Alfine 8 hub in the winter

With the warm temperatures here in Edmonton I decided to head out on the On-One Pompetamine bike I just built. Yesterday I rode across the city to the in-laws house. Today it was a ride in the river valley on the trails there.

The ride went well yesterday. I was surprised how well the 700x33c Maxxis Mud Wrestler cyclocross tires worked in the snow on plowed roads. Lots of grip except in the loose slushy areas.

Today was a bit of a different story. It had snowed a little, perhaps 1 or 2 cm. This caused my tires to kick up a lot of ‘snow dust’ in the air, making its way on to my chain. 20130106-220109.jpgAfter a while ice built up near the rear cog. When this happened it caused the hub not to free wheel properly. I didn’t think much of it at first and had thought that it would eventually clear it’s self and it did. Another 10km or so went by and it happened gain, however this time instead of clearing it seems to have forced cog out-of-place where it could spin freely without engaging the hub. After some troubleshooting I decided I didn’t have everything I needed to fix it out in the snow. Needless to say it made for a long walk back to the parking lot.

I’m not really sure if there is a good solution to this. I wonder if a lock ring similar to what is used on a cassette would have been a better design choice instead of a snap ring which is used with the Alfine.

For now i’ll have to use my mountain bike with a traditional derailleur system.

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