Actually quite like gears on the Scandal now. Especially as an Alfine is almost like lots of singlespeeds rather than a set of different gears. The weight is not really noticeable, the shifting smooth even if you do have to unload the drivechain like 1987 derailleurs, and the range is way more than I feel I need at the moment. Mind you, when I get the trailer on . . .
It works well off road too except for that geared business of having to think about changing gear. Only today something felt a bit loose when riding on some rough, frozen pasture down to Torney’s Fell and when I looked there’s a bit of play in the back wheel like the bearings need adjusting. Now, I wonder how you might do that.