Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: upstate NY
Bikes: Cannondale CAAD 10, Breezer Venturi Custom Build, IRO Singlespeed
Hi from upstate New York
I'm a fifty something once again bike owner/rider. I haven't really ridden for over 30 years, until purchasing a hybrid about a week ago. I'm having a blast riding on the aqueduct trail that runs through my town and pretty much the length of the county and on into New York City. The trail is a combination of hard pack dirt and loose gravel, with a few rocks and roots mixed in to keep things interesting. The bike I chose has fairly beefy tires, but not knobbys, so road riding is still an option. I'm really liking the bike, with one caveat...
The first question I asked the bike salesman was about the shifters. The bike has bar mounted twist type indexing shifters. The salesman assured me that the indexing shifters work great and always shifted the to gear indicated. I actually believed him....
My memory may be a little foggy, if not sentimental, but I don't recall ever having problems with my frame mounted friction shifters on my low end 70's era 10 speed road bike. I'm less than impressed with the indexing shifters on my current bike, especially the one controlling the front sprocket set. I'm seriously considering changing out the front index shifter for some kind of friction shifter replacement. Any comments would be most welcome. Thanks.