Recumbents and all feet forward machines
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To be honest i am not one for upgrading parts until they wear out, however! I have done a fair few kms on my giro since buying it and found a few issues.
Issue One. When pulling off from traffic lights or in tight maneuvers in built up areas (like nipping to the shop to buy beer and cat food) I found myself changing gear unintentional due to the twist grips. Very uncool to lose the chain when you are between three lanes of traffic. I think this is due to the twist grip making up half the available Handel bar grip plus pressure exerted on the bars when pulling off or doing slow maneuvers. Solution x-9 trigger shifters (ebay $68)
Issue Two. Brakes not powerful enough. I am use to disks or V brakes. Solution Avid BB7 disks ($100)
Issue Three (and this is shallow and vain) The RD is just ugly. Solution, Sram X-O (used $70 Ebay)
These upgrades have improved the bike immensely. Better, more reliable shifting and better stopping. I really cannot foresee any need to upgrade anything else until they wear out (honest)
Bents for La Tour
I had a similar issue with my Ice Adventure FS HD, going around a corner and BANG shifters twist and in another gear Solution = Dura Ace 9 Bar End shifters with Shimano SLX M662 Shadow 9sp Rear Mech
Masi Speciale CX 2008 - Brooks B17 special saddle, Garmin Edge 810
The X-O RD really was not necessary But i have never owned a bike with a top spec bits before. My MTB runs with X-7 bits and i am really surprised at the difference between that set up and the X-9/X-O set up on the bent. I not sure what the rear cluster spec is but it looks pretty flash. With the new RD it looks really sweet.
I have ran twist grips on heaps of MTBs without issue but on a bent they just dont work.
Agreed on the twist shifts being meh on a bent. Done over 500kms on the CA2(and using it for commuting now rather than the trike cos its 7 mins quicker), just bit the bullet for some SRAM TT-500 shifters (was going to go with the triggers but not enough clearance for my legs) and some Pauls Thumbies. So damn cold in the mornings that I can't even feel my fingers.
Now just waiting for my orders to rock up.....
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