I have broken/worn out two sets of Shimano StI levers and am looking at alternatives. I have a friend with friction downtube levers and he is very happyu with them. I can buy Silver friction downtube levers from Velo Orange or rivendell cycles, but I have a Trek 1500 with oval downtube and no braze ons. Getting the shifters is no problem, but how to mount them on the downtube is?
Plan two was to buy
Dura Ace 10 speed bar ends and run them on friction, but I have seen a link that suggest they do not really work well on friction mode. Are there any bar end shifters 8/9/10 speed that work well in friction mode?
Thanks for any suggestions