Internal hub v. derailleur

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Robert Putnam
Joined: 2011-08-01
Country: USA
Internal hub v. derailleur

I've been using a Dahon Boardwalk for almost two years now for my daily ride (3 mi. each way) between the commuter rail station and my workplace.  I found after about a year of riding that the chain had stretched so much that I had to remove one of the links (after reaching the limit of the rear dropout).  I've been thinking that I'd like for my next bike to have an internal hub because it seems it might hold up better to commuting abuse than a derailleur, but I am a little concerned that I'd be faced with a similar problem with the chain over time.  Any thoughts, both about the chain stretch problem and the more general question of internal hub v. derailleur?  Thanks!  -Robert