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Abandoned Bianchi Experiment -- Brifter Strung to Downtube Shifter

Old 07-26-11, 07:38 PM
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Abandoned Bianchi Experiment -- Brifter Strung to Downtube Shifter

My brother found this little Bianchi a week ago at a garage sale, and it is now in my hands. Apparently it was a project that never gathered steam. Some kind of weird (probably drug and/or alcohol induced) plan to string some tired Shimano 105 brifters to already mounted downtube shifters. The drive side lacing of the brifter to the DT shifter revealed a serious lack of tension at the shifter. Also odd that the rear brake was laced to the left lever. DT cable housing stops obviously never occurred to the experimenter, who is likely to become a member of Congress in the future.

This was entirely a mess. After I got it I did the merciful thing of stripping off all of the components.



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Old 07-26-11, 07:58 PM
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That's pretty funny, and sad.
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Old 07-26-11, 08:01 PM
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Sadder still, they were likely trying to use the DT shifter as a parking brake!
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I love the Shimano 110BCD BMX chainring.



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He should have cut the excess off of the dt shifter handle for better aerodynamics.
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I love the Shimano 110BCD BMX chainring.



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The chainring is actually a Suntour 45T job, mounted on a Sakae XCE crank.
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And a Suntour V-GT Luxe?
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And a Suntour V-GT Luxe?
Good eyes! Yup, that's what it is. If the mad scientist could've got it all together at least the RD would function well.
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Nothing to be said about the shifter setup, but I also operate the rear brake from the left lever and the front from the right. This makes more sense to me as the right lever on a motorcycle is also the front brake, and as most of your stopping power is in the front, it can free up your left arm to signal when need be. (Edit: and actually, Sheldon did it that way as well.)
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Originally Posted by BlankCrows View Post
The chainring is actually a Suntour 45T job, mounted on a Sakae XCE crank.
Looks like a near dead-ringer. I'll post a photo of mine.

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I'll take that BMX chainring if you'd like to get rid of it. Would look sweet on my single speed beater.
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Early prototype velo overdrive system?
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