Wal42 wrote: Yeah I know, some of you like brifter shift, I'm just pointing out that if you're running brifter shift (or should that be shite ) because you think it'll be faster, then it's the engine (you) not the transmission (the bike) that'll make the biggest difference. Plus D/T shifting is easier to maintain, has less breakage issues (remember all them little pawls & springs inside a brifter lever), D/T shifting if it's indexed & has issues, you can switch to friction. And the biggest upside to D/T shifting, it makes your bike 'look' retro (oh did I mention I like bicycles & porn, sometimes the line between them gets blurred, nice retro bike, nice D/T shifter set, hmmmm getting a bit of 'boing' in my loins ) & people do notice.
Anyway enough of my preaching from the soapbox, hopefully my ride will be loaded up onto you tube within the next few hours (providing 9oo9le don't screw me around), not that you'd be interested, just the view from my helmet as I roar past (well a few times on the flat anyway) a lot of modern briftered bikes.
I like my DT shifters too, they seem more connected with the bike.
But i am thankful for brifter on my other bike when you are halfway up hill somewhere in wup-wup and it becomes obvious that you need to drop a few ratios under load...
And i agree some modern bikes are just plain ugly.
That must be why i took so many photos of Ladies on retro-bikes when i was in Europe ?