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How many of you can still friction shift?(19 posts)

How many of you can still friction shift?cory
Apr 10, 2002 2:55 PM
I don't mean how many still DO--how many of you even know what it IS, or have owned a bike that requires it?
Came up in a group ride the other day, and I was surprised that five of nine people had never tried it. Goddam punk kids.
re: How many of you can still friction shift?riney
Apr 10, 2002 7:02 PM
Still got two bikes w/friction on the tube. High flange hubs and stuff to...
of course my friendWoof the dog
Apr 10, 2002 7:17 PM
i do.

too sketchy for crits without sti though


Woof, the frictionated dog.
can't get simpler...Alexx
Apr 11, 2002 3:23 AM
...than the old Campy friction downtube levers on one of my bikes. Looks like they were hand-cut, probably of early '60's vintage. and they work perfectly with my old dura-ace derailleurs, too.
In my opinion, evenscottfree
Apr 11, 2002 4:26 AM
indexing downtube shifters is alarmingly trendy. Pure friction is so elegantly simple and precise that I've never been able to grasp why anyone thought they could or should 'improve' on it.
got severalRideLots
Apr 11, 2002 5:42 AM
I think I have about every shifting mechanism:

1980 Bianchi Rekord: downtube friction f/r
2000 Bianchi EV2: friction front (and sometimes no front shifting), STI rear
2002 Cervelo: bar end friction front, index/friction rear
2001 Colnago: Ergo f/r
2000 Bianchi Milano: thumb lever rear
KHS tandem: twist grip f/r
And, of course, Bianchi Pista: NO SHIFTING

I tried friction with the Dura Ace rear on the EV2, but neither the friction nor index mode on the downtube DA shifter would hold the chain in the largest cog.

I does take a moment to get straight what I'm doing each time on a different bike. Amazing how it comes back so quickly, though.

Yes, sonny, I remember the days when bikes had only 1 speed. We didn't have all those pansy-ass gears. We damn well had to climb a hill like a man! Punk kids. :-)
got severalpeloton
Apr 12, 2002 8:29 AM
You forget to add that all your rides were also uphill and into a headwind- Both ways!
and barefoot nmRideLots
Apr 12, 2002 10:22 AM
re: How many of you can still friction shift?Chen2
Apr 11, 2002 7:46 AM
My commuter is a 1980 Trek with downtube Shimano 600 friction shifters, they work great but one day I stuck my thumb into the front tire at 20 mph, OUCH!
Yes, that's a problemAlexx
Apr 11, 2002 4:24 PM
but, if you buy front tires that don't have much of a tread, at least your finger won't look like hamburger!
It felt like the end was ground off, but actually OK (nm)Chen2
Apr 12, 2002 8:05 AM
I sure I can ...Hap
Apr 11, 2002 8:07 AM
but I haven't for quit a while. My old Campy Nuevo Record worked like a dream and it's still mounted to an old steel frame with a accordian thing going for it (bad brush with a Buick). Although I haven't "friction shifted" for a long time, I sure I still can. It just like riding a bike, no?

still do on my cross bike--Suntour barcons w/Campy nmgtx
Apr 11, 2002 9:12 AM
Still have my old Schwinn LeTour & Varsity bikesShad
Apr 11, 2002 11:01 AM
"Schwinn Approved" isn't is fancy as Campy, but at least I know what you are talking about. Original stuff still works just fine. I'm 33, so don't know where the "generational cutoff" is.
re: How many of you can still friction shift?xxl
Apr 11, 2002 6:32 PM
What's "STI"?
LOL (nm)Chen2
Apr 12, 2002 8:07 AM
re: How many of you can still friction shift?laffeaux
Apr 12, 2002 8:46 AM
My Varsity was friction shift (but it's long gone), and I still own two MTBs that have thumbshifters. One is indexed (with a friction mode) and the other is friction only. I ride the non-indexed bike around town, but I'm not sure I'd like it on the trail - after ten years of clicking it's really hard to go back.
re: How many of you can still friction shift?Fignons_ponytail
Apr 14, 2002 4:44 PM
Nothing shifts like the Mavic/Simplex retrofrictions. Period. Still have a set on my old Bianchi and although ergo-10 is nice, there's just something about these shifters that I love...
re: How many of you can still friction shift?tanman
Apr 15, 2002 6:27 AM
Amen to that....

Sadly, I traded my set of Mavic/Simplex shifters for something that I can no longer recall. Probably the worst trade I've ever made.