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    Friction Shifter part question

    Hey there guys, been riding my 83ish Ross and loving it. I do have one question. What is this ring on the top of the shifters for?


    Here's a quick shot of the whole bike a cleaned up. I do have the original seat but it kill the backside.

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    It tightens or loosens the action on the shifter. Too loose and it will slip; too tight and it will be difficult to shift. It basically determines how much friction your friction shifters are using!

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    I assume turn right to make it tighter and left to make it looser?

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    Sure -- the effects are pretty obvious if you play with it a bit. Tweak it a bit, then shift and you can feel it getting looser or tighter.

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    It also allows you to remove the shifter and adjust it's position on the perch. Go ahead and play with it. There's not much to break or lose with those.
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    There is a saying that goes; righty tighty, lefty loosey. Can't go wrong with thumb shifters.
    Too many bikes, and just enough time to ride them.

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    The ring flips up so you can adjust the tesion without using any tools.
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