The proper use of stem shifters

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The proper use of stem shifters

Postby ldrcycles » Wed May 08, 2013 7:04 pm

I restored an early 80s National Matsushita Electric (later known as Panasonic) 'Sport 10' for a mate a few months back, and fitted stem shifters as he was using it for commuting where he was used to an upright mtb, and well they were what I happened to have lying around.

He popped up a video today of his commute, and while the camera was pointed too low to capture any scenery, the gear changing made me laugh out loud, just flick flick flick! (and expert use of the stem mounted bell at 10:58 :D ). I'm just really getting a kick out of seeing someone enjoying a bike that I rescued from the tip :) .




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Re: The proper use of stem shifters

Postby Nobody » Wed May 08, 2013 8:38 pm

Looks like a nice restoration job. 7 speed?

Rather than taking his primary braking hand off the bar to ring the bell, he could have a flexible mount bell (like the NC-17) mounted under the left brake hood. That way he could ring and brake at the same time while keeping his hands on the bars/hoods. :)

Does he ride in wet weather?
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Re: The proper use of stem shifters

Postby trailgumby » Wed May 08, 2013 8:46 pm

Verrah naice job thair Mistah LDR

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Re: The proper use of stem shifters

Postby ldrcycles » Wed May 08, 2013 10:06 pm

Nobody wrote:Looks like a nice restoration job. 7 speed?

Rather than taking his primary braking hand off the bar to ring the bell, he could have a flexible mount bell (like the NC-17) mounted under the left brake hood. That way he could ring and brake at the same time while keeping his hands on the bars/hoods. :)

Does he ride in wet weather?



Somewhat rushed, but it came out ok, and I was happy to be able to save some of the original decals. Yep 7 speed, the shifters are off a Schwinn Prelude I bought new for $250 when I was getting back into road riding.

I hadn't ever seen a bell like that, that would definitely be a good option, i'll let him know.

And he has ridden through a couple of storms, but usually a fair weather rider. He's a competitive swimmer so you would think he'd be ok with getting wet :lol: .
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Re: The proper use of stem shifters

Postby Nobody » Wed May 08, 2013 10:21 pm

ldrcycles wrote:And he has ridden through a couple of storms, but usually a fair weather rider. He's a competitive swimmer so you would think he'd be ok with getting wet :lol: .
Since he does occasionally, he might want to consider getting a set of studded pedals as the plastic get slippery when wet. I've found the DMR V8s cheap and effective for that type of riding.
http://road.cc/content/review/60138-dmr-v8-pedals
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Re: The proper use of stem shifters

Postby RobertFrith » Wed May 08, 2013 10:45 pm

What are those?? STI stem shifters?
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Re: The proper use of stem shifters

Postby ldrcycles » Thu May 09, 2013 7:23 pm

In a manner of speaking, 7 speed indexed, those ones aren't particularly common but I know Cell had an entry level bike with them. They aren't a shade on brake/shift levers but certainly an improvement on traditional stem shifters.

Nobody, I think he may already have changed the pedals, (might even have SPDs now) the ones in the photo were just what I had lying around at the time so I could ride it up and down the road to make sure the shifting was set up properly. I've slipped off crummy pedals before, not a pleasant experience.
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