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Old 08-24-05, 02:12 PM   #76
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Slide....LOL. Welcome to cycling where "everyone" spends more than they should and more than they intended to. Cycling can sometimes be a pouty, demanding mistress but when she's undulating beneath you, she always seems worth it at the time. 8-)
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I am vindicated! Almost forgot about my old Stumpjumper with Suntour XT friction
shifters on the handlebars. That's my rest day(s) bike.

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Mountain bike, up on the hills, temperature drops to below freezing,hands are cold because the gloves aren't insulated, Thumbs and fingers are? Well are they still there cos you haven't felt them since they went numb. -- That when XT friction shifters come into their own, The fingers that dont work have a problem with Rapid Fire shifters, but some part of the hand will still move that outdated, useless friction shifter.
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Slide.....I have barends on two bikes and like them. One set is indexed, one not. They are more easily accessible because they are closer to normal hand positions.
I presume your normal hand position is down on the drops. I can't remember the last time I rode on the drops. My hands are usually on the brake hoods or on either side of the stem. To each his own.
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Old 08-24-05, 06:28 PM   #79
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I spend about half the time on drops and half on hoods. Like anything else, sliding hands down from the hoods to the barends becomes second nature. Perhaps most shifting "issues" or loyalties really reflect what we best know. I plan on a new bike next year which will most probably be STI. Which I will probably also like. Being an olde farte, I like to sometimes hang on to that part of cycling which reminds me when I was younger, faster, and full of p.&v. Hence the Mavic/Superbe/Simplex dt mid 80's criterium style bike. LOL.
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Slide....LOL. Welcome to cycling where "everyone" spends more than they should and more than they intended to. Cycling can sometimes be a pouty, demanding mistress but when she's undulating beneath you, she always seems worth it at the time. 8-)
GG - I only fret about the extra money spent (and it was a brutal amount for me) when I'm not riding AND I can't see my bike. I think me and bike are going to get along really well.

I was concerned about riding the bike to work today because I had a vision of getting a flat which would make me late for a critical meeting. I got there ok and had the meeting. Then at about 1000h, I went back to my office where my bike has its own wall to lean up against. I noted the front tire, the one which concerned me, was flat. But the bike got me to the office on time and THEN went flat when it didn't matter. A quick new tube insert in the comfort of my office, and I'm off again.

To me, bike went that extra mile in effort. Maybe I'm silly, but that's me.
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