I’ve been riding the road bike to work with bar end shifters for a bit over a week now, and I have to say they are a bit different than the STI shifters. On the plus side, it’s much easier to shift multiple gears either up or down. Trimming the chain with the front derailleur is also simpler, unless it’s dark and I have earphones on. Finally, the “fiddle factor” is less with the simpler bar end shifters, which need no odd springs or exotic lubricants and which are immune to things like earwax. On the minus side, I’ve knocked the shifter a couple of times when getting on or off the bike, or when leaning it against stuff. I also occasionally have to THINK about which way is up versus down shifting, and have to remember where the shifter is, but those will both get automatic with time. All in all, a very practical alternate to STI, Campy Ergo or SRAM lever shifters.
Subject Matter Mostly it's about local transportation cycling, as it exists in the here and now. It's got a smattering of other gratuitous toy recreation thrown in to keep y'all a little off balance. For those that don't know me, toy recreation means English & Italian cars, aircraft - and downhill skiing.