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Old 08-02-06, 09:53 AM   #1
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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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Old 08-02-06, 11:49 AM   #2
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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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Old 08-02-06, 12:47 PM   #3
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cool that might be just what the Dr ordered.

Thanks GT!
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Old 08-02-06, 03:25 PM   #4
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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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Old 08-02-06, 03:34 PM   #5
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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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Old 08-02-06, 04:33 PM   #7
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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?
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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