While riding today, I was thinking, and since most of the oxygen was going to the legs, not the brain, I want to run my idea by you for a reality check.
I Know that MTB Front derailers don't much care for road brifters, that you can use a barend in friction mode with no problem however. Is there any reason why you couldn't use the brifter on the right side for the RD like normal, but put the bar end shifter for the rear at the end of the right bar?
Here's my rational for this idea. Since most shifts while riding along <at least for me> are rear shifts, and when I do shift the front, it is usually in conjunction with a rear shift also. My idea is that you could make the rear shift, and then by just dropping the same hand you can make the front shift. I was pretending that I had that setup while riding today, and found that you didn't have to make a big move to get to the bar end, just at the wrist and a small movement. My understanding is that you really DON'T want to shift both front and back at the same time, you aren't losing anything.
Any feedback would be appreciated. I'm not sure that I'll ever do it, sort of depends on what I do next to the touring bike.
Thanks in Advance,
WHO May have ridden down wind of burning carpet fumes today.