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    Illumination for shifters

    here's an idea for those looking for something original. this took me a few hours of work and it's quite simple to make





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    Doesn't show much. ??
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    That post is quite non-illuminating.

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    Huh...

    So, now we need lights to find our shifters and to tell us what gear we are in??? I guess I don't get it...I have bar ends, I know where they are in the dark and I, like most of us, know what gear I'm in at any given time... it will have the 'neat' factor though I 'spose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grgast View Post
    here's an idea for those looking for something original. this took me a few hours of work and it's quite simple to make
    I glue protruding pieces of PVC onto my gripshifts. They help identifying the gear not just during the night, but also during the day, in that I can figure out the gear by touch. During the day, at times you cannot afford taking the eyesight off a situation and there may be noise and/or vibrations associated with the surface you are riding on, limiting the use of sound and/or how the drivetrain feels. I guess I am not like 'the most of us'

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    Looks cool, however since getting a road bike without gear indicators I find that I don't care what number gear I'm in, if it feels right then it is the right gear!

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    very cool, but Im with everyone else, numbers dont matter, pedal where it FEELS right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daven1986 View Post
    Looks cool, however since getting a road bike without gear indicators I find that I don't care what number gear I'm in, if it feels right then it is the right gear!
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    Yeah, I'm not sure why I care what gear I'm in. I'm either in a gear that feels right or not. If not, I shift.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
    Yeah, I'm not sure why I care what gear I'm in. I'm either in a gear that feels right or not. If not, I shift.
    Judging from these posts, the markings on the shifters indicating gears are pointless. However, curiously somehow the manufacturers find that there is some market for those. Otherwise, they could have lowered the cost of their products getting rid of those digits, pointer windows etc.

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    This is a great solution to a problem that doesn't exist.
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    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2_i View Post
    Judging from these posts, the markings on the shifters indicating gears are pointless. However, curiously somehow the manufacturers find that there is some market for those. Otherwise, they could have lowered the cost of their products getting rid of those digits, pointer windows etc.
    Yet another reason why the bicycle reached its peak in the late 1980s.
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    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    I think this is very cool.
    Useful? Maybe not for most people, but when riding in the dark I tend to every now and then put my hand above my diy dyno hub powered led front light in order to "reflect" some light on my handlebar in order to check what gear exactly I'm riding in.
    And on top of that I know how good it feels when one can see the result of a job well done. Congrats and thanks for sharing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    Yet another reason why the bicycle reached its peak in the late 1980s.
    I think you transposed a couple digits. Didn't bikes hit their peaks in the 1890s? Just thinking...
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    I think they're pretty cool. If I had shifters like that I'd love it if they lit up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by xizangstan View Post
    I think you transposed a couple digits. Didn't bikes hit their peaks in the 1890s? Just thinking...
    Indexed shifting was where bikes jumped the shark
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    I want to recant.... *If* I had shifters that had the numbers on them that could be lit up like this, it would be pretty cool.
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    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2_i View Post
    Judging from these posts, the markings on the shifters indicating gears are pointless. However, curiously somehow the manufacturers find that there is some market for those. Otherwise, they could have lowered the cost of their products getting rid of those digits, pointer windows etc.
    I would have preferred if they did leave them off and lowered the price.

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    for a while when night commuting I used to miss being able to visually confirm the rear gear I was in but soon became accustomed to riding without the info. I was thinking about some way to illuminate my derailers.
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    There's not a lot to light up on most bikes. Unlike a car. But I've wondered why bike manufacturers don't use reflective material for printing their logos and such, for the decals or stickers on the head tube, top tube and down tubes on bikes. It seems to me that being seen is a universal safety concern.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gear View Post
    I would have preferred if they did leave them off and lowered the price.
    Hmm... if there was some market for that, these would have been presumably available, like the comfort saddles. Instead we have additions that augment the gear info such as Ci-Deck and Dura-Ace in-line gear indicator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2_i View Post
    Hmm... if there was some market for that, these would have been presumably available, like the comfort saddles. Instead we have additions that augment the gear info such as Ci-Deck and Dura-Ace in-line gear indicator.
    I think its wrong to assume that everything on a bike is there because there is call for it from the market place. For instance, when was the last time you met a cyclist that wanted his bike plastered with the names of manufacturers, yet every bike produced comes covered with this crap.

    To a great extent the only choice a consumer gets is to purchase a product with ...... or go without the product altogether, so how do you know when consumers have chosen to go without a product altogether?

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    What if the thing gets wet and shorts out?, batteries Die?

    IG hubs are ideal, in this regard, ratio sequence is linear, and does not need lit windows.
    a 3 follows 2 preceded by 1, and so forth..
    lit windows is , as are the windows themselves, a gimmick .
    watch where you are going, instead.


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    It'd be cool if the illumination made you more visible. Having finally switched from contacts that wouldn't allow my eyes to focus on the gear indicators to glasses that will, my being able to read the numbers at night is a novelty now. And I use the helmet mounted light to illuminate the numbers, I can't be the only one doing that.

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