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Use Old Friction Shifters? - nm(9 posts)

Use Old Friction Shifters? - nmSquishy
Jun 11, 2003 5:23 AM
If they ain't broke why fix em?dzrider
Jun 11, 2003 6:08 AM
I have some on my old Trek and still use them without difficulty.
Nah, convert to fixed gear ...Humma Hah
Jun 11, 2003 6:11 AM
... only half in jest. Come on over to the classic/retro forum and you'll fit right in. We don't mind friction shifters one little bit.
ynot? nmSteve_0
Jun 11, 2003 7:16 AM
You'd be foolish not to (nm)cory
Jun 11, 2003 7:54 AM
Of course.Fredrico
Jun 11, 2003 9:17 AM
Friction shifters are lighter, simpler, easier to maintain, and will outlast click shifters. I've never had to replace them on any of the bikes I've been riding for the last 18 years.

They'll work with any derailleur and casette system, although I wouldn't want to try and shift a 9 or 10 speed casette with them.

Above all, friction shifters allow you to feel the shift, as you feel the bike rolling down the road, the wind in your hair, the beauty of the natural world in which you are a participant. Bicycling is a manual activity, the bicycle an extension of the body. Friction shifters are more manual than clickers, and therefore more in the spirit of the whole activity.

Racers used to hate the clicking sound of click shifters. They'd give away your position in a line-up, and signal everybody that you were about to sprint.
re: Use Old Friction Shifters? - nmmapei boy
Jun 11, 2003 11:07 AM
The Campy Nuovo Record-Simplex Retro Friction Lever combo on my office bike is perhaps the smoothest, most sensuous mechanical system that I regularly come in contact with, but it's still a pain in the A compared to the Campy Chorus 10 speed on my main bike. When things get dicey - when the road surface gets sketchy, or traffic gets aggressive, or the road takes a sudden unexpected uphill tilt - friction shifters instantly lose their charm. It doesn't help that, no matter how tightly I turn the adjustment screws on the levers, a good pothole always triggers an unwanted upshift.
Digital vs. analog...I prefer analog...nmbicyclerepairman
Jun 11, 2003 11:46 AM
Digital vs. analog...I prefer analog...nmmapei boy
Jun 11, 2003 3:16 PM
Ah. You're an audiophile like me. I agree that vinyl is superior to CD. I also prefer tubes (sorry, valves) to trannies. But have you heard SACD? Suddenly the choice ain't so clear.