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Originally Posted by Mr Vagabond
I already posted this question in Bike Mechanics, but thought it couldn't hurt to try and get a couple more opinions here. I have a drop bar that I want to add to my bike. The only thing missing now is a new pair of thumb shifters. Saw these
on Amazon. Anyone got any recommendations? I'm looking for 3x7 shifters and something cheap! Guess it can't hurt to ask. Thanks.
Bar-ends, bar-ends, bar-ends. Friction mode if you can handle it. Comfortable, maintenance-free (haven't fiddled with mine in 2.5 years), and nearly as good as STI except when you're in a paceline and need to have split-second access to the brakes. I use both, and I find I don't shift either more or less with STI, which I think is a good indication of the convenience of bar-ends.
I use 25-year-old Suntour Barcon friction-only shifters, which I got for $10 at a swap meet, and my girlfriend uses Suntour Edge 3x7 indexed shifters which I got for free off some generous soul on craigslist. Both work great. As do all the other bar-ends I've seen