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My first bike! Shifters on the down bar?

Old 10-06-10, 06:02 PM
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My first bike! Shifters on the down bar?

First off I want to thank everyone that have answered my other newbie post. Ya'll are fast! So i think i may have found my first bike, its a 1990 cannondale 12 spd with all shimano105 worken parts wolber wheels withshimano hubs. The shift levers are not on the break levers but instead on the down bar. I'm wondering if this will be undesirable or pose any problems. If i should have the shifters on the brake levers what will it take to convert it or, is this even possible? The bike is $300 and i figured that was a good intro price range for the sport. How do ya'll feel about this?
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Old 10-06-10, 06:05 PM
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Downtube shifters were the standard in 1990. As long as they are adjusted properly, they won't pose any problems.
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Ride it as is!
STI or Egro or Twistgrip levers are more complex/co$tly and achieve the same end result as your downtube levers.
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Don't worry about upgrading for a while, it's not really worth it unless everything else on the bike is 100% sorted out. I would upgrade the brakes, saddle, and tires first if anything.
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the bike choice will be between that and a 1998 LeMond Tourmalet. I think it has the shifters on the brake pedals. The person says it might need a tune. What do those usually cost?
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Originally Posted by woodystyle777 View Post
the bike choice will be between that and a 1998 LeMond Tourmalet. I think it has the shifters on the brake pedals. The person says it might need a tune. What do those usually cost?
Depends, $40 maybe? I've never had it done. The lemond may be a better bike for the same cost, just make sure which ever you buy is the right size.
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I ride a '88 Cannondale with downtube shifters. It's not a problem. You will get used to it and really, how much shifting do you expect to do. Once you ride more and find you want to upgrade, just upgrade the whole bike.

I agree with looking at changing out tires, brake pads and seat as well as the bar tape.
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Originally Posted by woodystyle777 View Post
the bike choice will be between that and a 1998 LeMond Tourmalet. I think it has the shifters on the brake pedals. The person says it might need a tune. What do those usually cost?
It doesn't have the shifters on the brake pedals, because the bike doesn't have brake pedals, and if it did, and they had shifters on them, you couldn't reach them to shift. Could you mean brake LEVERS? I don't like those, either, but a lot of people do.
Millions of us, for decades, used downtube shifters with no problems. Some people still like them. You could "upgrade" (really it's just a change, not much of an upgrade) to barcon shifters pretty easily, for about $75 new or much less if you find an old bike to cannibalize at a thrift shop. Barcons plug into the ends of the handlebars--I have them on a couple of bikes and like them a lot. But ride the dowtube shifters awhile and see if you get used to them. They're light, efficient and trouble-free forever.
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Old 10-06-10, 09:47 PM
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Try and find a 2010 Specialized Allez Steel. At least you'd have a warranty and all new parts. You can find them on close-out for $600 or so.
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It'll cost more for brifters than the whole bike did. Keep the down tube shifters.

The only problem they might pose, is that you can't shift as quickly as you can with brifters ... mainly because your hand isn't already there. Unless you're in a race where every second counts, this isn't much of a problem. It can be inconvenient, but the way you'll probably deal with that inconvenience is to pay attention to the road coming up, and to know in advance when you'll want to shift. Which is a good idea anyway...

Oh! One more problem down tube shifters will cause - some people with really expensive gear might not wave at you on rides. If you really want to see this, put some panniers on your frame, and post in the commuter forum.
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$300 is too much for that bike, at least in my market. Good luck.
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Originally Posted by Phantoj View Post
$300 is too much for that bike, at least in my market. Good luck.
Depends on condition. A road bike that's actually ready to roll with gears is worth $300. Most of what you see on CL will have something horribly wrong with it (rotten tires, rims way off true, brakes not worth having, worn out bearings, etc).
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