« on: February 15, 2004, 04:13:45 pm »
Another question for the experienced touring cyclists out there ... several of the responses to my previous question about Cannondale (and the STI shifter) vs. Bruce Gordon (and the bar end friction shift) comment on the serviceability factor of broken STI shifters on the road in the middle of no where. I have virtually NO experience (yet) as a touring cyclist, but have logged thousands of miles as a roadie. I've had problems with things breaking before - chains, a cheap rear derailleur, and spokes. I've bent rims and worn out brake pads, saddles, cassettes and lots of tires. But I've never had an STI shifter fail. Is this something that is frequently experienced by long distance touring cyclists? Again, I have never ridden a bike with bar-end friction shift so I plead total ignorance of these things. I'm just trying to understand how big of a factor the shift mechanism type should be in determining which touring bike I should buy.