Friday, August 20, 2010
I'm having issues with Vivian, my main commuter, a '92 Bridgestone XO-2. It has bar end shifters and despite two years of nearly daily riding, I have yet to get used to them. I bump them, hit them, knock them around and I generally just can't stand them. The X0-2 originally came with thumb shifters and I'm not at all interested in those. I have the original mustache bars on the bike which I like OK, but I wouldn't shed a tear to switch to drops or something else.
The fact of the matter with this is bike is that I shift it about one time every six months, literally. Well, I take that back. I'm not counting the 5,387 times a week I knock the shifters around. I *intentionally* shift about once every six months. My commute is very flat and aside from occasional meetings downtown, which is also a pretty flat ride, that's all the territory this bike sees.
I'm thinking of maybe stem shifters. Seems like they are inexpensive, easy to install and would work with my current bars or most any other. I'd change out the stem if I go this way, something I've been planning to do for awhile anyway. The stem that's on her isn't exactly a looker.
Anyone have any thoughts or advice?