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Join Date: May 2007
Bikes: Spec' Tarmac (road), Ridley Fenix (commuter & fast tourer), Salsa Mamasita (MTB), CoMo Speedster (tandem), Surly Big Dummy (cargo), Airnimal (folder)
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I have one of these on each road bike that my wife and I own and one on the tandem. A bike is not complete without one of them. 9 and 10-speed versions are easily available from local bike stores, and sometimes they'll have an old 8-speed version lying in the back of a drawer.
A lot of people who care more about fashion than function say that you don't need one - but life is certainly easier with one, and it weighs less than 5 grams, so why not?
I find it very odd that it comes as standard part with Dura Ace brifters, and I believe there is a similar thing integrated into the top of the current Sora and Tiagra brifters, but people who buy 105 or Ultegra brifters get nothing - we have to buy the Dura Ace model from the LBS (very few online stores carry them).
Last edited by Chris_W; 05-25-09 at 01:12 AM.