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Old 10-22-17, 05:00 AM
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IslandTimePE
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Originally Posted by John E View Post
Get SunTour thumbies and operate in friction mode. That's what I do on my mountain bike.

Would barcons be a suitable option for you?

As you are seeing, nothing compares to the simplicity and robustness of friction shift, and once you get used to it, indexing does not offer any tangible benefit.
Have never tried barcons. It's been a while since I've consistently ridden a bike with drops. Although it appears to be counter to the experience of most people, flat bars just seem to work for me. With bar ends and using the brifters/brake levers as a third hand position (on smoother surfaces) I can ride for hours without discomfort.

Will search for some SunTours.
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