I prefer downtube shifters, but I have some bikes that only use stem shifters. I made this post for people on the internet who restore cheap 10 speeds and don't know what they are doing. This ends up in a shifter cable housing that is about 1 foot too short.Stem shifter cables, like all bike cables, follow the Goldilocks rule. If the housing is too short, you get a kink at one end. If the housing is too long, you get a kink at one end. If the housing is just the right length ...
Never a problem with down tube shifters.
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Duchess:I like to relocate them to a more ergonomic position.
I've only used DT shifters once, but I definitely think they're better than stem shifters, which are my least favorite. For the stem shifters I relocated, I moved them to the handlebars.Duchess:
Which do you consider more ergonomic, stem shifters or DT shifters? There are, admittedly, a number of variables related to body position on the bike.
Until I tried them, I thought DT shifters would be clumsy and uncomfortable. But now I find them handier than stem shifters. I rest my thumb on the top bar to steady my hand and use forefinger and middle finger to move the shift lever.
Working on this bike for my wife, she wants the drop bars replaced with traditional bars for a more upright seating position. Of course going to redo brake levers and cables, but she said she does not want the down tube shifter moved as she finds them "neat".
Her riding style is to pick a gear and stay in it, maybe because she has gotten derailleurs between gears and off cogs in the past and wants to avoid shifting difficulties on hills.
I don't know if she will feel the same way about down tube shifting after the drop bars go away. She does like riding "no hands" and has excellent balance so probably no big deal for her to reach for gears. I would change them out for a handlebar option myself. I have to admit the feel of the derailleurs shifting is incredible with such short cables.