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starting the OFFICIAL downtube shifters club.

Old 12-27-07, 05:41 PM
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starting the OFFICIAL downtube shifters club.

...because this joke never gets old.

So who is still running downtubes in 2007-nearly-2008?

Here are my reasons:
  1. lighter
  2. cheaper
  3. better protected in a crash
  4. choice of brake levers (many light/affordable options there too)
  5. can up or downshift several gears at a time easily
  6. cleaner looking
  7. grouchier

Yes, there are times when I think being able to shift from the hoods or drops would be nice but since I'm not a racer and rarely ride in groups downtubes work fine for me. For my build in progress they are helping me afford the DA/Ultegra 10 drivetrain that would otherwise be out of reach.

Any other nut cases out there?
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Old 12-27-07, 05:46 PM
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Can I be an honorary member? I took them off of my Schwinn to convert it to SS, but I still think downtube shifting is a lot more fun than riding STI/Ergo in many ways. It's so natural/organic/direct/awesome. Not to mention installation and tuning is practically painless.
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Old 12-27-07, 05:58 PM
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Wow, an exotic club I can actually join.
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I've got a set on my commuter bike.
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Can I join if mine are curved, or is the club for straights only?

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I'm in.

I still sport DT on my commuter (Suntour Cyclone).
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Originally Posted by the beef View Post
It's so natural/organic/direct/awesome.
funny...that's what we used to say about STI when it came out.

For the record I ran DT sifters for many, many years. Ionly really changed in the last 5 years or so. Still have them downstairs collecting dust.

I won't ever go back...intentionally.
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Can a poor roadie like me join? My left brifter broke and I'm using a downtube shifter for just the left side/front derailer.
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Originally Posted by DieselDan View Post
Can a poor roadie like me join? My left brifter broke and I'm using a downtube shifter for just the left side/front derailer.
Jan would approve.

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I find it interesting that most of the posters here I usually see in the ssfg forum.
What about bar end shifters.
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Originally Posted by abeyance View Post
I find it interesting that most of the posters here I usually see in the ssfg forum.
What about bar end shifters.
Downtube shifters are for hipsters. Bar ends are for Rivendorks.
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Dura-ace downtube on an aluminium Vitus.
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I'm in, got them on the new commuter I bought (new for me anyway). Still needs a bit of work but so looking forward to getting out there and shifting like it's 1999
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I had downtubes on the peugeot I sold, and I have them on my new to me Trek. I might want to swap them out for bar ends though. Hmmmmm...
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I put downtube shifters on the commuter bike I built up last winter, and I love them. I grew up riding w/ DT shifters but switched to STIs about 7 years ago. DTs are fun to ride with -- sort of like driving a car with a stick shift -- but are more challenging on group rides. I don't shift as often with my DT bike, but on group rides that can be difficult because you're often either in the wrong gear or it's hard to hold a line if you're trying to shift all the time. DTs are also very durable and much less expensive to buy than STIs, and if 9-speed Shimano ever gets ridiculously expensive and/or hard to find, I will probably switch all of my bikes to DTs. Anyone got any 9-speed Dura-Ace or Ultegra DT shifters (or bar end) they want to get rid of?
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Old 12-27-07, 06:56 PM
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Downtube x2:

Campagnolo Super Record on my Gazelle.
Shimano 105 Golden Arrow
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I have a Zinn with downtube shifters, built that way for the previous owner. I think he wanted a retro-looking bike, as seen in the Red Zinger Classic era. I like the retro look, but also like the simplicity and practicality. IIRC, at least one of Lance Armstrong's TdF TT bikes was made with a DT shifter for the front DR, as the courses were not likely to require much shifting of the front chainring. Just as with Jan's bike pictured above, such a set-up keeps things mechanically simple and saves weight.
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Originally Posted by fiorano View Post
Can I join if mine are curved, or is the club for straights only?



Yeah, I'd like to know that too.





~btw, I love your Gios man. Gios + DT shifters + chrome fork =
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I have them on 4 bikes...

Pinarello Montello
Waterford 2200
Vetta SL
Dave Moulton Fuso

Will eventually also have them on the Tommasini

Love 'em.

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On my vintage ride - and friction, too.
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Ditto on vintage ride friction downtube shifting. It's the sort of errand/beater/normal clothes bike... off to drinks or dinner, and occasional commuting, my nearly 30 year old Schwinn CroMoly rocks the DTs. Toe clips too... along with a Brooks that I'm not sure I like, but looks spot on
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I've got one left in the fleet. I'm the original owner, original paint and gruppo. Plan to race it next year at least once if I can get it re-built.
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Hi, I have them on my Holdsworth Record, and my wife has them on her Miyata.
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What a coincidence, I was just taking a break from tweaking with my new Dura Ace DT shifters. I installed them last week and have put about 80 miles on them over the holiday weekend. The more I get used to them, the more that I appreciate them.

It's mated to a new XTR cassette/XTR Shadow RD for winter solo riding. 11-34t and a stronglight pulsion activ link ti up front. I am waiting for my order of Campy Carbon brake levers from Universal Cycles.

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