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Old 01-30-16, 06:50 PM
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shifter experiment

I was wanting to give some bar end shifters a try but they're a little more money than I can spend right now, so I thought maybe there's another way. These are friction thumb shifters. I wasn't sure how well this would work but I really like it. There's enough space for me to rest my hand on the bars and I can shift with my fingers. It's nice being able to work the shifters with both hands on the bars. I may have to switch my other bikes to this. :-) I just put the old bar tape back on, I'm not sure exactly how I'll wrap it when I set it up more permanently.

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Never tried this, I would have gone for stem shifters if I was trying this out, I have one bike with them. Looking at it although without trying it out I would have thought the shifters should have been reveresed so the shifter lever was facing foward & thefore more accessible when you are on the handlebars ???
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Have you considered bar-end shifter pods? These allow you to install any standard friction shifter as a bar-end shifter:

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This bike originally had stem shifters but I don't care for them too much. I do have a bike with downtube shifters and again, I don't care for them much either. I was surprised how comfortable this setup worked out to be. I'm sure it wouldn't be for everyone though. I've seen people do something similar with thumb shifters but they either mount them on top, right on either side of the stem or down close to the brake levers but neither seemed comfortable to me, so I tried this. I already had these so, it didn't cost anything to try it. I'll have to figure out a good way to wrap the bar tape.
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This trick of mounting either thumb or other shifters to the sides of the bars at various locations is an old one. My high school friend did this back in 1974. But like most attempts as soon as he could afford a better arrangement he did. Andy.
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Hey, I like this idea. May have to give it a try.

And of course who can't resist a good Chianti stopper for a bar end plug? Wine anyone?

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