Cycling in Sydney Australia
Just this morning when laying in bed (on holiday mind) listening to the rain it got me to thinking about the days of my youth when I didn't seem to be always worried about and at the bike shop having my gears adjusted. It got me to thinking why? and then I remembered.
Then I started thinking 'was there anything really wrong with them?' though I do remember when I saw index gears for the first time and thinking how trick where they, however speaking personally and if I'm honest I do spend a bit of my attention when riding listening to the changes and thinking was it smooth enough? does it need seeing to 'again'? could it be better ?and I too pedantic and going mad?.
Now however I'm not so sure. I mean I recall my old ten speed with its friction gears and not having any major problems using them, other than thinking how good it would be not having to take my hands from the bars to change gear,which is how I broke my Collar bone in 1991. I saw a video of some that are mounted to the brakes and no can't find them again. Yet.
Does anyone else think or feel this way or am I in my head too much and or is this index stuff just a thing we're told to like because of the 'Tour'?
I think I might have to look into this further I feel an attack of the retro's coming on.
No one tell my wife
pfft, friction gear can be soooo cheap from the right places. no need hide it from the wife.
Another thread on Retroshift below.
I have Kelly Take Offs which are also near the brakes but can be operated both the hoods and drops.
Friction gears are fine for the front derailleur. Once you get over 7 gears at the rear it starts to get hard