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In Praise of Down Tube Shifters - Show Your DT Ride

Old 03-07-11, 11:19 PM
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In Praise of Down Tube Shifters - Show Your DT Ride

There are all sorts of threads on BF praising the advantages of upgrading your classic to brifters or switching to bar ends, but what about keeping the simple and efficient downtube shifters which were the favorite of countless pro cyclists for decades? Here's my DT ride - please share yours!
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Old 03-07-11, 11:27 PM
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Think I had some Shimano Arabesque on the Cooper here... have since switched to Zeus shifters to match the new Zeus centre pull brakes I added.
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Old 03-07-11, 11:30 PM
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I like this one a great deal!





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Hmm, let's see.. do I have any left? Oh yeah, this one:

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Here's one I have....

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The person I sold this bike to is probably not going to like that I posted a pic of his bike;but I have good memories of riding it, and this is my favorite photo.
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Yeah.... I have one of those. Even ride it once in a while:



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I like the simplicity of DT shifters, and the reach was never an issue, nor shifting.
Have two sets of Suntour Symmetrics, original and later style.



Here's a set of those Modolo Kronos weight wienie shifters...

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How about one of each?
These are my preferred bikes.
Circa 1988 Pinarello Catena Lusso - DT
1995 Specialized Allez Sport - brifters


As you can see by my sig there is no shortage of bikes at my house (some where around 25 bikes), but I picked this up to flip on Friday ('75 Raleigh Super Course MK II) but it may have found a home here. Looking at all the road bikes I own, only 3 have brifters.

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Hey, I've got one of those too! Hopefully soon I'll get to ride it outdoors.


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Brifters??!! Never!!!




My stash of retrofriction DT sifters for more C&V bikes to come in the future:


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Of all the features, on a vintage road bicycle, the last thing I would praise, is the down tube shifter. In fact, it is the ONE thing I hate about vintage road bicycles. Brifters, now there is something worthy of shifting my attention to.
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I think DT friction non-indexed shifters carry a sort of sophistication to it and reminds me of when I play my violin, an instrument that do not have frets on the fingerboard, like some other stringed instruments..........It's all feel and finesse and if you are used to it, comes naturally without even thinking of it....just like playing a violin.....

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Another excuse to post a pic? Why not. Down tube shifters forever!
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Here are two of mine....


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One with Suntour Symmetric, and one with Shimano shifters. I also have some Suntour power ratchets and a bike with Rivendell Silver ratchets, which are both awesome.
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I think this is it.....





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This is mine 47cm '88 Specialized Sirrus.
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77 Mixte w/ black DuraAce:



74 Moto GJ, recently upgraded from barcons to DT shifters:



And my Campy (Valentino) "Grupo"

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Not as impressive as already posted-I prefer DT over the BC and 'made it so'
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