Grumpy Old Bugga
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
Bikes: Europa, Hillbrick, Road Chief, Repco Superlite (Ol' Rusty)
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Bar end shifter to clamp mount?
With the Sturmey Archer S3X (3 speed fixed) hub coming soon, I'm thinking about shifters. As far as I'm aware, there are two options, the tradtional trigger or a bar end shifter.
I know a lot of you use bar ends and like them, so I'm fine with the idea of a bar end shifter, but it is a little exposed. This got me thinking about down tube shifters. I know that they are little more inconvenient than bar ends or something mounted on the bars but I have used them in recent memory and didn't suffer too badly - to be honest, I leapt at the chance of brifters but wasn't interested in bar ends.
The thing is, I don't imagine I'll be changing gears very often on a 3 speed, fixed hub so the 'inconvenience' of a down tube shifter would balance the 'exposed nature' of the bar end.
I seem to remember a few years back, a bracket that took your bar end shifter and mounted it on your handlebars (rather than shoved in the end). Anyone know of these? The next issue would be whether the strap goes around a down tube.
Incidentally, the Europa doesn't have brazed on mounts so I need a clamp on the down tube anyway.
The alternative is to mount the Sturmey Archer trigger down there ... but although they're cute and traditional and all, they don't look all that good.