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Old 04-13-23, 09:25 PM
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Friction Shifter at Stem Quick Release

I modified a Sun Race friction shifter to mount at the stem height quick release bolt… The handlebars can go up and down and the shifter stays in the same place… This position reduces cable length and results in crisp shifting… It also frees up handlebar space…

The Sun Race shifter cost less than $10…:Typically these are thumb shifters… To mount it at the QR bolt, I used tin snips to trim the attachment bands and drilled one hole for the QR bolt to pass through… The opposite side of the band is slotted and fit at the barrel bolt on the QR lever side… Time invested: 15 minutes…

I’m running a Campy drivetrain on my Zizzo Liberte so I also modified the metal shift lever to accept a Campy rubber shifter cover and used a similar Campy lever pressure wing bolt… Nice to have a goor friction shifter that is good looking and works great…










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A picture where you actually step BACK from the bike, showing the whole shebang, would be greatly appreciated,...
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Zizzo Liberte’, primarily a bike for traveling and exploring after we have driven there in a car… Here I am out on a local ride to the State Park…

The look last summer… 20 x 2.4 tires…

What it looked like a few days ago…

Phil front hub, Box brakes, Campy Athena crank, Double sided pedals, Campy Record RD…
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That bike is amazingly clean!
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Wonderful!!! Enjoy the riding sir!!!
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Wow - I've never seen a Zizzo so thoughtfully built up. Looks great with the Phil hubs and Box brakes and Brooks saddle. I'd love to see a photo showing the whole bike with your new friction shifter placement. Thanks for sharing.
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Those are the stock Zizzo rims that I wet sanded off all the black paint before having the new hubs laced…
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Originally Posted by univega.duder
I'd love to see a photo showing the whole bike...


Finally, a dry day for a few photos…


I’ve thinned down my herd of bikes to this Zizzo, my 1970 Peugeot PX-10 single speed, and our 1992 Ibis tandem… My bases are covered…


The drop bars with the Cinelli extensions offer better hand positions than the stock flat bars, even with Ergo style handgrips…


The height adjustable stem makes changing from a more upright, flat town cruiser position to a dropped down, go-fast, beat the wind fast bike…


The Cinelli bars have small finger hooks that offer a nice lightly locked in, over the stem grip… I find myself with my second finger on the hook with my index finger on the orange pads…


Campy drivetrain… The chainguard ring is a 53 tooth chainring with the teeth ground and sanded off…Schwalbe 1.5” Marathons… Folding pedals…

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The bike looks great! I’m also modifying a Zizzo Liberte but need it to fold as well as the stock version. How well does your bike fold with the drop bars? Can you provide a picture? Thanks.
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Rarely fold it… We only do that when we put our matching pair in the Subaru… Even with the drop bars and Cinelli extension, it gets small enough… The folding pedals really help makes it more compact…

Unfolded, the Zizzo is just plain fun…!!!… Light, nimble, quick… Perfect for a daily driver in our flat, small, seaside town with close to zero traffic… When we go out of town to explore towns and cities, the lightness and nimbleness are really appreciated…

Ill get a folded picture later today…
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Your ZiZZO Liberté mods are very impressive!
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Bicycle fully-folded with drop-bars:








With a Tern Loader2 cargo rack that I added later, that handlebar-fold isn't compatible. The bicycle still folds at the frame, though, and still fits in the cargo-hold of every car I've needed it to.
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