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Why stem shifters?

Old 01-14-10, 12:20 PM
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Stem shifters did not only come on cheap bikes. My 1972 P-15 Paramount had a huge set of Schwinn lolipop stem shifters on it when I bought it. This shows as an option on the build sheet. I just couldn't get used to the look of them and converted it to Campy barends.
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I prefer stem shifters over downtube. They're more convenient for me. I'm also 6 feet tall. Maybe shorter people can reach the DT ones easier.
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Yes, and on my 21" frame, I can put my palm on my top tube and reach my downtube shifters with my fingers. Of course, my fingers are quite long in relation to the size of the frame.
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