well, with this post im now contributing to 80% of the posts for this thread, but i have a question about my shift levers now that i need to replace the washer pictured above (if anyone's still interested):
this miyata 110 road bike has down-tube suntour shifters (ive figured out that much).
ive tried to do research, by using google and searching on here, but i can't figure out whether or not my suntour shift levers (the left one is either up or down, the right one can click into five positions) are indexed or friction, or a combination of both? this bike is from the 70s as many of you probably know.
because the one on the right for the rear clicks, is that indexed?
the left one for the front does just up or down without clicking - is that friction?
are both of mine indexed?
are both friction?
im asking this because if i can't find this particular washer and would have to replace the whole shifter (or shifterS as a set), id like to know what type to get that would work with my derailleurs (id like to keep them down-tube for the heck of it).
im assuming i could probably just use any compatible (friction or indexed, whichever these are) downtube shifters - do i have to specify that the left one needs to have two positions and the right one needs five - matched to the gears?
thanks for everyone's patience and extra thanks to anyone who can explain all this to me.
p.s. the rear set of gears seems to have six, not five gears, although i thought a miyata 110 was only a 10-speed (and that the miyata 112 was 12)? the right shift lever that i haven't touched (and might also have a rotten washer?) shifts between five of the six rear gears (doesn't reach the smallest one which may be slightly bent and a screw appears to have been adjusted a lot to possibly prevent this gear from being used?) ...i guess this is a separate, but somewhat related question - thanks!