I've been using "STI" shifters for quite a while and have found them to be reliable. The finesse piece is usually handled through cleaning and lubrication, with an occasional turn of the barrel adjuster. Just consider the convenience and safety of using the STI type shifters and you'll have made a good investment. Get some used ones from eBay and try them if you have doubts.
Fitness Minutes: (87,344) Posts: 1,828 3/6/12 8:37 P
Hey guys, thanks for the replies. I do wonder if they still have to be "finessed" like indexed mtb trigger shifters, though. Not that I'm shopping for a new rig or anything...at least, with my wife, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Some of our bike club members have older bikes with those shifters down on the tube...couldn't imagine doing my shifting this way! I'm surprised they ever thought this location and method of shifting was "do-able"...!
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Ka_Jun, First let me thank you for all the great posts you've submitted! Blessings to you. I remember a discussion I had at a bike shop I went to to look at lever (dual control) shifters. Was still using index shifters on the down tube... I was embarrassed, felt like I was still using kerosene lamps instead of electric. Didn't buy anything from them but learned that the rest of the biking world couldn't live without them. Sold that bike in favor of a used Trek 1000 with lever shifters. Took minutes to realize how easy it was to shift, and how often I'd shift if there was no need to remove my hand from the bars and reach down to shift. I was a changed man...... Several bikes since then but I assure you that you will not return to the dinosaur shifters.
Fitness Minutes: (87,344) Posts: 1,828 3/5/12 8:32 P
The last road bike I rode was my Dad's old '80s era Maruishi with old school friction stem shifters. My hardtail has trigger shifters and my utility rig is basically a flat bar rigid mountain bike that has grip shift.
So, out of curiosity, how hard is it to pick up integrated road shifters? Totally academic, of course.
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