I've broken my addiction to twist-shifting; changed out the Tailwind's seven-year old Gripshifters (7.0) for SRAM SX5 trigger shifters. Definitely mid-range black plastic but they seem to work nicely with the old SRAM 7.0 RD and Shimano FD. No more click, click with each shift. I've lost the ability to trim the FD but that's not generally an issue with a long wheelbase 'bent.
I'm either a very lucky boy or I already had the derailleurs adjusted just right because both front and rear shifted correctly when I first hooked up the new shifters. Does this new gear mean that it is now easier to pretend that I am one of ".....the GC boys...." in the TDF? No way. It's a damn recumbent and I'm not getting any younger! (I did blast past a youngster on one of those ridiculous Schwinn Chopper things in a nearby neighborhood yesterday).