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Velo-News cover...Lance's left shifter?(6 posts)

Velo-News cover...Lance's left shifter?DT
May 8, 2001 10:31 PM
I got my newest Velo-News today, and immediately I noticed something odd...knowing that USPS is sponsored by Shimano, I wondered why Armstrong's left shifter (can't see his right one) had no gear cable coming out the side, kind of like a campie (ugh!) shifter. So, being the sleuth I am, I found some pics of the race at and confirmed what I saw. However, I was able to see his right one, and it had the gear cable coming out of it. What, did he ride the entire race in the big ring and opt to take the cable off to save a gram or two? Or does Shimano have a new left shifter out that I don't know about yet?
re: Velo-News cover...Lance's left shifter?MeDotOrg
May 8, 2001 10:36 PM
I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I seem to remember reading that Lance uses a down-tube shifter for the front deraillieur and index shifting for the rear cassette.
Left ShifterXeke
May 8, 2001 10:54 PM
Lance ran a down tube shifter for the front derailleur in every video and photo I've seen since the top of last season. His bike is occasionally minus a computer, too.
re: Velo-News cover...Lance's left shifter?Largo
May 9, 2001 6:11 AM
Didn't he just run down tube shifters on his climbing bike?
Downtube shifterixiz
May 9, 2001 6:26 AM
Downtube shifter saves some weight and its not used as often.
I do not have velonews - I assume The setup is with a downtube shifter.

DT shifter is also simpler one less thing to go wrong and the trim is much more accurate (especially if you have friction shift)
Downtube shiftermavic1010
May 9, 2001 10:12 AM
Lance was riding his superlight during the Amstel Gold. There were some steep hills, so maybe he thought taking the superlight out would give him an advantage. He runs a dura ace left lever, looks like model 7402 and a dura ace left downtube shifter...don't know if it's the older dura ace (pewter color) or the new 9 speed one (silver). I'm sure it won't make that much of a difference. What's interesting is that his superlight bike during the 2000 tour didn't have the model 7402 lever, it was the newer non sti shimano brake lever (the one with the shimano lettering on the lever)