I've been looking to upgrade my downtube shifters and I am considering buying either a set of friction stem shifters or bar-end shifters.
The stem shifters seem much more convient....since I ride on the tops or brake hoods most of the time.
Are there any shifting disadvantages with stem shifters over bar end shifters?
Any reliability differences?
THe bar-end shifters seem more popular in these forums for reasons not really clear to me. Is it because you guys like to ride on the drops more than I do or is there some other reason why the bar-ends are more popular?