Re: Friction shifting Vs Index
"maxo" <maxo@NOSPAMhome.se> wrote in message
> On Tue, 28 Sep 2004 01:16:27 +0000, Fx199 wrote:
> > I have bikes that have both.
> > Often an index shifter will be vauge or ratchet, whereas with my
> > shifter I can always get it just right. Might sound crazy but does
> > PREFER friction??
> Index is great, I'm especially taken with bikes that have internal hub
> gearing and indexing--totally lets you focus on the road.
> My road bike is friction because I like the simplicity of it and the
> virtually silent shifting. The reliability is a huge plus. I do use a
> modern cassette and chain, which helps shifting enormously.
Yes, but modern cassettes are designed to shift easily, making them more
prone to unintended shifts if not perfectly centered.
> Being able to
> get replacement parts for a couple bucks is nice.
Other than "brifters", index shifting parts are pretty cheap these days.
The difference between a friction-only DT shifter and an indexed/friction
selectable one is trivial.
> I ride alone and do ride
> fast, but if I miss one out of a hundred shifts, it's not going to kill
> to adjust the lever--I'm not in that much of a hurry.
It may bite you if you're standing and your chain skips.