Beau Links recently asked re friction shifters vs. indexed, which in a way is the same thread as the "old bikes, old skis" thread. A lot of it is est hetics. We have to admit that the new technology probably wins races, but the old stuff sure is fun. Shifting an index shifter cleanly is an absolut e pleasure, and it's one of those skills you never get tired of improving. Even the sound is cool. Like the sound of wavelets slapping a wooden cano e, wooden XC skis on cold snow, double-clutching a non-synchro tranny...
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