Just starting to get into cycling and had a question. I have a mid to late 80's Univega gran rally aluminum frame fully equipped with Shimano 600. I've heard that the down tube SIS shift levers (SL-6208) are notorious for breaking off the tabs inside. Unfortunately when i was taking it apart for the first time and cleaning it, this situation happened to me.
It's a 6 speed rear derailleur (Shimano 600 RD-6208) and apparently they don't make them anymore. I have done some searching around and have found nothing that would work and match up to 6 speed. I kept reading that the levers have two variations, one for steel frames and one for aluminum ones. (please, correct me if I'm wrong) The levers mount directly into the frame and thus far, I have yet to figure out how to get the bases out. Checked some sites and Ebay and all that I could find was clamp on levers.
At this point, I'm not really sure how to proceed. Ive read on other forums that the general recommendation was to replace them. I read on one forum that a good rear derailleur to replace them with is the Shimano Sora but would really appreciate some advice. If at all possible, I'd like to keep the original hardware on the bike, but I realize that that may not be feasible.
Went down to my local bike shop and was told that Dura-ace makes a 6 speed down-tube shift lever but they are quite expensive. Would love some suggestions on how to proceed.