I started riding less than 2 years ago (from barely being able to ride around the block).
During the winter, I bought a road bike (Jamis). I like riding this bike because I can go a little faster and I have gotten comfortable with it, except that the shifters are never very good. When it's at its worst, it will pop out of gear going uphill (big trouble - old weak rider going downhill without any gears ...).
The LBS was able to adjust this so that it works much better, but I still get sticky shifting sometimes and have to shift to high range then back down to get it right.
Anyway, my questions are:
Can I have the shifting hardware replaced at the LBS (I think they are competent and reasonable) - and would it be worth it if my total budget for this is less than $200?
I read a bunch of reviews of this bike after having a series of 'shifty' rides and this is a common complaint. The ones who wrote the reviews seem to know a lot more about bikes than I do - but that could still be BS for all I know.
I haven't felt that the brakes perform poorly and haven't broken any spokes (other common complaints in the reviews).
What shifters should I get as replacements?
Thanks for any help and advice.