Or: "How I learned to love revo (twist) shifters this winter"
So, finally winter arrived in Helsinki. And by winter, I mean -20 and below. In this sorta cold only the best winter gear will do, when you're cycling 25 Km/h and have some wind against, too. And a pair of really warm and well-insulating gloves is essential, least you want to risk to have your thumbs amputated.
So, I have this nice pair of Yoko goretex gloves - they're hardcore winter gear. And I used to have this cheap (quasi-beater) singlespeed bike, that was perfect for winter commuting. Was, I said, because the rear hub broke in ways I'd not detail right now. So, I reverted to my MTB with Schwalbe Snowstuds. Nice thing, and it worked fine for winter, or so I thought. Except, I never rode it while wearing the abovementioned gloves.
Well, I've been accidentally shifting all over the place, and with the gloves it wasn't always easy shifting back. At a certain point I was totally furious! Those stupid levers were always in the way.
So, I tried riding a revo-shifter-equipped bike for a while, just to see if it worked better when having to use thick gloves, and yes, it worked great. Essentially, I don't need to shift gears when commuting to work, it keeps me in good shape and the hills aren't too bad. And it's good when I don't shift when I don't want to. And shift when I do. And that's exactly what the revo-shifters allowed me, regardless of my winter gear.
So, I used to despise them, but now I changed my mind. Revo-shifters for the winter cycling.