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    looking for advice to replace downtube shifters

    With something closer to the bars, bar end shifters maybe? Its an old steel Motobecane 12 spd and I find myself a little unsure/unstable when shifting down there and am hoping to find a better solution for my commuter.


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    Try this...http://www.rivbike.com/webalog/shift...urs/17068.html

    Pretty painless way to try out bar-end shifters. Add these with new cables and housing to your current levers. Bar-ends are my favorite shifting method (when I ride geared bikes). Bar ends are nice because they keep your hands far out on the bars for stable steering. Lots of touring bikes have them for that reason. STI/Ergo systems are nice when steering, shifting, and braking all occur quickly, but they'e significantly more expensive.
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    cool that might be just what the Dr ordered.

    Thanks GT!

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    My commute bike uses a downtube shifter for the fder, which I rarely move, and a bar end for the rder. Works great for me, and leaves the left bar end open for a mirror.

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    What if you don't like drops

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    so on a related question, is there a difference between say and 8 sp downtube friction shifter and a 6sp downtube friction shifter? Or is it just a matter of setting a stop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom2slow
    so on a related question, is there a difference between say and 8 sp downtube friction shifter and a 6sp downtube friction shifter? Or is it just a matter of setting a stop?
    No difference. I use 20 yr. old campy friction shifters with a 9-speed shimano cassette. All the friction levers pull the cable the same way.

    Also I vote for the bar ends too, or grip shift for a flat bar.
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    If ya don't do drops anymore and sit more upright "thumbies" are
    the way to go on older bikes.

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