and triple chainring would offer mind-blowing range.

  3. Alex C permalink
    December 20, 2010 5:53 pm

    oo oo, hub brakes. About time they’re getting used widely. They heavy? Does Dave care if they’re heavy? And glad to see he’s riding again.

    I guess the insurance pay off didn’t stretch to a Rohloff. Nice bike.


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