Author Topic: A random thread for cycling things that don't really warrant their own thread  (Read 20172 times)

Cudzoziemiec

  • Dormant but requires tea
I'm not sure what sort of STI levers you have that require the lever to be pushed outwards. I only know ones where both levers push inwards, but clearly there are various types I'm not familiar with. In terms of twist grips, I had a SRAM twistgrip for several years on a flat-barred bike and it had two problems: when new it was crisp and easy to use but over time, the internal gubbins wore away and it became rather imprecise in action; and more significantly for you, it did put load on the joint of the thumb and palm. I'd have thought down-tube levers, or maybe bar ends, would be better in your case. But it sounds worth experimenting with different shifting systems to find what works for you.
At some point in the ride, you might find yourself in Osaka with Spanish speakers where you had expected Edinburgh talking Greek. This does not mean you are lost, or even off route.

I'm not sure what sort of STI levers you have that require the lever to be pushed outwards. I only know ones where both levers push inwards, but clearly there are various types I'm not familiar with. In terms of twist grips, I had a SRAM twistgrip for several years on a flat-barred bike and it had two problems: when new it was crisp and easy to use but over time, the internal gubbins wore away and it became rather imprecise in action; and more significantly for you, it did put load on the joint of the thumb and palm. I'd have thought down-tube levers, or maybe bar ends, would be better in your case. But it sounds worth experimenting with different shifting systems to find what works for you.

I was thinking the other night "got that wrong!" but the STI ones that I have (and that even though they're old work very sweetly) have the brake lever that moves to pull the cable and a parallel lever underneath (or inside if you like) that releases it. I think it must be the inside lever that plays havoc with my thumb but since I am not using them (although the levers are still on the 992, just operating the brakes!) and the bike is on the rack for the winter I am not going to go out and check it.
3kms with the Alfin bike tonight riding back from dropping off a company car and I felt every minute of it with the shifters. This is on flat bars so the only other option to me looks to be twistgrip. They're cheap as well.
Both the dérailleur drop bar bikes are on downtube shifters, indexed on the Gitane and friction on the 992. As Brucey has remarked, modern sprocket profiles and shifting technology make dt levers a joy compared to what they were in my youth (but indexed is the top, even with my cheap Sunrace levers).

 :D  How to save all up weight.  I love a cafe stop.  However I have a bad habit of just throwing the change from the tea and cake into my bike bag.   After the holidays (I take the Ti mugs even to a hotel with an electric kettle so we can always have tea in our room) I was putting stuff back and thought I would just tidy my bag.  Change ammounting to 300grm was removed from the bag,  proably worth 10's of pounds sterling of weight saving TI bits for a Brompton as well as paying for several weeks of tea and cake.

Cudzoziemiec

  • Dormant but requires tea
Locking my bike up outside a friend's house, she pointed out to me that my lights were on.
"That's okay, it's just the standlight. They'll turn themselves off in a minute."
"Do your lights call the ambulance if you fall off?"
" ???"
"My foster son's just spent a year choosing some bike lights – he's had the bike five years and I don't think he's ridden it yet – and he's chosen some lights with a built-in alarm that calls 999 if he falls off."
" ::-)"

(foster son is about 35 and no he's not an expeditioner in remote places)
At some point in the ride, you might find yourself in Osaka with Spanish speakers where you had expected Edinburgh talking Greek. This does not mean you are lost, or even off route.

Kim

  • Timelord
I'd heard that those were a thing.  From the people who keep bringing us bike indicators.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...