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Vintage Stem Shifter
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I saw this shifter on e-bay a few months ago and had to get it for a bike I was planning. It was listed as vintage Shimano Stem Shifter, I believe it also said 5 or 6 speeds. Now Ive started the build, It is a Schwinn Delmar Cruiser, with a set of 1952 Monarch repop forks , and I want to add gears and disc brakes, Now My question I am looking for a compatible set of gears and derailleur for it. This is the first "from scratch" bike and I guess I took for granted the compatibility aspect of parts.Any help would be hugely appreciated!!
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(05-29-2010, 06:38 PM)ThatBikeGuy Wrote:  I saw this shifter on e-bay a few months ago and had to get it for a bike I was planning. It was listed as vintage Shimano Stem Shifter, I believe it also said 5 or 6 speeds. Now Ive started the build, It is a Schwinn Delmar Cruiser, with a set of 1952 Monarch repop forks , and I want to add gears and disc brakes, Now My question I am looking for a compatible set of gears and derailleur for it. This is the first "from scratch" bike and I guess I took for granted the compatibilty aspect of parts.Any help would be hugely appreciated!!
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I guess a easier way to ask the question is "will a friction shifter work with a indexed derailleur (thats all I can find) if they are both shimano ?"
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Friction shifter will work with any derailleur as long as it can pull the required mount of cable. I have friction downtube shifters on my old Peugeot and an old MTB rear derailleur (Deore XT? 7 speed) + a SRAM MTB cassette (9 speed).
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Yes not really the same thing as you have but kinda, I put a 10spd shimano shifter in replace of a index click shift and it worked very well. Just have to be more precise when changing gears.
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