Transforming downtube/stem shifters into thumb shifters?
I don't care for the 'black plastic' look of most thumb shifters that I've seen. I'm wondering how hard it would be to decompose a set of thumbshifters and a set of downtube or stem shifters, and then reassemble them such that I now had a set of all-metal thumbshifters that would agree visually with all-metal brake levers and clamps on a cruiser/stache bar.
Has anyone successfully done that? Alternatively, does anyone know of all-metal thumbshifters that would suit a 3x5 setup?
Don't know, but there's at least one other thread on this: Converting downtube to thumb shifter....how to??, maybe there's an answer in there.
me have long head tube
The thing you want is Paul's Thumbies, made by Paul Components.
They won't mount down-tube shifters, but they use Shimano bar-end shifters (and possibly down-tube shifters; I don't remember if Shimano barcons have basically the same mounting design as dt shifters).
Here's the look:
Thanks. I don't know how I missed that
Originally Posted by 'nother
I looked at those, too. Apart from also looking "black plastic"-y, nearly $50 feels quite expensive. Do you know of anyone who's making something equivalent for cheaper?
Originally Posted by timcupery