Insane Bicycle Mechanic
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: other Vancouver
I currently have Shimano Rapidfire "trigger" shifters and friction bar-cons on my recumbents. I've used both SRAM and GripShift twist-grip shifters and Shimano indexed bar-cons. So far I haven't built a recumbent around an old Sturmey-Archer 3-speed hub, but that may be next month's project.
So far my favorite has been the Shimano indexed bar-cons, with the Rapidfires a close second. The Rapidfire shifters have a gear indicator on the shifter that makes knowing what gear you're in a cinch. (It's also an ego boost when you see that you're in the big chainring and the little cog. I did this in today's time trial- with the wind, though.) Switching to Shimano indexing will probably require replacing the whole drivetrain, so if what you have works, why replace it?
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