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Twist shifters can be well-nigh impossible to effect a gear change if one gets caught in the rain (unless wearing gloves with a grippy surface).
For shifting I prefer bar-end shifters, but I do miss being able to fit mirrors, GPS etc here :-(
Looks like I stick with the twist then for now because it also has 2 Mirrycle mirrors already mounted
Oh - another thing in favour of twist grips - they make mounting a Mirrycle mirror on the end of the handlebars a lot easier. There are other places to mount mirrors of course...
I'd just give the twisties a go for a while first - they'll probably be fine. It's not a particularly hard job changing over but might involved new grips and also possibly new gear cables - length might need to be different... If it's a new trike or from a dealer I'm sure you could amend the order - doubt they'll have got too far with it between Sat night and Monday morning :-)
Oh dear :( So the next question, as I did something very stupid after drinking last night is how easy is it to switch the twist grip system to bar ends ?
Good point about the mittens! We need a twist grip advocate to come up with some points in their favour now :-) I will say that bar ends are quite easily accidentally knocked as you carry or fold or get into the trike - twist grips in contrast are pretty much immune to accidental operation.
I'd also choose bar end shifters. I haven't had experience of twist shift on a trike, but can say that I'm more than satisfied with bar ends. I do have a twist shift on my semi-recumbent and find some difficulty in winter when riding in my mitts. It's just more clumsy. I would imagine this would exacerbate any steering issues (as outlined above).
I'd say not on a direct steer trike Peter. I found steering while changing gear on the Trail more than 'interesting with twisties and easy with bar ends.
I prefer them (bar end shifters) too - but just a personal preference really.
I'd still go for bar ends, all my trikes have them and they are easy to use.
Thanks Geoff This will probably be on an ICE Adventure.
If it is direct steer, like a Catrike I'd urge you to go for barends. I had twist shift on my Trail, and dumped them in very short order as each gear change meant a slight steering input. The issue was knowing exactly when the twist shift actually changed the gear. as it does the pressure on the steering changes too. As the Trail was my third trike I knew what I was doing as to riding and steering but a double change (Front and rear at the same time was way too 'exiting!')
Hi everybody. Looking for the pros & cons between Twist shift & bar end shift on a recumbent trike please ? Looking towards my first recumbent :) Many thanks for any advise Colin
Hi Just to say we have one up here in Edinburgh. I'm around 1.85m and close to limit height wise. x -seam is 43" Posted a review on our FB page couple of days ago. Comparing M5 to other bikes like Optima High Baron you notice road noise more. So there is a price for being faster and more rigid. You'll probably know that though. Our one is second hand and plan to keep it for a while as they are quite rare and expensive - even for a bike dealer. [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/66067108@N08/16362255172/][img]https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7390/16362255172_8dd5d02b93_z.jpg[/img][/url] [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/66067108@N08/16362255172/]Apple Pie January run[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/people/66067108@N08/]LaidBackBikes[/url], on Flickr Also saw you post on BROL. Not sure how many CHRs have been made. Interesting bike though...
Hi Keith, Thank you for your kind offer, however I'm in the South East, in Hertfordshire. Andrew
Where abouts are you? I have a 2012 Vortex FS (probably similar to current Sprint FSX but with hardshell seat). You are welcome to try it. I am in the north east. Keith
Would be great to hear from someone who has an ICE VTX and Sprint (to compare if possible) who is willing for me to test ride them. I've test ridden a Sprint RS but haven't been able to find a VTX. The only option at the moment is to go on a very long journey to Falmouth... Being able to test a Vortex or Catrike 700 would also be really helpful due to the experience of sitting at a lower seat angle. PS Have posted same request on other forums (if you see this elsewhere)
Very new to this forum but here goes! I'm looking at the M5 Racer dual 700C High Racer (or possibly the equivalent carbon high racer). I prefer the use of 700C's for superior rolling resistance & choice of wheels & tyres. However, I also prefer to be as low as possible (410mm & 480mm seat heights respectively). Am about to contact M5 directly to see about bike specs but also about the possibility of buying just a frame kit. However, before doing that I thought I would ask the forum for their opinions. Many thanks.
I don't think the easy shift plates are necessary. I used them with the 170 cranks for a while but had trouble with them rotating around the pedal spindle when they got nudged accidentally. I use Speed Drives (1:1 and 1:1.65) on three cycles with 150 and 155 mm cranks, and previously with 170 mm, all of which are easily shifted using the normal shift button alone. Note that you can also adjust the amount that the shift button protrudes from the Schlumpf Drive. Howard.