Tuesday, February 01, 2011
The shifter worked flawlessly and the feel is much like a down tube friction shifter. Of course, being a city bike, having the entire grip rotate isn't a performance issue like it might be on a mountain bike.
Here is a look at the cable entry points on the crusty looking derailleur. Two adjuster barrels, and the left part of the cable makes a near 90 degree bend over to the right there where both ends of the cable terminate.
Because there are two cables running the show, there is no spring in the parallelogram of the rear mech. You don't have to rely on a spring to pull the cable back through some potentially contaminated housings. It actually is a pretty cool idea for an urban commuter rig that is reliable in all sorts of conditions.
Not to mention the five speed rear freewheel and beefy chain, which would take nigh unto forever to wear out.
By the way, this bike worked perfectly well. I'm sure its owner will enjoy the upright seated position, and the smooth ride.