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    Senior Member JOHN J's Avatar
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    good almost afternoon fellow clydes and our lovely Athenas.

    Im pondering making My old road bike (thats now a single speed) back into a road bike IE: puting gears back on.

    its a beautiful lugged Falcon with a 531 frame and a 531 fork.

    when I made it a single speed I installed time trial bars so I could have very positive braking in town.

    with the TT bars I have full leverage on the brake vs whats availible from the hoods and the TT bars sure are comfortable!

    So if I put gears back on the Blue falcon should I

    1) drop bars and brifters

    2) drop bars and downtube shifters. (original set up) bike is 1992 model I love the frame!!

    3) leave the TT bars and add bar end shifters.

    id be mostly riding solo with this rig But would probably do charity rides/ occasional group rides on it too. ive been doing group /charity event rides on my TANK Swiss army commute cross check and its a true geek machine as only a all weather commuter bike can be.

    many thanks

    "John"
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    Gears? CliftonGK1's Avatar
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    I'm voting for option #2, but I'm a sucker for the old-school looks. I've got a 1991 PDG Series 5 with 105sc downtube shifters. It took a little getting used to when I went back to that bike, but downtube shifters just look awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    I'm voting for option #2, but I'm a sucker for the old-school looks. I've got a 1991 PDG Series 5 with 105sc downtube shifters. It took a little getting used to when I went back to that bike, but downtube shifters just look awesome.
    I love my downtube shifters (on the Raleigh in my sig) and they keep me from overshifting. I also love the friction (or as Larry at Mt. Airy calls it, SILENT) shifting and may never go back to indexed...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JOHN J View Post
    good almost afternoon fellow clydes and our lovely Athenas.

    Im pondering making My old road bike (thats now a single speed) back into a road bike IE: puting gears back on.

    its a beautiful lugged Falcon with a 531 frame and a 531 fork.

    when I made it a single speed I installed time trial bars so I could have very positive braking in town.

    with the TT bars I have full leverage on the brake vs whats availible from the hoods and the TT bars sure are comfortable!

    So if I put gears back on the Blue falcon should I

    1) drop bars and brifters

    2) drop bars and downtube shifters. (original set up) bike is 1992 model I love the frame!!

    3) leave the TT bars and add bar end shifters.

    id be mostly riding solo with this rig But would probably do charity rides/ occasional group rides on it too. ive been doing group /charity event rides on my TANK Swiss army commute cross check and its a true geek machine as only a all weather commuter bike can be.

    many thanks

    "John"
    Brifters on an originally DT shifter bike, is like putting a Slush-o-matic in a Model-T Ford, it looks silly, so put the DT shifters back on, and enjoy.

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