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Old 01-31-15, 03:27 AM
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I removed the 105 STI group that came on my Torelli and went 7700 indexed downtube group. All of my bikes are either friction or indexed downtube shifted except for a thumb indexed shifted Trek 850 MTB. Am I in?
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Old 01-31-15, 03:34 AM
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I, Tihabanero, do hereby petition the ABC Board of Admissions for entry into the ABC club.

Working weekends at a bike shop requires me to sell bikes with brifters and actually test ride them on occasion (I hate the experience, but it is a mandated part of the job). Hopefully my record of being in the bike biz since 1984 and having never given in to marketing pressure to own a bike with brifters or an indexed shift road bike affords me a grant of clemency by the ABC Court of Appeals for having to ride bikes occasionally, as required by my employer, as to afford me membership to the club.

Eternally grateful and always with humbling humility,

Tihabanero.
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Old 01-31-15, 03:37 AM
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I'm a brifter of both time and space, to be where I've been.
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Old 01-31-15, 04:01 AM
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Count me among the supporters. I have never owned a brifter or any sort, not even in a parts bin. Although I haven't owned a bike that isn't fixed-gear since my sweet Basso got murderated in a nasty head-on collision. But you can count on me to return to downtube shifters and freewheel cogsets when I feel the need to have multiple gears.

Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
I am sure there is a supreme court ruling against this degree of prejudice. accepting gripshifts but not brifters? How can this be justified other than hate.
I agree that gripshift should be forbidden. Since there are so many different shifting mechanisms out there, if you include all the stuff that predates downtube shifters, I propose the following weed-out criterion: If you can shift gears without removing a hand completely from the handlebars to do so, then you cannot join.

Originally Posted by David Newton View Post
Neither of my bikes have brifters OR shifters. I'm single speed all the way.
You weaklings with multiple gears can't join MY club!
Post back when you get the leg strength to brake a fixed-gear. Single-speeds are the training wheels of one-cog bicycles.
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Old 01-31-15, 06:13 AM
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Originally Posted by gaucho777 View Post
Et tu rootboy? Or are you just repeating the Groucho quote? I had you pegged you as one of the brifter-less.
I barely know what a brifter is. Never held or tried one, and don't own any.
Just making my small comment on "clubs".

I'm not a join-er.
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Old 01-31-15, 06:39 AM
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Brifters only work for me on my CX bike. I don't want to take a hand off the bars while bouncing down a trail in the trees. I've got Ultegra on my Kona JTS and they're fantastic. Do people actually put them on C&V bikes? Odd thread for this forum. Who hates carbon?
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Old 01-31-15, 07:56 AM
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One word: Shimergo
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Old 01-31-15, 08:24 AM
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Remember "Under the Boardwalk" by the Brifters?



They were great on my Hi-Fi, but ain't no way I want them sittin' on my handlebars!
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Old 01-31-15, 08:40 AM
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I'm unfamiliar with these "brifters." Does it have anything to do with this? http://www.colasanti.com/ESW/Images/...ed_Chicken.png

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Old 01-31-15, 08:42 AM
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It sounds like there are a lot of brifter sets sitting in parts bins. Just send them to me! I am converting all of my C&V bikes to STI. And no, I do not want to join your cute little club.
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Old 01-31-15, 08:43 AM
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And I am putting carbon parts on them, too!!
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Old 01-31-15, 08:52 AM
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[h=1]I Don’t Want to Belong to Any Club That Will Accept Me as a Member.[/h]
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Old 01-31-15, 08:59 AM
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I proudly own many bikes with "brifters" and will sit over here in the corner by myself. I will say, however, that I was recently riding one of these bikes after a couple of rides on my older bike and I "air shifted" by reaching for the down tube. Are you happy now?
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Old 01-31-15, 09:03 AM
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Wish I could join but my hands go sideways down the highways...
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Old 01-31-15, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Bledfor Days View Post
Who hates carbon?
I hate carbon! But I love hi-jacking discussion threads.
- yep I've got Shimano Ultegra 8-spd STI on a Schwinn Paramount that was sold with 7-spd DT.

No carbon though - carbon is the devil. Brifters only rank as minor satanic minions compared to carbon.
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Old 01-31-15, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by gaucho777 View Post
The Anti-Brifter Club is seeking new members! Do you currently own a bike with brifters--STIs, Ergos and such? If yes...sorry. You are not welcome. Does the 1' reach from the drops to the down tube seem a trivial distance? Do you appreciate the beauty of an unencumbered brake lever? Do you have to take your hands off the hoods to shift? Yes, yes, yes? Good. You are not alone. Come ride with us.
Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
You have hands on your feet? Do you ever have to replace them? Or do you go back and pick them up?
Not exactly
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Old 01-31-15, 11:22 AM
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Well C&V - AB clubbers, might need to rewrite the rules for a two-speed kickback, coaster brake.
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Old 01-31-15, 11:27 AM
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I used to belong to your club. Many years ago. Since then I've joined a club that welcomes all.
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Old 01-31-15, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by BillBraskey View Post
Post back when you get the leg strength to brake a fixed-gear. Single-speeds are the training wheels of one-cog bicycles.
Post back when you're 57, have had 3 scopes and require knee replacement. Lots of leg strength left, just an absence of cartilage. I used to believe that fixed was good for the knees but now I'm not that sure.
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Fine. I'm gonna start the Pro Brifter Club.
Same rules but opposite everything!
And guess what! members of the PBC get a free pretend club kit too!
So what do you think of those apples, you anti brifters?
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Old 01-31-15, 12:09 PM
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They might not have any problems but I bet you couldn't keep up, esp with that front shifter....

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BTW: Mr. IGH, these road warriors look rather intimidating. Your group would probably be weeping miles behind them.
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Old 01-31-15, 12:23 PM
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^Hah, you're absolutely correct. Not a chance for me hanging with them or team CF! Anyhow, the above depiction show rod lever shifters, friction but work well. Even more simple and with rapid shift is an index version. This set-up and adjustment is a bit crude and temperamental but once dialed is excellent.

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Old 01-31-15, 02:50 PM
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Oh the shame! Life is hell. The evil one made me do it. I sold my soul to Satan. My tears don't lie. I took the DT shifters off a classic Trek 520 touring bike & installed the eeeeeeevil brifters! Sorry I can't join you comrades. Brave on without me. Carry the battle on to the end.
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Old 01-31-15, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by clubman View Post
Post back when you're 57, have had 3 scopes and require knee replacement. Lots of leg strength left, just an absence of cartilage. I used to believe that fixed was good for the knees but now I'm not that sure.
you would still need surgery if you had gears, because you would have been mashing large gears like eveyone else.
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Old 01-31-15, 03:04 PM
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Five Schwinns, all with down tube shifters; 2 indexed, 3 friction.
But I'm not a joiner.
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