More specifically, what alternatives are there to brifters other than downtube shifters and barcons?
I'm in the process of building a drop bar bike and I had planned on mounting DT shifters next to the hoods via Kelly Take Offs. I've found that Kelly has gone out of business for a second time and that kind of screws me over. I don't want brifters because of the expense and complexity. I don't want DT or barcons because I want the controls next to my hands.
Is there any other option?