Join Date: Jul 2000
Bikes: 1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
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Originally Posted by Applehead57
I Ok, downtube shifters are nearly indestructable and cheap, but aren't they a pain in usage?
The only reasonable alternative to downtube shifters for my 1959 Capo would be Campag. friction barcons. I do have SunTour ratchet barcons on one Peugeot workhorse and a set ready to install on the other. The only time I see any disadvantage to downtube shifters is on fast descents, but that's why one is supposed to shift early.
"Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069