A follow up to my pubski post:
I lost a gear in the process of switching my shifter setup. Turns out, Shimano requires just slightly less cable travel to fully engage than Suntour did. The mismatch had the effect of putting my lowest cog juuuuust out of my reach. Not a super big issue, but also not a boon in Kansas headwinds.
On a whim today, I went into the local bike shop and asked if they sold any of the used parts that they pull off. Guy said not really, and asked what I was looking for.
Dude got a really weird look, said I might be in luck, and disappeared into the basement for about ten minutes.
Lo and behold: THEY HAD SOME. I now have a full set, no more mismatched weirdness.
The ratchet mechanism on the levers feel super solid and satisfying. Much better than the modern clone that fell apart on me. Also: the levers are fully serviceable. The pin that sheared off on me is a goddamned regular ass screw on these. Hell to the ya.
Those images border on pornographic... Please share an image of the mighty steering all its glory.