fitted some to my ‘hack’ bike as they were the cheapest thing I could find.
now running them pretty much all the time, don’t have to worry about gritty shitty cables and hoping the clickety click will actually make it to the next sprocket.
cheap, light, functional.
Sure, it’s a bit slower to shift, but in reality I can now spend more time riding my bike than swearing at it.
(ok, well I would if I wasn’t at work)Posted 4 years agoBigDummySubscriber
I am a massive fan of thumbies – I have run them for years on my cargo bike (which gets left out in all weathers and gets new cables about once every 3 years or so.
I also tried running them on my main hardtail for a while. That was a struggle: compared to a trigger shifter they are much harder to get to in the rough. Fine if you’re riding it “like a singlespeed, but with gears” but if you’re trying to change gear frequently to go as rapidly as possible it’s far from ideal.
As with road STis, it’s easy to see why they caught on, although that doesn’t mean they’re essential. 🙂Posted 4 years agoavdave2Member
I used to find that after a day out riding on a rigid bike with thumbies I’d have to grip it with my whole hand to change gear, my thumbs just hurt too much. Thankfully along came the flexstem 🙂
I was still using them into the mid nineties – I’ve never really rushed into new technology on bikes even though each time I do finally change I usually wonder why I didn’t do it years ago.Posted 4 years agoHooterSubscriber
I’ve been running XT thumbies on friction on my main go-to mtb since c.94 🙂 I reckon over the years I’ve learnt perfectly how much to move the lever to make a shift, but only on 8 speed. Fortunately 10 years ago I stockpiled cheap 8 speed xtr cassettes and still have a few left. In my defence of luddite-ism the gears work maintenance free through the winter, and I do have 10spd sti on other bikes…Posted 4 years agoJoeGSubscriber
I was in a position similar to Hooter till late last year. I ran 8 speed Suntour XC Pro thumbshifters. These were an upgrade from Suntour 7 speed ones! I did run the rear indexed though. 8)
Then I bought a new fatbike that came with 10 speed, and I was amazed at how much better it was. Things have actually progressed over the last 20 years! 😀
I always had the Microshift 10 speed thumbies in mind as a backup if I didn’t like the triggers…Posted 4 years agoOCBMember
I’m a big fan of friction shifting, it’s how most of my bikes are set up. It allows for an easy mixture of all kinds of transmission components that would otherwise be horribly unusable. I also like being able to change across a big range in one go, rather than dabbing across, and that front mech micro-trimming on the fly is really useful(see the aforementioned mixed component comment).
(Granted, I do use the bar-end versions, but that’s just a different mounting as far as I’m concerned – tho’ I do use bar-con adapters on non-drop bars).Posted 4 years agoBig DaveMember
I’ve just fitted some Pauls Thumbies and some Shimano bar end shifters to my Karate Monkey.
I’ve been wanting to try this sort of set up for a while and have to say I absolutely love it. It just feels right in a rudimentary mechanical sort of way. My touring bike could be getting flat bars and a similar set up when I refurb it later this year.Posted 4 years agoBig DaveMember
um…don’t you run thumbies UNDER the bars so you operate them with your thumbs ? Back in the day etc etc
I can always remember them being on top of the bars myself. Maybe us oldies have more flexible thumbs 😀 Be a bit tricky mounting the Pauls Thumbies units under the bars.Posted 4 years agonedrapierSubscriber
Quite grateful for this thread! Before I’d posted the indexing had gone iffy on my roadbike. Couldn’t resolve it with the barrel adjuster on the mech, thought I’d need to put up with skippy gearing until I could replace the cable and outer.
Walked back to my bike yesterday evening and remebered this thread and the friction option on the shifter.
Problem solved. I can order 10m of SP41 from somewhere and take my sweet time getting round to fitting it.Posted 4 years agoglobaltiMember
I’ve got beautiful Suntour XC Pro thumbies on my full-rigid and a small collection of old Suntour and Shimano thumbies in my bits box…. unfortunately on all of them the ratchet on the left hand shifter has gone, allowing the FD to drop into the small ring constantly. One day I will dig them all out and try to find a way of reviving the ratchet.
Was in my LBS a few years ago and the owner opened a drawer to search for something…. in a corner my eyes spotted a brand new pair of XC Pro thumbies; I was unable to prevent my hand shooting out like a snake and grabbing them from under his nose, poor bloke was a bit surprised!Posted 4 years ago
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