Swap down-tube shifters for combined brake ones?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by lemmy, 18 Apr 2010.

  1. palinurus

    palinurus Legendary Member

    Location:
    Watford
    At that price why not?

    Surprising what downtube shifters can fetch too.
     
  2. Hacienda71

    Hacienda71 Mancunian in self imposed exile in leafy Cheshire

    Location:
    Wilmslow, Cheshire
    I like friction/down tube shifters as you can trim them while riding.
     
  3. RecordAceFromNew

    RecordAceFromNew Swinging Member

    Location:
    West London
    Actually I think most Campag components that are 20+ years old are now appreciating in price over time, many doubled over the past 3 years, IME.
     
  4. nuovo_record

    nuovo_record Well-Known Member

    i was surprised too!
    i like the fact that i don't have to take my hands off the bars especially on a fast downhill, where i'd like to change gear
     
  5. g00se

    g00se Über Member

    Location:
    Norwich
    i think you can get replacement indexed downtube shifters too.
     
  6. jimboalee

    jimboalee New Member

    Location:
    Solihull
    I costed an upgrade to an old 531 steel framed bike.

    I wanted Shimano Tiagra 9 speed and a triple chainset.

    Bought a brand new Dawes Giro 500 instead.
     
  7. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    I'd say get the Holdsworth and see how it goes with the downtube shifters. That would be a seriously good £100 worth and a properly nice ride. And you'll be surprised how quickly the shifters become absolutely second nature. Basically, going STI is going to involve a lot of cost and hassle. Is it really worth it? I'd say no.
     
  8. nuovo_record

    nuovo_record Well-Known Member

    what model holdsworth out of interest?
     
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